News digest for December 20-26

News digest for December 20-26

December 20

  • The ex-head of the liquidated “Team 29” announced the launch of a project to protect those who were accused of treason and espionage
  • Gulagu.net published a video of torture in the Krasnoyarsk colony No. 17
  • The court banned the person involved in the Rashkin case on illegal hunting from using communications and leaving the house at night
  • The court in Vologda freed the anarchist from punishment in the case of arson of the United Russia office. Mathematician Azat Miftakhov received six years in prison in a case with a similar charge

December 21

  • The Moscow City Court left the rector Shaninka Zuev in the pre-trial detention center; Putin said he “saw no need to keep him behind bars”
  • Brothers Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev went on a hunger strike after the judge refused to transfer their case for consideration from Chechnya to another region
  • The verdict of the defendants in the St. Petersburg “Network” case Viktor Filinkov and Yulia Boyarshinov was upheld
  • The court refused to send DOXA editors Alla Gutnikova and Vladimir Metelkin into custody
  • Verdict of Jehovah’s Witness from Birobidzhan was approved: two and a half years suspended imprisonment
  • Putin signed a law expanding the powers of the police. Police officers gained the right to enter homes, unhook territories and open vehicles
  • The Moscow City Court approved the fine of Memorial Human Rights Center for a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs without marking “foreign agent”

December 22

  • German-language TV channel RT removed from broadcasting in Europe
  • The court in the Crimea extended the arrest until April 11 to the imam from Simferopol

December 23

  • The Moscow City Court began to consider the case on the liquidation of Memorial Human Rights Center on its merits. The next court session is scheduled for December 29
  • The Court of Cassation overturns the verdict in the case of Jehovah’s Witness from the Far East and sent him for a second appeal
  • Opposition blogger from Chechnya said his relatives were kidnapped and tortured
  • Former head of Navalny’s headquarters in Ufa Lilia Chanysheva arrest was extended until April 9
  • Former coordinator of the Khabarovsk Navalny headquarters was sentenced to three years probation under the “Dadinskaya” article

December 24

  • A criminal case was opened in Moscow over the “Happy ChKist Day” action. Left Bloc activists were detained
  • The Ministry of Justice has entered into the register of “foreign agents” LGBT assistance groups “Coming Out” and “Reverse”
  • Human rights activist who emigrated from Chechnya reported the detention of his relatives
  • Voronezh serviceman was arrested on suspicion of cooperation with Ukrainian intelligence
  • Blogger who urinated on veteran’s portrait was sentenced to four years in prison
  • Investigative Committee refused to open a case on the persecution of Irina Slavina after her self-immolation
  • The court in Moscow imposed a turnover fine on Google in the amount of more than 7.2 billion rubles (about 85 million euros) for repeated failure to delete “prohibited information”
  • Father of many children from Krasnoyarsk was sentenced to six years of imprisonment conditionally – the man was charged with the leadership of the local cell of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • The defendant in the “Moscow case” Maxim Martintsov was released

December 25

  • Roskomnadzor blocked the OVD-Info website due to “propaganda of terrorism and extremism.” The department also demands to remove the social networks of the project
  • com and Dozhd, at the request of Roskomnadzor, removed the notes written based on the materials of Khodorkovsky’s projects
  • Lawyer of the “Committee against Torture” spoke about the abduction of almost forty of his relatives in Chechnya
Aleksey Vorsin (on the right)