News digest for August 23-29

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August 23

  • The Prosecutor General’s Office Recognized Four Organizations Associated with the “New Generation” Pentecostal Church as “Undesirable”

August 24

  • Khabarovsk artist Maxim Smolnikov (Hadid), who has been in pretrial jail for more than 3 months on charges of justifying terrorism because of his post in VK, was interrogated on a new episode of the charge – calls for extremism
  • A woman from Moscow who climbed on a tree with a crossbow as part of a protest against the renovation was charged with hooliganism committed by prior conspiracy with the use of objects used as weapons
  • Libertarian, ex-coordinator of Navalny’s Vladivostok headquarters Vladimir Dubovsky left Russia: he is afraid of persecution

August 25

  • Mathematician Azat Miftakhov, who was sentenced to six years in prison for allegedly breaking the window of the United Russia office and an abandoned smoke bomb, was sent to difficult physical work
  • Five persons involved in the second Simferopol group “Hizb ut-Tahrir” have been extended the pre-trial detention center until mid-December
  • Municipal deputy and Pussy Riot member Lyusa Stein was appointed a year of restriction of freedom on a “sanitary case”
  • Three defendants in the Tablighi Jamaat case were sentenced to fines of up to 500 thousand rubles (about 5750 euros). The court found them guilty under the article on organizing and participating in the activities of an extremist organization
  • Lawyer Ivan Pavlov said that the case of Professor Golubkin, accused of high treason, is connected with reports on the international development of a hypersonic aircraft provided to scientists as part of an officially accredited project on behalf of the authorities

August 26

  • Searches took place at the former head of Navalny’s headquarters in St. Petersburg and human rights activist from Samara
  • Mass searches took place in Moscow at alleged Jehovah’s Witnesse
  • The Moscow City Court on appeal reduced the sentence to Pavel Rebrovsky, a defendant in the “Novoye Velichiye” case, by six months, having recounted the term of being under house arrest
  • Voronezh activist Nadezhda Belova was upheld the verdict in the case of justifying terrorism. She was fined 400 thousand rubles (about 4600 euros) for commenting on the explosion in the Arkhangelsk FSB
  • Sergei Metlev, a supporter of Navalny from Magnitogorsk, left Russia. In July he was put on the federal wanted list and arrested in absentia, he was charged with organizing the January rallies

August 27

  • A person convicted in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case reported unbearable conditions of detention. The Muslim was sent to solitary confinement three times for prayer. In addition, Christian chants are played to him all day
  • Moscow court arrested two followers of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • A Tambov civil activist was searched in the case of Nazism rehabilitation
  • Two Yekaterinburg residents were sent to a colony-settlement for eight and ten months in the case of a smoke bomb and a training grenade at a rally on January 23

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