News digest for July 5-11

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July 5

  • Former Governor of the Khabarovsk Sergei Furgal measure of restraint was extended – he will remain under arrest for another three months 
  • Krasnoyarsk court sentenced the defendant of the “palace case” to two years probation in a violent case against government officials. He was accused of spraying a gas in the face of security officials at the January 23 rally
  • Alexander Ponomarenko from Sochi was arrested in connection with the case of his participation in the group of military leaders of the Chechen separatists Basayev and Khattab in 1999. He reported torture by FSB officers

July 6 

  • The ex-head the Serpukhovsky district of the Moscow region, Alexander Shestun, who at that time had already been on a hunger strike for 58 days in a pre-trial detention center, announced beating in a prison hospital. He linked this with publications about torture in the Tver colony
  • The Supreme Court upheld the verdict of journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva, who was fined 500 thousand rubles in the case of public acquittal and propaganda of terrorism because of the comment on the “Echo of Moscow in Pskov” about the terrorist attack in the Arkhangelsk FSB
  • Former coordinator of Navalny’s headquarters in Khabarovsk, Alexei Vorsin, house arrest was extended for six months under the “Dadinskaya” article (article 212.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for “repeated violation of the established procedure for organizing or holding an assembly, meeting, demonstration, procession or picketing”)
  • Two persons involved in the “palace case” in Kazan who are accused of inciting extremism are now accused of another article – calls for mass riots
  • A new criminal case was opened against ex-governor of the Kirov Nikita Belykh under the article on abuse of office
  • Searches of Jehovah’s Witnesses took place in Tver. A criminal case was opened against two believers: Alexander Starikov and Sergey Naumenko are accused of discussing the Bible on Zoom together with fellow believers
  • Aleksey Budenchuk, Jehovah’s Witness from Saratov, was released after serving a full sentence for his faith – three and a half years in the Orenburg colony

July 7

  • Petr Belyakov from Kuban, was sentenced to four years in a colony in the case of justifying terrorism. The charges were based on comments on the social network regarding the explosion in the Arkhangelsk FSB in 2018
  • FSB detained at least 16 alleged members of Hizb ut Tahrir in Penza, Ufa, Chelyabinsk and Tatarstan
  • Ukrainian journalist  from “Krym.Realii” Vladislav Esipenko arrest was extended for six months. In Russia, he is accused of making and storing explosives
  • Khabarovsk court extended the arrest of Maxim Smolnikov for three months. The artist was arrested in May in the case of justifying terrorism due to a post he made three years ago about an explosion in the Arkhangelsk FSB
  • The life-sentenced ex-head of Yukos security Alexei Pichugin was transferred from Orenburg to Lefortovo – presumably to testify against Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Before that, he refused the services of lawyers. According to journalists, he was forced to do it
  • Buryat activist Varazdat Antonyan, assistant to local blogger Dmitry Bairov, was detained and deported to Armenia
  • Foreign Ministry ordered the Estonian consul to leave Russia in two days after being accused of collecting “intelligence”

July 8

  • The Moscow City Court upheld the sentence to Stanislav Akhmedov, a defendant in the “palace case” – two years in prison on charges of using violence against a policeman. Akhmedov fully admitted his guilt, but this did not significantly affect the verdict
  • A resident of the Moscow region, Oleg Makurin, was sentenced to a fine of 300 thousand rubles for posting about attacks on the FSB. He made a repost of a publication on VKontakte, in which it was suggested to “think” about the reasons for these events.

July 9

  • Servet Gaziev, a defendant in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case in Simferopol, suffered a microstroke in the pre-trial detention center. For a long time he did not receive medical assistance and even now he is being refused in hospitalization
  • Marat Bazarbayev from Chelyabinsk is repeatedly persecuted for alleged ties with Hizb ut-Tahrir. He was searched, after what was sent to a pre-trial detention center. A relative of the detainee said that the security forces mocked and beat members of Bazarbayev’s family, even children
  • The ex-coordinator of Navalny’s headquarters in Murmansk, Violetta Grudina, was prosecuted under a “sanitary” article and was forcibly hospitalized. Earlier, she announced her desire to participate in the elections to the City Council
  • Maria Chugunova from Moscow, a participant in the winter rally in support of Navalny, was charged under the article on blocking roads by a group of persons by prior conspiracy
  • A criminal case was opened against the blogger from Kemerovo Mikhail Alferov under the article on inciting hatred and enmity because of the video in support of Navalny. As a preventive measure, the court sent him under house arrest for two months
  • Anastasia Ponkina, a student from Izhevsk, was charged with hooliganism for participating in a January rally in support of Navalny. She is accused of blocking the road during a rally