News digest for October 25-31

News digest for October 25-31

October 25

  • Roskomnadzor threatened to slow down YouTube in Russia
  • Three Astrakhan Jehovah’s Witnesses were assigned record-breaking terms of eight years in prison
  • The Investigative Committee put Sergei Savelyev on the wanted list. Savelyev handed over an archive of video recordings of torture of prisoners in the colony to human rights defenders
  • Jehovah’s Witness from Krasnoyarsk was sentenced to more than six years probation
  • It became known that on October 22 Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched in Chelyabinsk

October 26

  • The head of the investigative committee Bastrykin instructed to check Morgenstern’s statements about Victory Day
  • The defender of the Crimean Tatars was detained when he arrived to the police department. Before that, the employees forced him to completely undress at the entrance to the department
  • In Mordovia, the persons involved in the Tablighi Jamaat case, Ryais Tyshkin, Aise and Hafiz Aizatullin, were assigned from a year to three years in a colony instead of fines
  • Poland refused to extradite the head of one of “Siberia without torture” branches to Russia

October 27

  • New criminal case was opened against Lyubov Sobol
  • Libertarian Gleb Maryasov was sentenced to 10 months in prison and a fine of 2.7 million rubles (about 33 000 euros) in the case of blocking roads at a rally on January 23, 2021
  • The court in Khabarovsk overturned the decision to block the public of the femenist artist Yulia Tsvetkova, who is accused of distributing pornography
  • Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Maxim Reznik house arrest was extended in a drug case until April 20, 2022
  • Prosecutor General’s Office approved the indictment in the Furgal case

October 28

  • Ivan Zhdanov father detention in a pre-trial detention center was extended until January 2022
  • Former head of “Team 29” lawyer Ivan Pavlov was put on the wanted list
  • The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported arrest in absentia of a former prisoner, who transmitted a video of torture in the Saratov prison hospital to

October 29

  • The defendants in the Bakhchisarai involvement in the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir case were sentenced to terms from 12 to 17 years of strict regime
  • Moscow court sentenced a guy and a girl to 10 months in prison for a photo with imitation of oral sex on the background of the St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • The Moscow City Court sentenced the blogger to five years in prison for illegally obtaining information constituting a state secret
  • Court in Kemerovo extended the house arrest of blogger Mikhail Alferov again. He is accused of inciting hatred and enmity over a video in support of Alexei Navalny

October 30

  • A case of insulting the feelings of believers was brought against a resident of St. Petersburg because of a photo in underwear against the background of St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • The defendant in the St. Petersburg “Network” case Viktor Filinkov went on a hunger strike in the colony
Lyubov Sobol