News digest for August 9-15

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August 9

• In Ufa, a Muslim was arrested on charges of involvement in the banned organization At-Takfir wal-Hijra. Earlier, he reported that the case was fabricated using threats and torture
• The court slightly mitigated the punishment in the case of the terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg metro: ten defendants sentenced to terms from 19 to 28 years of strict regime were reduced by one to two months. The rest of the verdict was left unchanged
• The defendant in the “palace case” in Moscow, Alexander Federyakov, was sentenced to one and a half years in prison
• Igor Shishkin, sentenced to three and a half years in prison in the Penza “Network” case, was released. He left Russia and told about torture during detention and investigation
• Actionist Krysevich has been extended the pre-trial detention center for a month in the case of the shooting on Red Square

August 10

• Former activist of “Open Russia” in Rostov-on-Don Anastasia Shevchenko suspended sentence was reduced for a year in the case of “undesirable organization”
• A new criminal case was opened against Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov about collecting money for an “extremist organization”
• Eldar Garipov, a participant of the January 31 rally in St. Petersburg, term of detention in the pre-trial detention center was extended by a month. During the arrest, he was beaten by security officials, and after a complaint against them to the police, the protester was charged under a criminal article
• In Sevastopol, a court rejected an appeal against the verdict of Jehovah’s Witness. Viktor Stashevsky was sentenced to six and a half years on charges of involvement in the local community of believers

August 11

• Belarusian kickboxer Alexei Kudin, extradited from Russia, received two and a half years in prison in Belarus
• Navalny was charged with creating an NGO that infringes on the personality and rights of citizens
• A criminal case under the hooliganism article was opened against woman from Moscow who held an action against renovation
• In Krasnodar, 60-year-old Jehovah’s Witness was sentenced to three years in prison

August 12

• Ex-head of the “Open Russia” in Pskov was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison in a drug case, and her husband – to 11 years
• House arrest was extended for Moscow municipal deputy Ketevan Kharaidze

August 13

• An anesthetic was taken away from Ivan Zhdanov’s father in the pre-trial detention center during a search. He is kept in a 12-bed cell with a temperature of over 39 degrees
• Petersburg deputy Maxim Reznik house arrest was extended for three months in a drug case
• The Prosecutor General’s Office recognized the “Belgian International Partnership for Human Rights” as an “undesirable” organization

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