News digest for July 26 – August 1

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July 26

  • Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev was sent to an indefinite compulsory treatment in a closed psychiatric institution in a criminal case on the use of violence against an officer of the Russian Guard
  • Former coordinator of Navalny’s Murmansk headquarters and candidate for deputy of the local city council Violetta Grudina went on a hunger strike in the hospital. She was placed there for compulsory coronavirus treatment despite negative tests results
  • Irkutsk activist Dmitry Nadein was sent for compulsory treatment in a criminal case on justifying terrorism
  • Roskomnadzor blocked 49 websites related to Alexei Navalny and his team
  • Journalist Ivan Safronov was interrogated as a witness in the case of his lawyer Ivan Pavlov, who was accused of disclosing information from the preliminary investigation; now Pavlov will not be able to communicate with his client

July 27

  • Five participants of the rally in Vladikavkaz against the “self-isolation regime” were sentenced to terms of up to five and a half years
  • Guilty verdicts were passed In Yekaterinburg and Kazan in the “palace case”. Participants of winter protests were sentenced to the restriction of freedom and conditional restriction of freedom
  • The court extended the arrest of the Crimean Tatar activist in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” case until November. He is accused of organizing activities of the terrorist organization

July 28

  • Security officials searched the Insider media founder Roman Dobrokhotov and his parents’ apartment in the libel case
  • In Nizhny Novgorod, a national bolshevik was convicted under an article of contempt of court and assigned a year of correctional labor
  • Political scientist Fyodor Krasheninnikov, who left Russia, was prosecuted for defamation of a veteran who was already a victim in the case of Alexei Navalny
  • Searches went in the houses of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Primorsky Territory and Murmansk Region

 July 29

  • Five more participants of the Vladikavkaz rally were sentenced up to six and a half years
  • The Cassation Court overturned the ruling on the basis of which a criminal case was opened against the Nizhny Novgorod activist on cooperation with an “undesirable organization”
  • In Rostov-on-Don, three Jehovah’s Witnesses were given sentences ranging from six to six and a half years in prison for their faith
  • The chief editor of the “Project” Badanin and his deputy Rubin left Russia due to the threat of criminal prosecution

July 30

  • Sergei Furgal complained about the lack of medical care in the pre-trial detention center
  • Several more criminal cases were opened against the ex-head of the Serpukhov region Alexander Shestun
  • In St. Petersburg, the defendant in the “palace case” Nicholay Devyaty is not released from the pre-trial detention center for court hearings. It started after he talked about the extortion in the isolation ward
  • In Birobidzhan, Jehovah’s Witness Natalia Krieger was sentenced to two and a half years probation under the article on participation in the activities of an extremist organization

July 31

  • Police in different cities detained activists of the Eduard Limonov “Other Russia” because of the action “For Fair Elections”

August 1

  • Zafar Yakubov, a defendant in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case, sentenced to 17 years, went on a hunger strike in the colony. The reason was the biased and cruel attitude from the Federal Penitentiary Service officers

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Fyodor Krasheninnikov

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