News digest for December 13-19

News digest for December 13-19

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December 13

  • The Constitutional Court rejected the complaint of the Public Oversight Commission members against the ban on discussing torture with prisoners
  • State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Rashkin, was charged with killing an elk and was forbidden to leave the house at night
  • It became known that witnesses in the Khovansky case gave literally the same testimony and may be associated with the police
  • Russian mathematicians propose to postpone the International Mathematical Congress until the release of Azat Miftakhov

December 14

  • The court fined The Insider 500 thousand rubles (about 6 000 euros) for the lack of marking of the foreign agent
  • ECHR ordered Russia to pay compensation for torture and unfair trials against 11 citizens
  • ECHR found Kadyrov’s libel claims against Novaya Gazeta and Memorial a violation of freedom of speech
  • ECHR awarded three persons involved in Hizb ut-Tahrir cases compensation for violation of the right to family life due to the ban on visiting relatives

December 15

  • The court sentenced the leaders of the Ingush protest to terms ranging from seven and a half to nine years; this is the terms that were requested by the prosecution
  • Memorial was fined half a million rubles (about 6 000 euros) for not marking the “foreign agent” on the OVD-Info website
  • The ex-head of the Serpukhov district Shestun, sentenced to 15 years, was removed from the professional register in the colony as prone to escape
  • The deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people was presented with the final charge in the case of “sabotage” on the gas pipeline

December 16

  • The first court hearing on the liquidation of Memorial Human Rights Center is scheduled for December 23
  • Lawyers are not allowed to visit the ex-head of Navalny’s Ufa headquarters Lilia Chanysheva in the pre-trial detention center
  • A blogger from Kabardino-Balkaria was added to the list of extremists and terrorists; a terrorism case was opened against her
  • Four Jehovah’s Witnesses were sentenced to suspended sentences in Naberezhnye Chelny

December 17

  • The Supreme Court denied the former activist of the “Open Russia” in consideration of complaints against the verdict under the article on the implementation of the activities of an “undesirable” organization
  • The police told “Dozhd” about mass layoffs due to subscriptions to Alexei Navalny in social networks
  • A former employee of the Federal Penitentiary Service, who administered the public “Police Ombudsman”, told the court that the investigator forced her to sign a statement against the creator of the project
  • The Ministry of Justice has entered the center for assistance to LGBT and victims of violence “Mayak” from Vladivostok to the register of “foreign agents”

December 19

  • Father of Navalny’s supporter Ivan Zhdanov was sentenced to three years probation

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