News digest for August 30 – September 5

This article is available also in Polish.

August 30

  • Moscow municipal deputy Dmitry Baranovsky was sentenced to one and a half years of restriction of freedom in a “sanitary case”
  • The defendants in the case of the banner “FSB is the main terrorist” in Chelyabinsk were demanded to appoint six years in a general regime colony
  • The Court of Appeal upheld the verdict on a Moscow businessman who was sentenced to nine years in prison for his alleged connection with the “Right Sector”
  • The period of stay in the pre-trial detention center for defendant in the “palace case” Eldar Garipov, who was beaten by the security forces at a rally on January 31 in St. Petersburg, was extended until mid-February 2021
  • Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmysh left Russia
  • The Ministry of Internal Affairs recognizes the stay of Belarus citizen, comedian Idrak Mirzalizade in Russia as undesirable

August 31

  • The ECHR ruled that the Russian authorities were not involved in the murder of human rights defender Natalya Estemirova, but ineffectively investigated her death
  • Kurgan Court released two Jehovah’s Witnesses with Second Group of Disabilities from the pre-trial detention center after the demand of ECHR
  • Ukrainian Gennady Limeshko convicted in Crimea was denied in medical assistance
  • Arkhangelsk activist Drevarch Prosvetlenniy was released from house arrest on recognizance not to leave the country
  • Security officials conducted searches in the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Kabardino-Balkaria

September 1

  • The Supreme Court will review the case of the head of the Karelian “Memorial” Yuri Dmitriev
  • The persons involved in the case of the “booth of federal significance” were recalculated the terms of restriction of freedom. The rest of the verdict remained unchanged
  • Jehovah’s Witness from Guyana, arrested in Moscow, is forced to sleep on the floor
  • The police detained the head of the Doctors Alliance, Anastasia Vasilyeva, who was accused of a “sanitary case”, and forcibly taken to court. The prosecutor asked to appoint house arrest, but the court upheld the decision to prohibit certain actions
  • The journalist of “Rosderzhava” reported on the use of violence in the pre-trial detention center
  • The court sentenced to five years conditionally a minor defendant in the “palace case” from Moscow. He was accused of using violence against a government official and damaging property at a rally on January 23
  • BBC: police call those who register on Navalny’s websites at the direction of the presidential administration

September 2

  • Kabardian activist without hands Aslanbek Zhigunov received a two-year suspended sentence in the case of an attack on security forces
  • The verdict to the author of the video about “the trial of Putin’s entourage” was left unchanged. Karim Yamadayev was sentenced to 500 thousand rubles (about 5800 euros) in fine on charges of insulting the authorities and calling for terrorism
  • The Bell reported that unknown persons hacked their mailing list and sent letters to subscribers calling to boycott the elections

September 3

  • In Blagoveshchensk, the verdicts of Jehovah’s Witnesses were approved. Aleksey Berchuk – 8 years in prison – left unchanged. This is the harshest sentence in the case of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. Dmitry Golik is 6 years and 2 months in prison. His term was reduced by 10 months
  • The Ministry of Justice has included in the register of media – “foreign agents” four legal entities, which were created by journalists recognized as “foreign agents”
  • The prosecution requested four years in prison for a Ufa pensioner accused of financing extremism activities due to the transfer of funds to the mother of Bashkir opposition leader Airat Dilmukhametov, who was sentenced to nine years in prison under articles on extremism and terrorism

September 4

  • The defendant in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case went on a hunger strike due to another extension of the term of detention in the punishment cell
  • The Ministry of Internal Affairs has banned an employee of the campaign headquarters of Andrei Pivovarov with Tajik citizenship from entering Russia
Kira Yarmysh