News digest for November 29 – December 4

News digest for November 29 – December 4

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November 29

  • In the second preliminary hearing on the liquidation of Memorial Human Rights Center, the court rejected three motions of the defense: to open the trial for the press, to question experts and to copy a disc provided by the prosecutor’s office. The third preliminary meeting is scheduled for December 16
  • The court refused to mitigate the sentence for the remaining term of the defendant in the “Moscow case” Yegor Lesnykh
  • The Supreme Court indicated that an apology to the police in cases of violence against a government official is not enough to end the prosecution
  • The FSB expelled and banned the entry to Russia for the teacher of St. Petersburg State University due to cooperation with the unwanted Bard College
  • The ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal, was finally charged with fraud and leading a criminal group
  • Crimean defendant in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case, Vadim Bektemirov arrest was extended until March 2022
  • Jehovah’s Witness was sentenced to four years probation in Nizhny Novgorod

November 30

  • Yuri Khovansky, who was arrested in the case of justifying terrorism on the Internet, said that he continues to be pressured in the pre-trial detention center
  • The lawyer visited the arrested ex-head of Navalny’s Ufa headquarters. In Moscow pre-trial detention center employees of the “E” Center threaten Lilia Chanysheva with a long prison term
  • The Smolensk activist, who is accused of publicly justifying terrorism due to the repost of a staged video about the trial of Putin and his associates, has been extended the pre-trial detention center until the spring of 2022. He went on a hunger strike
  • The court again fined the Crimean Tatars who came to the hearing in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case

December 1

  • The initiation of a criminal case on contempt of court against Navalny was recognized legal
  • Homes of 14 Jehovah’s Witnesses were searched in Kurgan Region

December 2

  • Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on illegal hunting against State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Rashkin
  • The court declared illegal the placement of the Kuban activist in a psychiatric hospital. She spent almost a month there
  • The court in Tula replaced the real imprisonment for the conditional imprisonment for the supporters of the organization “Citizens of the USSR”
  • In Khakassia Jehovah’s Witness was sent to a pre-trial detention center after a search

December 3

  • The prosecution demanded to increase the term of the head of the Karelian “Memorial” Yuri Dmitriev to 15 years
  • Tomsk journalist, defendant in the case of the telegram channel “What-to do!” Igor Kuznetsov was accused of creating an extremist community
  • The FSB opened a case on the creation of an extremist community against convicted leftist activist Daria Polyudova and five of her supporters
  • The Ministry of Justice has added four «Idel.Realii» journalists to the register of “foreign agents”. One of the journalists has not cooperated with the media for more than six months. The “Citizen.Armiya.Pravo” human rights group was also included in the register
  • A man accused of high treason was arrested in Moscow

December 4

  • The court in Moscow fined the “First Anti-Corruption Mass Media” with 550 thousand rubles (about 6600 euros) its editor-in-chief under the law on “foreign agents”

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Yuri Dmitriev

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