OVD-Info https://www.opendemocracy.net/taxonomy/term/23778/all cached version 08/02/2019 16:24:34 en “Everyone is trying to get me to stop”: Russian student Vyacheslav Kryukov writes diary of his prison hunger-strike https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/vyachelsav-kryukov-hunger-strike-new-greatness-russia <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">10 people were arrested in Moscow earlier this year on fabricated extremism charges. Vyacheslav Kryukov is one of them — and is now on Day 16 of a hunger strike.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 12.50.23.png" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 12.50.23.png" alt="" title="" width="456" height="284" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Vyacheslav Kryukov (centre). Source: Dozhd. </span></span></span>Vyacheslav Kryukov, a 20-year-old student at the Russian Academy of Justice, is on hunger strike. In March 2018, Kryukov was arrested on extremism charges along with nine other people as part of the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/interview-anna-pavlikova-new-greatness-case">“New Greatness” case</a> — a previously unknown political organisation based in Moscow.</p><p dir="ltr">According to OVD-Info, which monitors politically motivated arrests in Russia, FSB officers <a href="https://therussianreader.com/2018/03/30/extremism-inside-out/">organised </a>“New Greatness” from the inside — providing funds, stimulus, direction, a meeting space and even training several participants how to use Molotov cocktails. The Russian security services subsequently declared “New Greatness” an extremist organisation, and detained 10 members in a special operation. </p><p>Kryukov has been held in Moscow Pre-Trial Detention Centre No.3 since March. On 11 September, a Moscow court extended Kryukov’s arrest once again, and he decided to announce a hunger strike as a result. This diary was passed to OVD-Info by Kryukov’s solicitor, Dmitry Ivanov.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>11 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">After I announced the strike, I came back, didn’t eat anything and went to sleep.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>12 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">I woke up, a prison officer summoned me at the morning inspection. We spoke for a long time, he tried to convince me to stop the hunger strike, but in the end we came to a compromise and I wrote him an official statement addressed to the director of the prison. It was quiet for the rest of the day, I was worried about whether they might start applying unlawful methods to me, but thankfully everything turned out OK. I was transferred to a single cell, after a personal conversation with the prison management. The conditions in this cell are actually quite good. I unpacked my things and went to sleep.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>13 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">I had practically no appetite in the morning. At the inspection, I confirmed when they asked me whether I was continuing down this road. My head hurt a little, but they refused to issue me painkillers, because I might get an ulcer as a result. Every time I got up, my head started spinning and my eyes went dark. By evening I felt nauseous, my mouth and throat felt sour.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>14 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">A general feeling of weakness in my whole body. Every time I get out of bed it’s difficult, my legs hurt, and there’s a strange sense that there’s just some kind of spirit-like liquid in my mouth and stomach. Members of the Public Monitoring Commission [an official prison watchdog] came to visit, they asked about my well-being, whether I was drinking water, what day I started the hunger strike on and so on. On the whole, they suggested that I stop what I’d started, that it was pointless continuing, that I’d already attracted attention, that I will only harm my health, that I should, instead, eat and gain strength so I can write various statements. I replied that I no longer wish to put up with all of this, this is why I was forced to do this, that I will inform society about my health and everything that happens to me constantly, that I will write to various institutions, doing everything possible. It’s very cold, I have constant heartburn now.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>15 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">There’s constant and unremitting pain in my legs, my throat feels like it’s being pressed. When I breath out through my nose, there’s a some sort of specific smell of liquid spirit. There’s a constant pulsing around my stomach, it’s hard to stand up and I constantly want to sleep.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>16 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">At the morning medical inspection, after measuring my blood pressure and pulse, they said that I had tachycardia, my weight is 57 kilogrammes. I have very strong heartburn. For a long time I couldn’t go to sleep because of the pain in my stomach and how strong my heart was beating.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>17 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">In the morning it was slightly better, if you don’t count the constant and painful heartburn at times, as well as the difficult in standing up. After midday, they tortured me with trips around the detention centre, although every step is difficult, and I bent over at times, I really wanted to drink. First, they took me downstairs to see my lawyer, then they took me to the doctor, where they weighed me, measured my blood pressure and pulse. Then they took me to see members of the Public Monitoring Commission who wanted to know about my condition, then there was a body search, and only then they took me back up to the single cell, where I fell powerless onto the bench.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>18 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">I feel better, especially if I don’t have to get up from bed for nothing. On the advice of the Public Monitoring Commission members who visited me yesterday, I decided to drink some tea, but the tea they brought in the morning was so strong, it was impossible to drink. They refused to give me any sugar. One of the guards even said that if I’m not coming off the hunger strike, water is the only thing I can drink. The whole day was quiet, there wasn’t even an evening inspection, and I slept with the bright overhead light on.</p><p><strong>19 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">I’m feeling slightly worse today, sometimes I get pains in my chest, it’s hard to breath in deeply. The prison guards are trying to convince me to stop in all sorts of stupid and ridiculous ways, it seems they think I’m an idiot. They refused to give me a newspaper that the Public Monitoring Commission had left me, saying that it was categorically forbidden, and I have the right to newspapers through the detention centre. My blood pressure is 90/60, with a quickened heart rate.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>20 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">My throat really hurts today, it’s hard to drink water. It’s becoming harder to think, my mind is becoming more scattered and less coherent. It feels like something is really pressing on my chest. My teeth hurt.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>21 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">An unusual burst of energy and strength this morning. I woke up several times overnight for unknown reasons and I couldn’t go back to sleep for a long time. My dreams aren’t the most hopeful. Something hurts between my ribs, my throat is very painful. I get chills from the cold from time to time. I’ve been told I can drink tea with sugar and other drinks without coming off the hunger strike, but I haven’t tried this yet. On the whole, everyone is trying to get me to stop.</p><p><strong>22 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">A strong sense of hunger, my teeth hurt. My head spins if I stand up too fast. I was a bit worried the whole day, they’d been trying to scare me before that today (after 10 days) I would undergo a terrible force-feeding procedure or they’d give me a drip. But in the end nothing happened. There was no evening inspection for some reason, and so the bright light was left on all night.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>23 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This morning they brought me tea, which was cold and very strong, and which was impossible to drink. It seems like my teeth are going weak on the inside. My appetite has almost completely gone, there’s a dry feeling in my throat and mouth the whole time.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>24 September</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This morning they gave cold and unbearably strong tea, which I drank at once. It’s getting colder and colder in the cell every day, and I don’t have so many warm things. I feel fatigued, every hour I want to sleep. This evening they brought a big bunch of papers, which turned out to be dozens of letters – I couldn’t believe they were all for me. Thank you to all the people across the country for the support. All your messages are touching and give me strength in this difficult time.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This article is part of our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</p><p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. 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Are you human or not?’” https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/interview-anna-pavlikova-new-greatness-case <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">An interview with the mother of Anna Pavlikova, an 18-year-old facing extremism charges in Russia.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 17.59.28.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="296" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Anna Pavlikova. </span></span></span>In mid-March, Russian law enforcement arrested ten people in Moscow on charges of creating an extremist organisation — the previously unknown “New Greatness” organisation. According to OVD-Info, which monitors politically motivated arrests in Russia, FSB officers <a href="https://therussianreader.com/2018/03/30/extremism-inside-out/">organised</a> “New Greatness” from the inside — providing funds, stimulus, direction, a meeting space and even training several participants how to use Molotov cocktails — before declaring it to be an extremist organisation and detaining its members. Charges against seven of the suspects are based on the testimony of the remaining three people who are under house arrest. These men are believed to be security service agents who infiltrated the organisation. Indeed, one of them wrote the organisation's charter.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Moscow resident Anna Pavlikova was 17 when she was arrested as part of the investigation into “New Greatness”. Since her arrest at home on 15 March, Pavlikova's health has significantly deteriorated. Regardless, her detention has been extended on several occasions: apparently she is a particularly dangerous suspect. </p><p dir="ltr">Thus, a Moscow court refused to place Pavlikova under house arrest on 9 August. But after an unsanctioned public meeting was announced in support of her and another defendant, Maria Dubovik, on 15 August, Russia's Supreme Court ordered that Pavlikova's request for house arrest be heard in court, and investigators requested that Pavlikova should be transferred to house arrest. The court is expected to hear this request on 16 August.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Alexander Chernykh, a correspondent for Kommersant, interviewed Anna Pavlikova’s mother Yulia at the request of OVD-Info in May.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Yulia, your daughter Anna was 17 when she was arrested. Tell me how the police conducted her detention.</em></p><p dir="ltr">Someone started trying to break into our flat around half five in the morning. There was loud knocking and yelling. The whole family was jolted awake, we didn’t understand what was going on at all. Some man we didn’t know said that we had flooded his apartment downstairs. We didn’t know this neighbour, but we inspected our flat anyway — everything was dry, no leaks — but he screamed to open the door. Then we called the police: we said that some thieves were trying to break in, and asked for help. They checked something and then responded that it wasn’t bandits outside, it was the police and that we should let them in. </p><p dir="ltr">My husband Dima opened the door and was immediately hit in the forehead, pushed to the ground and held there with a boot. They were all shouting “On the ground!” and swearing loudly. Four people in balaclavas and machine guns invaded our flat. Then two more in ordinary uniform &nbsp;came in. They didn’t show any ID: just forced everyone to lie down facing the ground. You know, my elder daughter was scared so much that shoved her five-month-old daughter under the bed to hide. And her husband who was lying beside her started yelling, “Don’t you see we’ve got a baby here?!” Only then the policeman told her that she could get up, and ordered her to sit on the bed with the child. They weren’t allowed to leave the room during the search.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/jpavlikova-2_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Yulia Pavlikova in her daughter's room. Source: Dmitry Bogolyubov. </span></span></span>In the meantime, we were sent to the kitchen and asked questions. They screamed at Anya [Anna], making her cry. “Tell us at once…”, “You’re probably a junkie, aren’t you?” and even “‘We’ll put you in jail for 20 years you’ll come out old and nobody will marry you.” It went on like this for a few hours. One of them even threatened to hit her.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>How did the search go? What were they looking for?</em></p><p dir="ltr">The police kept us in the kitchen, so we didn’t see the search itself. They were coming into the kitchen, showing stuff and asking ‘What is it? And what is this?’ But where they took it from we didn’t see. </p><p dir="ltr">As it turned out, they just ruined everything in the flat. They stepped on furniture in their boots. The sofa on which Anya sleeps was broken into three pieces. They threw everything off the shelves and took everything out of the cupboards and wardrobes. My daughter liked to make things out of plastic [either plasticine or polymer clay], so the police destroyed her work. What was it all for? </p><p dir="ltr"><em>Were there witnesses present?</em></p><p dir="ltr">Yes, they brought some people with them. These weren’t our neighbours or just random people. Afterwards my husband saw them in the window talking to the investigator outside. They were laughing and smiling together with him.</p><p dir="ltr">You won’t believe how absurd the search was. My Anya is really into Harry Potter. So, she’s got all the books, posters on the walls, a scarf of the school. And she made badges from the book — with some magic symbols, with their coats of arms. It all turned out very beautifully. So, they pulled the badges out of her jewellery box brought it to us and yelled “What kind of swastika is this?” And she, clever girl, responded “If you haven’t read Harry Potter, I can’t help you with anything.” Then they looked at each other and decided not to take the badges. </p><p dir="ltr"><em>What did they confiscate in the end?</em></p><p dir="ltr">They took all the electronic equipment that was in the house. Her father’s laptop was taken, all phones and even their boxes were taken too. The only thing they left was my elder daughter’s very simple phone and our old printer.</p><p dir="ltr">But the main thing that drew their interest were some printed pages which later turned out to be the charter of “Novoe Velichie”. Anya told me later when we saw each in the court that she didn’t keep anything like that at home and that the only “political” things she had at home were badges with the word “Navalny” on them.</p><p class="mag-quote-center" dir="ltr">"The search ended. They took the organisation charter, the phones and drove Anya to the Investigative Committee. They put handcuffs on her, a 17-year-old girl. Can you believe it? Because of some sheets of paper"</p><p dir="ltr">I could have chosen not to believe her — although our relationship is good, and there’s never been an instance when she’s lied to me. But after Anna was arrested, I read her message exchange on Telegram and saw that she wrote to the others almost the day before the arrest: “I don’t have anything at home.” I am certain it all was planted.</p><p dir="ltr">So, the search ended. They took the organisation charter, the phones and drove Anya to the Investigative Committee. They put handcuffs on her, a 17-year-old girl. Can you believe it? Because of some sheets of paper. Her dad went with her. I stayed at home because of my disability. I went into her room and saw how they’d left it. </p><p dir="ltr">You know, she graduated from art school. Her drawings were very pretty. So, the policemen threw all her drawings all over the room. On one of the pictures – with a dog – there was a dirty footprint left. It seems so barbarian to me, so cultureless. Was it really that necessary?</p><p dir="ltr">I actually collect and keep all of her pictures, but that one I crumpled and threw away.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>What happened to Anna after she was arrested?</em></p><p dir="ltr">My husband was with her until late at night. He said the interrogation was very harsh. Four people conducted a cross-examination, with threats, with constant obscene language. And she was underage at the time. They didn’t even hesitate to swear in front of her, the officers of the “rights-protecting” agencies. We’ve got a law against profanity. They spell “18+” on books, people face fines for swearing. But these officers swore endlessly during the search and later during the interrogation. </p><p dir="ltr">My husband requested to have a psychologist present because Anya was underage. But the investigator responded: “What am I supposed to do, hang about with you until tomorrow morning? There are too many of you.” Then they wrote in the report that there was a psychologist present although there wasn’t. They didn’t allow her to call an lawyer — she managed to do that only late at night. My husband was sent home by the police while Anya stayed there.</p><p dir="ltr">Then, the next say there was a hearing in court, she was declared to be under arrest. When I saw her at the appeal session via video camera, I was tremendously shocked. I just wanted to stand up, to wail, to scream at them: “What in the world are you doing to my daughter? Are you human or not?”</p><p dir="ltr">My Anya is very emotional... Last year during exams at school, her blood pressure jumped up to 160, she fainted. They had to call an ambulance. After that I sent her to a doctor for examination: I’ve got multiple sclerosis, I was worried she could also have it. &nbsp;No sclerosis was detected but the MRI scan revealed some issues anyway. The doctor said then: “She needs care, so she doesn’t worry. She needs to be outside, to breathe fresh air…” </p><p dir="ltr"><em>Do you have any records of this? </em></p><p dir="ltr">Of course. We handed in all these medical documents at the first court session on preventive measures. All the hospital documents on her stomach, her dysautonomia, her cardiac issues. She gets examined annually by a cardiologist and neurologist. But unfortunately no judge looked at these documents.</p><p dir="ltr">Later, we learned from Anya’s letter to the Public Oversight Committee [an organisation that monitors conditions in detention - OVD-Info] what kind of conditions she was kept in during transportation to the remand centre. There was very little space in that police wagon. She had to sit on cold metal seats while it was -10C outside. She wrote in this letter that they were kept in this insane cold for 3 hours and that her kidneys and her adnexa were inflamed and that she really suffered. It’s a real torture, you know. What are they torturing my daughter for? For some pieces of paper? </p><p dir="ltr"><em>Did Anna’s interest in politics come as a surprise or did you know about it? </em></p><p dir="ltr">I knew she wasn’t indifferent. She never lied to me. We were like friends. I knew my daughter went to the march in memory of Boris Nemtsov. I wasn’t against it — I understood that it was important for her and the demonstration was sanctioned. But the search and the arrest, indeed, came as a complete surprise. </p><p dir="ltr">I was trying to understand how that happened, so I read all the messages of this “New Greatness” group on Telegram. My daughter’s number was registered to my name [underage children are not permitted to sign a contract with a mobile operator in Russia, therefore the majority of parents register SIM cards with their names]. After the search I got a new SIM with the same number, downloaded Telegram and went through the whole story. I read and saw how these provocateurs managed to do it all. It’s all visible in the chat, like a novel.</p><p class="mag-quote-center" dir="ltr">"In the message feed, you can see when this Ruslan D. appears [the undercover agent who, in effect, created the organisation]. You can see how he talks to the kids, makes them trust him"</p><p dir="ltr">The kids weren’t thinking about anything dangerous. They just gathered at McDonalds, hung out, worried about the election and discussed what to do to prevent falsifications. We adults discuss politics as well: someone in the kitchen, someone over a cigarette. So do children.</p><p dir="ltr">In the message feed, you can see when this Ruslan D. appears [the undercover agent who, in effect, created the organisation]. You can see how he talks to the kids, makes them trust him and then starts to provoke them. He says: “Why do you gather at McDonalds like dummies? Let’s find a space. That will be serious. A step forward.” Then he brags in their chat: “Guys, I’ve bought a printer. We will print our flyers now.” And he sends photos of the printer. Then he wrote the charter. You can see it clearly. This is how he formed the group little-by-little and the kids didn’t even notice it. He is not just a provocateur, he is a Provocateur with a capital P.</p><p dir="ltr">From reading the chat I understood how he caught Anya, I guess. But before that I should tell you a little about her. She grew up very just and responsible. She cares about the environment. For instance, she had been writing to all authorities, so they would put recycling bins near the house. Because of her we started to use ecological dishwashing liquids, laundry detergent, make-up…</p><p dir="ltr">She has a big heart for nature. When they were cutting trees down to make a bicycle path at Krylatskoye [a Moscow district], she attended all the meetings, gathered signatures against it. She explained the noise would interfere with birds nesting. She always worried about them deeply. This winter was hard on the birds — it was very snowy. So, she was buying immense amounts of food for them. We hung bird feeders.</p><p dir="ltr">Once, a tree fell down due to the wind. She went and found three tiny birds in the grass. The whole family fed them in turns, every two hours. Then they grew bigger and she took them back and let them go.</p><p dir="ltr">Anya loves animals in general. She wants to become a biotechnologist. She attended a preparation course at Moscow State University. She tried to enter it but her score was just by a little below the needed, so she decided to wait for a year and re-take the exams this summer. And she went to work in a veterinary clinic so she wouldn’t be a burden. They all love her there very much. When I went to get a profile on her for the court, her boss was in total shock. She complimented my daughter so much, saying that the girl runs herself rugged. </p><p dir="ltr">I think these feeling of caring, justice and responsibility — they played a nasty trick on her in the end. Probably I’m also guilty as her mom — I didn’t teach her how to be cunning. I didn’t teach her that sometimes she needs to keep quiet and sometimes to cheat a little. So she grew up very just and very straightforward. And then this provocateur Ruslan D. simply exploited it. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>How exactly?</em></p><p dir="ltr">He’s a good psychologist and knows what buttons to push. It is clearly seen in the chat. He writes to Anya: ‘“We need you. You don’t even have to pay the fees. The main thing: come to the meetings. The rest can’t do without you.” He plays on her sense of responsibility, you know. Later she writes that she doesn’t have enough time and that she wants to leave the organisation. But this provocateur doesn’t let her go, persuades her, writes her directly. He gives her important assignments. Probably the more people he puts in jail, the better for him.</p><p dir="ltr">I absolutely can’t understand how it is acceptable to act this way. He is significantly older than the rest. He’s over 30, probably married and with kids. How can he come home to them from work? You know, maybe even the fascists let kids go in some cases. But he didn’t show mercy to a 17-year-old girl, he pushed her intentionally. What for? For more stars on his shoulder boards? How can he live knowing he ruined someone else’s life? &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">My daughter should be preparing for exams now, applying to a university, engage with her animals. Anya bred parrots at home. Some of a rather rare breed. One bird they brought to her from Israel and the other one from St Petersberg. She spent a lot of time on them to make them nest. And the eggs hatched but she got arrested. So she didn’t see then. Anya hopes she’ll be let out, she asked not to give the birds away so she can see how they turned out</p><p dir="ltr">She is also is very worried about the dog. We’ve got an American Cocker Spaniel at home, he’s 11. Old and ill. Anya treated him. At our first meeting she started to cry that she wouldn’t see the dog anymore. She said: “When they were taking me they didn’t even let me to say goodbye to the dog.”</p><p dir="ltr">She was only 17 and she was arrested for a few sheets of paper. Some girls grow up quickly, but Anya isn’t like that. She hasn’t been in a relationship. No boys. She slept with a toy horse still. She’s just a child. And now she’s locked at the remand centre where there are 45 people in one cell. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">I still can’t wrap my head around it. How is it possible to ruin a child’s future taking all that she valued? I want to scream but I don’t know where. I was sitting at home today, crying and thinking that it would be great to find a place where Vladimir Putin goes. To tell him about this case.</p><p dir="ltr">Who benefits from having such a good girl taken to a remand centre? What did these kids do to put them to jail? I just don’t understand how our government lives with this. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This article is part of our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</p><p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">The inside story of Russia’s failed social media revolution</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“The Network”: how Russian security services are targeting Russian anarchists and anti-fascists </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/alona-savchuk/how-russias-security-services-target-crimean-tatars-as-islamic-terrorists">How Russia’s security services target Crimean Tatars as “Islamic terrorists”</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ivan-davydov/russia-s-latest-protests-are-no-child-s-play">Russia&#039;s latest protests are no child’s play</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:08:39 +0000 OVD-Info 119281 at https://www.opendemocracy.net OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 66: Parents against the FSB, Islam against Terrorism, and how OVD-Info does its job https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/weekly-bulletin-ovd-info-no-66-parents-against-fsb-islam-against-terrorism-and-ho <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Read the latest in Russia's crisis of political repression.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/parens.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="347" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Parents of young men facing terrorism charges as part of the <a href=https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network>"Network" case</a>. Source: OVD-Info. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Over April, May and June 2018, the OVD-Info telephone hotline was in use for 153 hours 11 minutes and 43 seconds. That’s the equivalent of talking nonstop for eight hours a day for 19 days. Behind these very significant figures lie arrests at demonstrations, searches, assaults and criminal prosecutions. Our lawyers provided advice over the phone and assistance in court. We have published a full <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/reports/crf-2018-2?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">report</a> of our work over these three months.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>This week, there have been a number of positive developments.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Courts quashed fines and community service orders imposed on participants in demonstrations in support of Alexey Navalny. We have already seen this happen in <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/08/01/v-chelyabinske-volonteru-shtaba-navalnogo-otmenili-shtraf-za-uchastie-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Chelyabinsk</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/08/01/sud-v-krasnodare-otmenil-nakazaniya-pyaterym-uchastnikam-akcii-nam-ne-car?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Krasnodar</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/08/02/v-krasnoyarske-otmenili-obyazatelnye-raboty-pyaterym-uchastnikam-akcii-nam?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Krasnoyarsk</a>. As for <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/08/01/repera-timati-oshtrafovali-na-20-tysyach-po-state-o-massovom-skoplenii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Тimati</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/08/01/egora-krida-oshtrafovali-na-20-tysyach-pel-s-timati-na-bolshoy-dmitrovke?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Еgor Krid</a>, who were fined 20,000 roubles, this had nothing to do with Navalny but was for an action on the roof of an SUV.</p><p dir="ltr">A <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/08/02/sud-otkazalsya-vzyskat-s-figurantov-bolotnogo-dela-stoimost-dubinok-i-raciy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">lawsuit</a> brought against those previously prosecuted in the Bolotnaya Square case has been dismissed. Police had tried to claim approximately 44,000 roubles in compensation for the loss of two police walkie-talkies and five batons.</p><p dir="ltr">In the case of the <a href="https://therussianreader.com/tag/new-greatness-movement-novoye-velichie/">New Greatness organisation</a>, prominent lawyers <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/31/advokat-genri-reznik-soglasilsya-voyti-v-delo-figurantki-novogo-velichiya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Genri Reznik</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/31/advokat-karinna-moskalenko-voydet-v-delo-figurantki-novogo-velichiya-marii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Karinna Moskalenko</a> have agreed to act on behalf of Anna Pavlikova and Mariya Dubovik respectively. New Greatness is an organisation set up and “uncovered” by police detectives. There are a total of 10 defendants in the case, which is based on the testimony of three men who have not themselves been arrested. One of the three has said he was ordered to infiltrate the group.</p><p dir="ltr">The Investigative Committee has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/30/sk-otkazalsya-vozbuzhdat-ugolovnoe-delo-o-primenenii-nasiliya-k?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">not brought charges</a> in an incident in which a person arrested by police had their arm broken. Local police - what a coincidence! - found there had been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/31/policiya-v-kaluge-ne-nashla-narusheniy-pri-zaderzhanii-uchastnikov-akcii-nam?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">no violations</a> at the time of the arrest.</p><p dir="ltr">Pussy Riot members who protested in Luzhniki Stadium during the World Cup final were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/30/petra-verzilova-zaderzhali-na-vyhode-iz-specpriemnika?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> as they left the detention centre where they had served 15 days in prison. New charges were drawn up against them for having failed to have the agreement (!) of the authorities for going onto the pitch. However, the court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/31/sud-vernul-dela-zaderzhannyh-uchastnikov-pussy-riot-obratno-v-policiyu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">returned the case</a> to the police for review.</p><p dir="ltr">In Ufa, 21 Muslims have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/30/sud-v-ufe-oglasil-prigovory-figurantam-ufimskogo-dela-hizb-ut-tahrir?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> to a total of 343 years in prison and a fine of 10,800,000 roubles. The men were accused of taking part in the radical Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir which has been designated in Russia as a terrorist organisation. Some of those convicted were also accused of preparing a violent seizure of power. The defendants heard their sentences wearing t-shirts that read, “I am a Muslim and I am against terrorism,” and “Islam against terror,” with the word “terror” crossed out in red. &nbsp;Human rights defenders have reported numerous violations by the authorities during the investigation into this case, including the use of torture against the defendants. </p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/38125770_893171560871373_8023716378919829504_n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="347" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>30 July 2018: sentencing of the "Ufa 26". Source: Memorial HRC.</span></span></span>Four people have been detained in Moscow for taking part in a protest against pension reform. The reason for the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/29/v-moskve-zaderzhali-organizatorov-mitinga-protiv-pensionnoy-reformy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrests</a> was the use of the slogans, “Putin is a thief” and “Putin is a dickhead,” which in the view of the police did not correspond to the announced theme of the protest. In Sarapul (Udmurtiya) the police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/28/v-sarapule-policiya-potrebovala-obyasneniy-iz-za-frazy-putin-vor-na-mitinge?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">explained</a> in talks with the organisers of a similar protest why the use of the phrase “Putin is a thief” was a violation. According to the police the organisers of the event should have stopped the protest after this slogan was sued.</p><p dir="ltr">“He said: ‘Mum, they tortured me.’ I saw the scar he had. He said I should keep my spirits up. That I should be calm.” We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/07/30/mezhdunarodnaya-set-roditeli-anarhistov-protiv-fsb?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">report</a> how the relatives of anti-fascists charged in connection with the Network prosecution have joined together to form a Parents’ Network Committee, and how this helps them live through what is happening. &nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />It is hard to find any good news regarding those charged in the Network case. Pressure continues to be applied to them, in particular those from St. Petersburg who are for the time being on remand in a detention centre in Yaroslavl. They are not <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/08/02/figurantu-dela-seti-viktoru-filinkovu-ne-peredayut-lekarstva-v-sizo-1-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">receiving any of the medicines</a> or letters sent to them.</p><p dir="ltr">Eleven young people in Penza and St. Petersburg have been charged with taking part in and organising a terrorist group with the name “Network.” Allegedly, they were preparing for disturbances in the country and “were engaged in illegal acquisition of skills of survival in forests and provision of first aid.” A number of the defendants have stated they were subjected to torture involving electric shocks by FSB officers. </p>Thank you!<p dir="ltr">You can set up a monthly donation to OVD-Info <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=donate">here.</a> This will guarantee that the work we do - monitoring human rights, running our telephone hotline, providing lawyers in court and paying for the work of analysts and journalists - can continue. It also guarantees we shall continue to help those who need our help.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This article is part of our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</p><p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/alona-savchuk/how-russias-security-services-target-crimean-tatars-as-islamic-terrorists">How Russia’s security services target Crimean Tatars as “Islamic terrorists”</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“The Network”: how Russian security services are targeting Russian anarchists and anti-fascists </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">The inside story of Russia’s failed social media revolution</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:12:38 +0000 OVD-Info 119124 at https://www.opendemocracy.net OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 62: Drugs, hunger strikes, and psychiatry https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/weekly-bulletin-no-62-drugs-hunger-strikes-and-psychiatry <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week in Russia: there's some good news, and there's some bad news.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 16.56.29_0.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="325" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Zarema Bagavutdinova. Source: OVD-Info. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Russian anarchist Dmitry Buchenkov, now living outside Russia, has written a book on how criminal cases are fabricated in Russia</strong> — and it is <a href="https://www.samoopredelenie.info/knigi/buchenkow">accessible online</a>! Dmitry was <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/tatyana-dvornikova/man-in-black-interview-with-russian-anarchist-dmitry-buchenkov">prosecuted in the Bolotnaya Square case</a>, despite the fact he was not in Moscow during the unrest on 6 May 2012. Buchenkov was held on remand for more than a year before being convicted. He left Russia before sentence was pronounced.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A human rights defender from Dagestan, Zarema Bagavutdinova has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/03/dagestanskaya-pravozashchitnica-zarema-bagavutdinova-vyshla-na-svobodu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a></strong>. Great news! <a href="http://memo.ru/d/180573.html">Bagavutdinova</a> worked in a human rights organisation and gathered together information about fabricated prosecutions, detentions, cases of torture and disappearances. She had been charged with aiding and abetting participants in an armed attack on police officers in the town of Buinaksk. The only evidence produced by the prosecution was that the accused, as a staff member of the Dagestan NGO Human Rights Defence, had criticised law enforcement and military agencies on the media. In May 2014, a court found Bagavutdinova guilty of persuading a person to join an illegal armed group and sentenced her to five years in a prison colony.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>The investigation into the so-called <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“Network” case</a> continues</strong>. Eleven young people in Penza and St Petersburg are accused of taking part in the organisation of a terrorist group, named The Network. Allegedly, they were making preparations for disturbances around the country. A number of defendants in the case have stated that FSB officers tortured them using electric shocks.</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Two suspects in the Network case, Mikhail Kulkov and Maksim Ivankin, have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/05/zaderzhany-dvoe-figurantov-dela-seti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained and remanded in custody</a>. Kulkov’s father has said he saw his son and Maksim Ivankin in court for a few minutes while they were being taken along a corridor. He noticed bruises and abrasions on their skin. Kulkov and Ivankin are accused of organising a terrorist group. <br class="kix-line-break" />The first time they were detained, they were arrested along with <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/anti-fascist-torture-russia-alexey-poltavets">Alexey Poltavets</a>, an anti-fascist activist, who has claimed he was tortured. Kulkov and Ivankin were at that time beaten, after which they left Penza.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Dmitry Pchelintsev, one of the suspects in the Network case, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/04/figuranta-dela-seti-dmitriya-pchelinceva-vyvezli-v-sankt-peterburg?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">taken to St Petersburg</a> from the No. 1 pre-trial detention centre in the city of Penza where he was being held for further investigative measures. According to members of the local Public Oversight Commission, Pchelintsev has no <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/06/chleny-onk-nashli-figuranta-dela-seti-dmitriya-pchelinceva-v-ivs-peterburga?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">complaints</a> about the temporary detention centre in which he was kept: “He is surprised that detainees are given food which is OK to eat.” <br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Penza regional court has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/29/v-penze-sud-ostavil-pod-arestom-obvinyaemyh-po-delu-seti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">upheld the custody</a> of Ilya Shakursky and Andrey Chernov, who are held on remand.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>Stanislav Klykh, sentenced to 20 years in a prison colony on charges of killing Russian soldiers during the First Chechen War, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/04/osuzhdennyy-ukrainec-klyh-nashelsya-v-psihiatricheskoy-tyuremnoy-bolnice?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">transferred</a> to a psychiatric hospital</strong>. </p><p dir="ltr">- Klykh has said that after his arrest in 2014 he was tortured with electric shocks, deprived of sleep, suspended from handcuffs, had his eyes crushed, and was beaten. He would have been physically unable to take part in military action in Grozny during the period in relation to which he was charged. As confirmed by witnesses and university documents, from the end of December 1994 Klykh was finalising his university coursework, and at the beginning of January 1995 his university exams had already begun. </p><p dir="ltr">- In court, Klykh behaved in a strange manner: he was at times apathetic, at times rowdy. Human rights defenders assert that Klykh became mentally ill because of the torture to which he was subjected. At one of the court hearings he began to shout at the prosecutor. Additional charges were laid against him of failing to respect the court, and he was given an extra month in the prison colony. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /><strong>Vyacheslav Shatrovsky has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/03/vyacheslav-shatrovskiy-nahoditsya-na-karantine-v-ik-5-kirovskoy-oblasti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">transferred</a> to a prison colony before his sentence entered into force</strong>. According to his lawyer, this constitutes a violation of Article 49 of the Constitution (presumption of innocence until a sentence enters into force). Shatrovsky has been sentenced to three years in a general-regime prison colony on charges of attacking a police officer during the so-called <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">“Maltsev revolution”</a>. At the time of his arrest, Shatrovsky suffered an open head injury.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Crimea, pro-Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/07/05/proukrainskogo-aktivista-vladimira-baluha-prigovorili-k-pyati-godam-kolonii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> to five years in a general-regime prison colony and a 10,000 rouble fine</strong>. According to the trial judge, Balukh attacked the head of a temporary detention facility, thereby disrupting the work of the institution. The activist’s sentence was handed down on the basis of two criminal charges: earlier Balukh had been found guilty of possessing ammunition and explosive materials. Balukh remains on hunger strike, which he began on 19 March.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Two <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/30/na-krymskogo-tatarina-soobshchavshego-o-pohishchenii-i-pytkah-zaveli-dva?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">charges</a> have been brought against Renat Paralamov, a Crimean Tatar, who reported disappearances and torture</strong>. Renat Paralamov has been charged with illegal trafficking of explosive materials and ammunition. The prosecutor refused to institute an investigation of the actions of FSB officers who conducted the search of Paralamov’s home and subsequently took him away with a plastic bag over his head.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Mikhail Savostin, an activist from Mineralnye Vody suspected of possessing drugs, has gone on <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/30/podozrevaemyy-v-hranenii-narkotikov-aktivist-iz-mineralnyh-vod-obyavil?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">hunger strike without water</a></strong>. Mikhail Savostin has drunk no water for nine days since he went on hunger strike, and his condition has seriously deteriorated. The activist asserts that the drugs had been planted on him and he demands that the criminal charge against him be dropped.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Texts</h2><p><span>Protect our forest: Buryatia residents are ready to pay fines to defend the taiga. In Buryatia the authorities’ plans to develop forestry and export timber to China have met with protests from local residents. We have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/06/30/les-dorozhe-zhiteli-buryatii-gotovy-platit-shtrafy-chtoby-otstoyat-taygu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">found out</a> how local protests have saved the forest in one particular district. True, the authorities immediately promised business they could fell trees in another area.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />“He’s got involved with the wrong kind of things.” We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/07/05/zanimaetsya-plohimi-veshchami-istoriya-podrostka-volontera-shtaba-navalnogo-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">relate</a> the story of Maksim Neverov, a Navalny election campaign volunteer, who has only just entered the 11th [final] class at high school. Maksim wants to go to university to study law. Police in the town of Biisk, where Maksim lives, are even now introducing him to the basic features of the rule of law in Russia. They want to prosecute Maksim Neverov under administrative law for “gay propaganda” among minors.</span></p><h2 dir="ltr">Thanks</h2><p dir="ltr">You can set up a monthly donation to OVD-Info<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=donate"> here.</a> This will guarantee that the work we do - monitoring human rights, running our telephone hotline, providing lawyers in court and paying for analysts and journalists - can continue. 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But as Alexey Poltavets' experience shows, this case has a violent backstory.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/dscf7688_1_0_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="291" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Investigative prison, Penza. Source: OVD-Info. </span></span></span>Since October 2017, nine people have arrested as part of <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“The Network” case</a>, which has seen Russian anti-fascists and anarchists in St Petersburg and Penza detained on terrorism charges. According to Federal Security Service (FSB) investigators, all the arrested men were members of an organisation that planned to provoke the “popular masses for further destabilisation of the political climate in the country” during the Russian presidential elections and FIFA World Cup. Cells of the organisation were allegedly operating in Moscow, St Petersburg, Penza and Belarus.</p><p dir="ltr">But as has become clear, this case has a history that goes back to spring 2017. Sofiko Aridzhanova, a Moscow-based journalist and anarchist, recently <a href="https://vk.com/sofico_ghaval?w=wall38103741_6020">revealed</a> that FSB officers informally interrogated her in February last year. And on 23 May 2018, Viktoria Frolova, a friend of the suspects in Penza, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/05/31/tuda-i-obratno-zaderzhannaya-podruga-obvinyaemyh-po-delu-seti-pokinula-rossiyu">detained</a> at the Russian-Ukrainian border. Frolova was forced to give a testimony against her acquaintances from Penza. Prior to that, Frolova’s boyfriend Alexey Poltavets told OVD-Info how he was arrested, beaten up and tortured by FSB officers in Penza. According to Poltavets, he is referred to as “Boris” in the FSB’s case files for the “Network” case.</p><p dir="ltr">Here, he tells how he was detained and tortured in March 2017.</p><h2>About me</h2><p dir="ltr">My name is Alexey Poltavets, I was born in Omsk. In terms of my beliefs, I am an anarchist, anti-fascist and vegetarian; I am against the current government of the Russian Federation.</p><p dir="ltr">In Omsk, I took part in animal rights events — film screenings and rallies. In 2014, I was an active supporter of the Maidan protesters in Kyiv, I was speaking out against the annexation of Crimea and the incursions of the Russian army into Ukrainian territory. I attended rallies organised by the local authorities to “celebrate the return of Crimea” with a Ukrainian flag and yellow and blue balloons. This is how I tried to troll the participants of these events. As a result, I was threatened and on time policemen, including agents from Centre “E” [<a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/grigory-tumanov/dark-doings-of-russia%E2%80%99s-centre-e">Centre for Countering Extremism</a>], tried to detain me, but I managed to escape.</p><p dir="ltr">In 2016, after another quarrel with my parents caused by our political differences, I decided to leave and move to St Petersburg, to join my friend <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/fsb-officers-always-get-their-way">Viktor Filinkov</a>. I met Filinkov through my brother (they were course mates at university) in Omsk in 2014. We became friends because of our shared beliefs. Together with Viktor, we attended many opposition events, including against the annexation of Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine, as well as animal rights events. In 2016, Filinkov left for St Petersburg and got a job there, but we stayed in touch.</p><h2>How it all began</h2><p dir="ltr">On my way from Omsk to St Petersburg, I decided to stay with some friends in Penza — Filinkov had some temporary troubles with money and accommodation. I arrived in Penza in December 2016. I was 16 years old then. My friends helped me to find a job and a place to live. I was hanging out with local political activists, anti-fascists and anarchists. I knew Egor Zorin, Dmitry Pchelintsev [suspects in the “Network” case], Maxim Ivankin, Mikhail Kulkov and other local activists. We were playing Airsoft together and walking in the forest — collecting rubbish, sitting around the fire.</p><p dir="ltr">Around the end of February or the beginning of March 2017, Zorin was detained. An acquaintance invited him over, and then during that meeting he, according to Zorin, constantly left to make some calls. After one of the calls, a group of men stormed into the flat, they introduced themselves as FSB agents, a typical “maski-show” [a raid by masked security agents] followed. They found some weed in the flat and started putting pressure on Zorin, claiming that the drugs belonged to him. They told him that his acquaintances who were in the flat had already started giving evidence against him. Then they offered him a “solution”: to cooperate with the FSB and follow their orders, collect information for them and pass it on to them in a timely fashion. The agents were asking about Islamic terrorists, and were saying that there were recruiters at the university [Penza State University], where Zorin was studying. They explained that if he agreed to cooperate, they would close down their investigation into drugs in the flat, but if he refused — they would lock him up on a maximum sentence. Zorin agreed, signed necessary documents and then was released.</p><p dir="ltr">Next day, he met his friends and told them what happened. It was obvious from how he looked that he was scared and didn’t know what to do. A week later Zorin said that the FSB agents had another conversation with him: they met him next to his apartment block and put him in a car. An agent was asking questions about left-wing activism and also asked whether Zorin knew any activists. Three weeks later I was arrested.</p><h2>Arrest</h2><p dir="ltr">At 10pm, 30 March 2017, I and two of my acquaintances — Mikhail Kulkov and Maxim Ivankin — were walking to my place after a gathering at Kulkov’s place. My comrades decided to walk me home, I’m from another city. </p><p dir="ltr">A grey VAZ-2115 police car approached us, five men jumped out of it — some in plain clothes, some in uniforms. I didn’t even have time to ask why I was being detained before my hands were behind my back in handcuffs. The men in police uniform were shouting “Give me your fucking hands, give me your hands, bitch” while a man in plain clothes was overseeing the whole process. The men in uniform put me facing the car and shouted “Give us your fucking full name, quickly”. Then one of them hit me on the head and I hit my face against the car. I gave them my name, patronymic and surname. One of the men in uniform started searching me, took my money and passport and put them on the top of the car. When he didn’t find anything else, he put the things back into my pocket. After that, the same man pressed my head against the car and didn’t allow me to turn it. Another man in uniform (a FSB agent named Ilya, as I learned later) was searching Kulkov’s and Ivankin’s backpacks just where we weren’t allowed to look. Whenever I tried to turn my head to see what the men in plain clothes were doing or asked “Why am I being detained”, I was hit with a fist in the kidneys area. A few minutes later Ilya (the FSB agent) shouted: “There are drugs here!”</p><p class="mag-quote-center" dir="ltr">The FSB agent Ilya figured out what was in the bag without opening it, and said: “That’s it, guys, you’re done.”</p><p>At that point, a white Ford minibus with blue plates arrived, four men got out of it, they were dressed in tactical clothes, they were wearing caps and masks, and there was one more agent in plain clothes. The agent who was holding me turned me to face Ilya. The latter was sitting next to a pile of stuff he’d taken out of the backpacks, he was holding a transparent bag with some sort of roll of stuff inside it. The FSB agent Ilya figured out what was in the bag without opening it and said: “That’s it, guys, you’re done.” We instantly replied that the bag had been planted. In response, they started hitting us.</p><p dir="ltr">We were taken to the minibus, one of the agents set down next to me. He took me by my neck and pressed my head against the seat in front of us, and then hit me several times on the back of my head. I asked: “What did I do? Why have I been detained?”. But in response I only received more punches on my head and my face, after which the agent said: “I’m the one who asks questions here, do you understand?” Then he hit me on the face with his palm once again. I replied: “Understood.”</p><h2>Torture</h2><p dir="ltr">We drove to a police or FSB station. I didn’t have time to read what was written on the plaque at the entrance. While they were bringing us there, the agents threatened that we would now be beaten up, and we would say whatever they tell us to say.</p><p dir="ltr">I was brought into an office that had a door that led to another office. They put me into the “one and a half” position next to this door. This is when you have to stand with your legs half-bent, as if one is sitting but without a chair. It is very difficult to stand in this position for a long time. Apart from me, there were two agents in plain clothes in the room. They made sure that I could not stand in a normal position. This was around midnight. An agent called Mikhail entered the room. He approached me and, while turning me around, said “Well, hello!” and then punched me in the upper part of the stomach. I bent down, and was trying to restore my breathing, while he said: “Take it easy, I’m just warming up.”</p><p dir="ltr">Mikhail took me into the office behind the door. Ilya was already there. Mikhail took the passport and money from my pocket (later they returned my passport, but kept the money). Then he took off my handcuffs and told me to strip naked and do 20 squats. While I was doing the exercises, Mikhail checked my clothes. After that, I put my clothes back on and they again locked the handcuffs tightly behind my back. Agent Ilya said: “So, you do understand why you were arrested, don’t you?” I replied: “No.” The agents started laughing. And Ilya told me: “It is really funny how you always pretend that you have no fucking idea, but after we beat the shit out of you, you immediately begin to understand.” Mikhail punched me a few more times in the stomach and, holding me by the hair, said:</p><p class="blockquote-new" dir="ltr">“You understand that it is not by accident that we found drugs on you. Now you sign a testimony against your anarchist mates, then repeat it to an investigator, and we let you go, you will be a witness. If you don’t, you will get a maximum sentence, and I will make sure you have a good time in the detention centre, they love young boys like you there.”</p><p dir="ltr">I replied that I was not going to sign anything.</p><p dir="ltr">Mikhail was still holding me by the hair. Ilya stood up, approached me and punched me several times in the upper stomach. Mikhail let my hair go and pushed me, I felt on the ground. Ilya said: “Wrong answer, we are asking you nicely. Your friends are going to prison no matter what you say, the only question is whether you are going to join them.” I coughed and tried to stand up, the same agent put a chair next to me and said: “Sit down.” I sat down and replied: “I have already told you that I am not going to sign anything.” Mikhail kicked me in the chest with his leg (the kick was more like a push than a kick) and I fell backwards together with the chair. He said: “Ok, this means you will get a full term together with them, right now your friends are ratting you out next door, while you’re protecting them here. If you don’t want to lose your health in this room — &nbsp;you will have to answer our questions.” Then the agent picked up the chair and I sat down again.</p><p class="mag-quote-center" dir="ltr">They threatened and pressured me a lot, they threatened to rape me with a broom. This went on the whole night</p><p>Next, they threatened and pressured me a lot, they threatened to rape me with a broom. This went on the whole night. Sometimes an agent named Nikolay entered and also humiliated me. Nikolay would wring my arms behind my back, which was extremely painful, and it seemed as if he was going to break my arms, he was also pulling my hair, screwing my ear up in a ball. Whenever I fell and was lying on my back, he put his foot on my genitals and was pressing stronger and stronger. I felt unbearable pain, which lasted for a long time afterwards. Nikolay threatened to hang me up and to send me in to people who would rape me.</p><p dir="ltr">After threatening me, the agents began to ask when I came to Penza, why, what I was doing, how I met others who were arrested, and other things that concerned me. I replied to those questions. Sometimes the agents took breaks and ate and drank — during those intervals I was put back to the wall in the “one and a half” position. When I could not stand like that anymore and tried to stand normally, an agent would come and hit me with his palm in the stomach, and was threatening to hang me up. After that, I stood back in the “one and a half” position.</p><p dir="ltr">I held this position until evening. Then they brought me to the office and sat me down on a chair. There were three agents in the room: Mikhail, Ilya and Nikolay. They asked me: “So, have you changed your mind?” I replied: “No.” Ilya sat down in front of me and said: “Your friends have already testified against you. What happened to you earlier was the best thing that could have happened. I have broken many people like you with these very hands.” It was clear that he was proud of himself. Nikolay stood behind me, he placed the backrest of the chair between my back and my hands, so I couldn’t get up or move. Nikolay took an old thick plastic bag out of the cabinet, the sides of it were rolled down, he rolled them once more and placed it on my head, without tying it. They repeated all questions again, I didn’t answer.</p><p dir="ltr">At that point, I got really scared, I feared for my life and was afraid that I wouldn’t leave that room alive if I didn’t do what the agents wanted. Nikolay tied the bag from behind, and I began to suffocate and jerk. The chair began to tilt, but Ilya pressed it down, while Nikolay pressed me against the back of the chair. Nikolay took off the bag from my head, I started coughing, some saliva dropped on the floor, which made Ilya angry and he hit me, saying something about me making their floor dirty. Ilya repeated the questions, I repeated that I was not going to say or sign anything. After that, Nikolay put the bag back and tied it, but this time he hold it for longer than the first time.</p><p class="mag-quote-center" dir="ltr">This time I was suffocating much more seriously: the first time I tried to hold my breath and keep calm before they tied the bag, as if I was diving, but I soon ran out of air and started panicking</p><p dir="ltr">I was experiencing an overwhelming sense of fear, I was suffocating and could not do anything. I felt like doing anything they would tell [me to do] to get a gasp of air.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">This time I was suffocating much more seriously: the first time I tried to hold my breath and keep calm before they tied the bag, as if I was diving, but I soon ran out of air and started panicking. When they took the bag off, I started coughing and said: “Stop it, stop torturing me.” In response, they put the bag back on, while I didn’t even have time to cough after the previous time. The third time, Nikolay held the bag on even longer. After he took the bag off, I was asked again whether I was going to sign a evidence statement and an agreement to cooperate. I replied: “Stop torturing me. You are twice as old as I am, I am in handcuffs, how can you do this?” They replied: “There is no other way with you” — and put the bag back on. I experienced an unbearable lack of oxygen, panic and fear.</p><p dir="ltr">They repeated these “procedures” five or seven times more, after that they took the bag off for a few seconds and put it on again, and hold it even longer, as a result I almost urinated on myself. Afterwards, Nikolay took off the bag, all agents were very angry, they repeated the question, I didn’t reply. After that, Mikhail who was sitting all the time and observing the torture said: “We’ll get the soldering iron and you will agree to everything” — and Ilya started looking for a soldering iron in the office. Mikhail opened the door to the office nearby and shouted: “Bring me the soldering iron”, and then left the room himself. At that point Nikolay said: “I will now take this broom and shove it in your asshole, and you will agree to everything, you won’t want to live after that. Do you want that?” I said: “No, I don’t.” At this moment, Mikhail returned, asked Nikolay to come with him, and they left the office and were discussing something, but I could not hear what exactly. Afterwards, Mikhail came in and said: “You have been lucky so far that your friends turned out to be more cooperative, but later you will pay for your behaviour here.”</p><p dir="ltr">Then they told me that they would let me go if I sign a pledge not to leave the city and that if I discussed what happened there — they would torture me again. The FSB agents promised to pick me up again on Monday. They brought me into the office where I was before and put me back into the “one and a half” position. It was late and the agents told me that they hadn’t slept for three days, and that they were going to bed now, and would continue to deal with us in the morning. The whole night I held the “one and a half” position next to the wall. During this time, two agents watched a film, eating and making sure that I couldn’t stand normally. But this time the agents were not so aggressive when I tried to stand in a normal pose. They allowed me to go to the toilet once, and there they were also with me.</p><p dir="ltr">In the morning, Nikolay, Mikhail and Ilya came back. They said that now I was going to answer the questions, some of which I had already answered. These were questions about me: what I was doing, why I came to the city, when, where I was going. But this time it was necessary to sign them with the investigator. They told me that I would be released together with Ivankin, since he testified against Kulkov, and Kulkov had taken the guilt on himself. They said that since I was from Omsk, I would live at Ivankin’s place. To avoid torture, I agreed. The agents wrote down my answers on a piece of paper. I asked: “What is going to happen to Kulkov?”They replied that they would put him under house arrest. Then they led me out of the building and put in a car, where there were three more agents, I didn’t know one of them, his name was Andrey.</p><p class="mag-quote-center" dir="ltr">&nbsp;“You have been lucky so far that your friends turned out to be more cooperative, but later you will pay for your behaviour here.”</p><p dir="ltr">On our way, we stopped next to a bridge, rail trucks and a forest. I was told that we had to make a photo where I point to a particular spot on the ground. I said that I was not going to get photographed and they started hitting me on the back of my head, back and the whole body, as well as threatening me. They told me that they would bring me back to the department, where I would be raped and tortured. Then I complied since I understood that the FSB agents could indeed do that. We left the car, another car stopped behind ours, and three girls came out of it. One of them, I thought, was a police officer, while two others were there just to stand next to me while they photographed us. They took off the handcuffs and told me to point first to one column of the bridge and then to another and then at an empty piece of land between the columns. I did that. Then they put the handcuffs back and drove me again.</p><p dir="ltr">When we arrived at another department, they unlocked the handcuffs and brought me to an office, a woman in police uniform was inside. She told me to sit down on a chair, I did that, and then she asked one agent to stay with me. Mikhail stayed. She offered me water. This was the first sip of water in one and a half days. Before that I was not allowed to sit (apart from the time when they were putting the bag on my head), to drink, not to mention, to eat. She offered me a chocolate bar. The door into the hall was open, and I saw how Kulkov and Ivankin were led by the office. I asked whether I could share the chocolate with my friends, and the officer (as I learned, her name was Ekaterina) said: “Eat.” I ate a half of it, and asked to give the second half to my friends, but nobody bothered to do that.</p><p dir="ltr">After that, she gave me a phone and told me to call my parents, which I did. Ekaterina told my mom that I was detained and that she would now allow us to talk. I asked my mom to find a lawyer for me, because I didn’t have &nbsp;one, and that I was not guilty. Ekaterina immediately demanded that we ended the conversation. Agent Mikhail said: “How is that we are not giving you a lawyer, you refused yourself.” I replied that I asked for a lawyer, but was refused. Mikhail gave Ekaterina the paper with my answers. She started typing what was written on it, sometimes asking questions about details. When she finished with my answers, she printed them out, and said that she was going to compare them with the answers of others. Then she returned and said that almost everything coincided. She gave me the papers with my answers and told me that if I sign them and then another paper (a pledge not to leave the city), I would be released.</p><p dir="ltr">Mikhail said: “Well do you want to drive again to us and then go to the SIZO, instead of home?” I said no and signed the papers. After that, they returned my passport and said: “Well done, now sit down and wait while Ivankin is interrogated and his testimony is printed, then we will take you home. You will sit at home, not a step outside, understood?” I said: “Understood.” Around two hours passed and then Nikolay entered the room and said that it was time to bring me and Ivankin home. Nikolay and Andrey led me and Ivankin out of the department and put us in the same car, in which I was driven there. They brought us to Ivankin’s place around 8pm, the agents explained to his parents that I was from Omsk and that I would be living with them for now. They promised to come for me on Monday [3 April 2017].</p><h2>After detention</h2><p dir="ltr">Later, Ivankin and I discussed what happened at the FSB. Ivankin told me that at the FSB, he and Kulkov had agreed that Ivankin would testify against Kulkov and Kulkov would confess — to stop the violence of the agents. They were not tortured with the bag, but were beaten up, threatened with a soldering iron, and made stand in the “one and a half” position. We decided that it was not safe to stay and that there was a direct threat to our lives from the FSB agents. We feared that the violence and torture would continue. We got in touch with Kulkov and told him that we were planning to escape, and he replied that he was going to run away too. Since we were not allowed to sit, drink, eat and sleep for almost two days, we went to bed. Next day, 2 April 2017, we left the house. Before leaving, I called my girlfriend Vika and told her what had happened. We decided that she would also leave Penza as soon as possible.</p><p dir="ltr">Since then I have not seen either Ivankin or Kulkov. I was afraid of getting in touch with human rights defenders since I thought that I would be placed in a detention centre where they would not be able to help me, and where I would be forced to testify against myself under torture. Later, it turned out that my fears were not groundless: exactly that — torture and detention — happened to my friends from Penza and Petersburg. </p><h2>Another city</h2><p dir="ltr">After we left the house where we were obliged to stay according to our pledges not to leave, I decided to go to the city N to my acquaintances. I hitchhiked there, told my friends what happened to me and they offered me to stay with them until the situation became clearer. Now I am incredibly grateful to these people and realise that they literally saved my life. Then I got in touch with my parents. According to my parents, FSB agents visited them and were asking whether they knew where I was and how to get in touch with me.</p><p dir="ltr">Understanding that the agents were looking for me, but also that I had to make a living somehow, I started looking for a job that would be possible without any papers. I found such job at a construction site, I just talked to the foreman of one the brigades. Then when they started to work on the external surface of a house, the site needed industrial climbers and people who would be able to work at heights, and since I used to do climbing and understood how everything worked, they took me on board. I lived like this for a few months, I would go home immediately after work, and tried to avoid public areas.</p><p dir="ltr">All that time, I was thinking how to leave Russia, understanding that “staying” was a direct threat to my life and health. I was considering any options of reaching a country where I could ask for an asylum, and Ukraine was my priority.</p><h2>Ukraine</h2><p dir="ltr">When I got an opportunity to move to Ukraine illegally, I used it and reached Kyiv. I was afraid to go to the migration service, since I heard that there were some cases when unknown people had abducted asylum seekers from the Russian Federation and bringing them back to Russia. In Kyiv, I found a job as an industrial climber and insulating houses, but there was no work in winter, and I worked as a delivery driver for a vegetarian cafe instead.</p><p dir="ltr">In autumn 2017, I learned that my friends had been arrested in Penza. A month earlier Victoria had got her foreign passport and joined me. Since then we have been living in Ukraine. Before her detention in May 2018, Viktoria already returned to Penza once. Then she did not have any problems at the border. This time she was brought for an interrogation to FSB, where an investigator, Tokarev, asked many questions about me and asked her to pass on his “greetings”. He threatened that they have “their own people” in Ukraine and that they would take me illegally to Russia and put in prison.</p><p dir="ltr">I also learned that FSB agents mentioned the nicknames of the arrested, including my nickname, “Boris”. In one article somebody made a mistake and wrote that Kulkov is “Boris”. I would like to correct this: “Boris” is me. I was nicknamed “Cat Boris” or simply “Boris” because I love cats very much, and I had a cat, and once while I was playing with it, there was an advertisement of cat food on TV that mentioned a cat called Boris, and a female friend called me “Cat Boris” as a joke, and then everyone started addressing me that way.</p><p dir="ltr">I read in the media that FSB agents have threatened to get to Aleksandra, Viktor Filinkov’s wife, who has very recently left Kyiv for Finland and applied for an asylum there. I also read that there were cases when some unknown people abducted asylum seekers from Russia and brought them back to the country. After that, I began to fear for my life and health, and I am afraid that I can be returned to Russia, where I will be tortured again and most probably put in prison. Therefore, I would like to get asylum in another safer counter. During this time, my health has significantly deteriorated, especially my moral and psychological state, I have developed a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which has been confirmed by a psychologist. &nbsp;</p><p>I realised that there was a danger of being extradited secretly here, but still made a decision to apply for an asylum in Ukraine. I am waiting for the authorities’ decision now. Currently, I am living in Ukraine legally.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This article is part of our partnership with OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. </p><p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“The Network”: how Russian security services are targeting Russian anarchists and anti-fascists </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/fsb-officers-always-get-their-way">“You should understand: FSB officers always get their way!”: Anti-fascist Viktor Filinkov reveals how he was tortured by Russian security services </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/svyatoslav-rechkalov/anarchists-don-t-have-leaders-svyatoslav-rechkalov-on-torture-at-hand">&quot;They put a bag on my head, cuffed my hands behind my back and tortured me with a taser&quot;: anarchist Svyatoslav Rechkalov on torture at the hands of Russian law enforcement</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/alexandra-filinkova/its-important-not-to-give-into-panic">“It’s important not to give into panic”: how I found out my husband was being tortured by the Russian security services </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-rykov/russias-security-services-against-anti-fascists">Russia’s security services have form in fabricating cases against anti-fascists </a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Russian anarchists and anti-fascists in the crosshairs Sat, 23 Jun 2018 07:59:50 +0000 OVD-Info 118562 at https://www.opendemocracy.net OVD-Info Weekly Bulletin No. 60: Torture, a hunger strike and Russia's rising retirement age https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/ovd-info-weekly-bulletin-no-60-torture-hunger-strike-and-increase-in-pensionable- <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don't worry, it's only going to get worse.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/35628266_2025764754115002_4225661457443848192_o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>"This one knows a lot, but isn't speaking. Re-interrogate with an electro-recaller." Notes found on an FSB investigation file into a Church of Scientology in St Petersburg. Source: Team 29. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p>This week’s Bulletin is not the happiest, but despite that we manage to conclude with two bits of good news.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is now on Day 40 of his hunger strike</strong>. He is demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners.</p><p>- We have studied the cases of 88 people linked with Ukraine who have been prosecuted by the Russian authorities. To make it easier to understand what is happening, we can see our <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/06/18/zalozhniki-neobyavlennoy-voyny?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">interactive project</a> that provides information about each case. At least 26 of those prosecuted have stated that they were tortured. Thirty-one have experienced serious health problems.</p><p>- Four people were detained in Moscow for handing out leaflets about the case of Oleg Sentsov case, while in Kazan a student was sentenced to 20 hours compulsory work for holding a single-person picket in support of Sentsov.</p><p>- Oleg Sentsov’s lawyer has said that Sentsov’s problems with his heart and kidneys have worsened, and his kidneys are becoming obstructed. Doctors consider that Sentsov’s condition will become critical over the next few days.</p><p><strong>The investigation into the so-called <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“Network” case</a> continues. </strong><strong>Nine young people in Penza and St Petersburg have been charged with taking part in Network, an alleged terrorist group. The suspects have allegedly made preparations for disturbances in the country. A number of the suspects stated that FSB officers tortured them with electric shocks.</strong></p><p>- Three more individuals are being investigated for involvement in the terrorist group - two for drugs-related offences, one for arson.&nbsp;</p><p>- Dmitry Pchelintsev has said that as a result of torture he only has two molars left, and he has difficulty eating.</p><p>- Pre-trial detention has been extended until 18 September for Dmitry Pchelintsev, Vasily Kuksov, Ilya Shakursky, Andrei Chernov and Arman Sagynbaev.</p><p>- Pre-trial detention has been extended until 22 October for Viktor Filinkov, Yuly Boyarshinov and Igor Shishkin. Members of the public were not admitted to the court hearing at which judgment in the cases of Filinkov and Boyarshinov was announced; a journalist from Mediazona was detained. Filinkov has said that both “physical and psychological” pressure were applied to Boyarshinov while he was in detention.&nbsp;</p><p>- “I answered: ‘Stop torturing me. You are twice my age, I am in handcuffs, how can you even do this?’ To which he answered: ‘You can’t be treated any other way,’ - and again put a plastic bag over my head. I experienced an unbearable sense of a lack of air, panic and terror.”</p><p>This is how FSB officers obtained testimony from 16-year old anti-fascist activist Alexey Poltavets. Тhe young man confirms he is referred to in the materials of the Network case under the name of Boris. This account will be available in English soon.</p><p><strong>Moscow city authorities have refused permission for a demonstration against a planned&nbsp;<a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ilya-matveev/russia-raising-pension-age">increase in retirement age</a> because of the FIFA World Cup</strong>. In Chelyabinsk, parents of students at School No. 152 have been threatened with being arrested if take part in events of that kind.</p><p><strong>In St Petersburg, lawyers of followers of the Church of Scientology were given materials of the criminal investigation that included comments by the FSB investigator</strong>. The comments included: “He knows a lot, but keeps quiet - reinterrogate with an electric aid to memory,” An idiot, but knows for sure that there is no extremism or paid-for services,” “No link with the Church of Scientology Moscow - question him again.” The investigation into the members of the Church of Scientology is being conducted by the same FSB officers as conducted the investigation into the Network terrorist group, in which the suspects were repeatedly tortured with electric shocks.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alexey Kungurov, a blogger from Tyumen convicted in connection with a blogpost, was released on 15 June</strong>. Kungurov was sentenced to two years in an open prison colony on charges of justification of terrorism (Article 205. 2, Section 1, of the Russian Criminal Code) for a publication entitled ‘Who are Putin’s hawks actually bombing?’ in which he described the situation in Syria. The blogger intends to leave Russia.</p><p><strong>The Presidential Human Rights Council has concluded that Oyub Titiev’s complaint that the drugs were planted on him has not been investigated appropriately</strong>. Oyub Titiev is head of the Chechnya branch of Memorial Human Rights Centre. He has been charged with possessing marijuana and held on remand since January.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p>With your help we can do more! <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">Sign up to make a monthly donation to OVD-Info</a>. This guarantees our monitoring work, our telephone hotline, provision of legal representation in court, and the work of our analysts and journalists. It is a guarantee for the people we are helping.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“The Network”: how Russian security services are targeting Russian anarchists and anti-fascists </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/fsb-officers-always-get-their-way">“You should understand: FSB officers always get their way!”: Anti-fascist Viktor Filinkov reveals how he was tortured by Russian security services </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ekaterina-neroznikova/no-defence-in-chechnya">No defence in Chechnya: Oyub Titiyev and the grim future of human rights in Russia’s North Caucasus</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ganna-grytsenko/this-is-why-ukrainian-film-director-oleg-sentsov-is-on-hunger-strike">Why Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/tetiana-kozak/trial-continues-askold-kurov-on-his-visit-to-oleg-sentsov">The trial continues: Askold Kurov on his visit to Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:09:44 +0000 OVD-Info 118553 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Dmitry Borisov, convicted in Russia's 26 March Case, has been released https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/dmitry-borisov-released <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Borisov was convicted for raising his foot in the air as police carried him off during a 2017 anti-corruption protest in Moscow.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/dborisov-3_1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="331" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Dmitry Borisov at court. Source: Irina Yatsenko.</span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">We have published a new set of useful <a href="https://legal.ovdinfo.org/shtraf/?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=servis_legal">instructions</a> setting out what to do if you have been fined for taking part in a protest in Russia, what difficulties you might encounter if you want (or don’t want) to pay the fine, and how to avoid these difficulties. </p><p><strong>Dmitry Borisov, convicted in the 26 March Case, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/07/figurant-dela-26-marta-dmitriy-borisov-vyshel-na-svobodu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a>. Hooray! </strong>He had been <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/young-people-gathered-to-voice-silent-reproach-dmitry-borisov-s-closing-statement">sentenced to one year in a prison colony for raising his foot in the air</a> while four police officers were carrying him during the 26 March 2017 anti-corruption protest in Moscow. He was found guilty of using violence against a police officer.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">You can read our guide to the case <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">here</a>. In it, we tell about each of the accused, the charges on which they were convicted and the discrepancies in the prosecutions.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_left caption-small'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_small/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/2018-06-01_14.12.08_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="160" height="284" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload caption-small imagecache imagecache-article_small" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>"No to the fan zone". Source: Telegram. </span></span></span>A student at Moscow State University has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/02/v-dele-o-porche-ukazatelya-k-chempionatu-mira-po-futbolu-poyavilsya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">suspected</a> of criminal vandalism</strong>. According to the investigation, Dmitry Petelin, a first-year student in the faculty of philology, wrote the phrase “No to the fan zone” on a cardboard sign put up outside the university. For this, if convicted, he &nbsp;faces a penalty ranging from a 40,000 rouble fine to three months in prison. Two other students, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/01/dvuh-studentov-mgu-zabrali-s-ekzamena-iz-za-podozreniya-v-porche-ukazatelya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> as they were sitting exams, are witnesses in the case. &nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" /><strong><br class="kix-line-break" />Moscow City Court has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/05/mosgorsud-utverdil-arest-pyateryh-figurantov-dela-novogo-velichiya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">upheld</a> the decision to remand five defendants in the “New Greatness” case in custody</strong>. The case of one of the defendants was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/07/mosgorsud-vernul-delo-o-prodlenii-sroka-aresta-anny-pavlikovoy-v-sud-pervoy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">returned</a> for review to a lower court. Maria Dubovik, 19, had waited for the video link to come live from 9 am in a cellar — and all that time she had nothing to eat and was very cold. The case of 18-year-old Anna Pavlikova was sent back to a lower court since she had not been told in advance of the court hearing. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">“New Greatness” is an organisation that was set up, judging by the case materials, by police officers who infiltrated the burgeoning movement. Ten people have been charged with organising the activities of an extremist group. However, the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/03/29/ekstremizm-s-iznanki">charges are based</a> on evidence given by three men who were not arrested. One of them has said that he had been ordered to infiltrate the group.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Film director Oleg Sentsov has been on hunger strike for 25 days. </strong></p><p>- Four people were arrested for holding single-person pickets in his support. One of those arrested was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/03/sud-v-peterburge-arestoval-na-devyat-sutok-zaderzhannogo-s-ukrainskim-flagom?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> for nine days.</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Antifascist activist Aleksandr Kolchenko, convicted in the same case as Sentsov, has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/07/antifashist-aleksandr-kolchenko-prekratil-golodovku-v-podderzhku-olega?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">ended</a> his hunger strike in support of Sentsov. Kolchenko stated that he ‘overestimated his own strength.’ Kolchenko’s lawyer has said his client is very weak and has already begun to lose consciousness. During his hunger strike, Kolchenko’s weight fell to 54 kg (Kolchenko is 1 m 90 cm in height).&nbsp;</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">In Tomsk, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been subjected to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/06/04/v-tomske-proshli-obyski-u-chlenov-svideteley-iegovy-zavedeno-delo-ob?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searches and interrogations</a>. Subsequently, a local resident was arrested. About 30 people were questioned, including an 83-year-old woman. During the interrogations, which continued until 2 a.m. at night, ambulances were called on more than one occasion to treat the detainees. A total of 19 people have been arrested in nine regions on charges of belonging to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.</p></li></ul><h2 dir="ltr">Texts </h2><p dir="ltr"><strong>“We fear he won’t survive until the end of the investigation.” </strong>We have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/interviews/2018/06/08/boimsya-chto-ne-dozhivet-do-konca-sledstviya-anastasiya-pavlikova-o-svoey?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">spoken with</a> Anastasia Pavlikova about the health of her sister Anna, held on remand, and about how the investigation in her case is proceeding.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>“A secret witness in contemporary Russia is a great find for an investigating officer who has fabricated the charges.”</strong> We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/06/07/sekretnyy-svidetel-unikalnaya-nahodka-obvineniya-glava-iz-knigi-buchenkova?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">publish</a> the third chapter of the book by Bolotnaya Square defendant Dmitry Buchenkov. While under house arrest, Buchenkov fled Russia and is writing a book outside the country, Fabrication of Criminal Cases in the Russian Federation. The book will be on public sale from next week.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/06/04/spisok-sencova-kto-vhodit-v-chislo-ukrainskih-politzaklyuchennyh-v-rossii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">consider</a> who might be on the so-called “Sentsov List”</strong>. Film director Oleg Sentsov has declared a hunger strike, demanding the release of all “Ukrainian political prisoners” held in Russia.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>“Police officers have disappeared from the streets of Yerevan”</strong>. We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/06/06/socseti-i-zakony-o-stihiynom-sobranii-kak-armyanskaya-revolyuciya-stala?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">investigate</a> how the bloodless revolution in Armenia took place, and the role played by Facebook and Telegram in the events.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">We need money to assist all those who need our help. Without your support, we cannot make our hotline available 24/7, pay for lawyers, create online legal services, write news reports and articles, analyse violations of citizens’ rights in contemporary Russia, or disseminate information. You can support us<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/#"> here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/open-letter-in-support-of-ukrainian-political-prisoners">An appeal to the representatives of countries who are expected to travel to the World Cup football games in Russia</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-protester-dmitry-borisov-26-march">Russian protester gets one-year prison sentence for waving his leg in the air (while he was carried off by police)</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ganna-grytsenko/this-is-why-ukrainian-film-director-oleg-sentsov-is-on-hunger-strike">Why Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:27:59 +0000 OVD-Info 118312 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Russia: three years for a smashed head. A concert broken up. And, once again, torture https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/three-years-for-smashed-head-concert-broken-up-and-once-again-torture <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The latest in freedom of assembly news from Russia, via OVD-Info.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/photo_2018-04-12_22-00-05-1024x681.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="306" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Dmitry Pchelintsev, one of the Penza anti-fascists facing terrorism charges. Source: rupression.com</span></span></span>This week there have been many important events in the realm of political repression. As always, we do our best to set out what has happened succinctly and with clarity.</p><p><strong>The charges against the mathematician Dmitry Bogatov for incitement to riot and justification of terrorism have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/18/interfaks-ugolovnoe-delo-matematika-dmitriya-bogatova-prekrashcheno?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">dropped</a>.</strong> Another person has now been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/21/po-delu-figurantom-kotorogo-byl-matematik-dmitriy-bogatov-arestovali?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded in custody</a> in the case. Bogatov’s prosecution was based on posts published on the web forum SysAdmins.ru by a user with the nickname “Airat Bashirov”. He used the Tor anonymiser administered by Bogatov. Thirty-three-year-old Vladislav Kuleshov, administrator of the Energomer database, is the new suspect in the case. He has pleaded guilty and, according to a statement by his lawyer, “does not want” to appeal against being remanded in custody.</p><p><strong>Vyacheslav Shatrovsky, a resident of the village of Sharya charged with using force against a police officer during the so-called <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">“Maltsev revolution”</a>, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/24/vyacheslava-shatrovskogo-prigovorili-k-trem-godam-kolonii-obshchego-rezhima?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> to three years in a general-regime prison colony.</strong> Shatrovsky says that on 5 November he was standing on Novopushkinsky Square in Moscow waiting for his son, Maksim, in order to pass a bag on to him. When Maksim got into a conflict with a police officer, his father intervened on his behalf and during the ensuing dispute the police officer threw Shatrovsky over his shoulder. The investigation considers Shatrovksy attacked the police officer. Vyacheslav Shatrovsky suffered an open head wound along with numerous bruises to his head, a diagnosis confirmed by doctors at the Sklifosovsky Institute. Later, the stitches on Shatrovsky’s head, done while he was in hospital, were removed in his cell with <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/interviews/2018/05/04/poterpevshiy-vypolnil-brosok-idet-sud-o-napadenii-na-policeyskogo-v-hode?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">the help</a> of fellow detainees.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A court ruled that Konstantin Saltykov, charged with using force against a police officer during the Voters’ Strike protest on 28 January, must remain in <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/23/prokuratura-poprosila-perevesti-saltykova-pod-domashniy-arest-sud-ostavil?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">pre-trial detention</a>. </strong>Even the prosecutor had requested that Saltykov be transferred to house arrest.</p><p><strong>The so-called <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/story/delo-o-terroristicheskom-soobshchestve-set?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">“Network” investigation continues</a>.</strong> Nine young people in Penza and St Petersburg have now been charged with taking part in the “Network” terrorist group. Allegedly, members of the group made preparations for disturbances in the country. A number of defendants have alleged they were tortured by the FSB.</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- “From now on you will do what the investigator says you will do. If he says white is black, you will say it is black. If they cut off your finger and say eat it, you will eat it.” Defendant Dmitry Pchelintsev has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/21/figurant-dela-seti-dmitriy-pchelincev-otkazalsya-ot-priznaniya-viny-i?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">retracted</a> his earlier guilty plea and has told his lawyer he was tortured to make him withdraw his previous allegation that he had been tortured. Pchelintsev was again subjected to electric shocks and threatened with his wife being raped. He has stated that if he retracts what he has said once again, this will mean he has again been victim of torture. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- St Petersburg City Court has ruled that the Petersburg defendants in the case, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/21/sud-ostavil-pod-strazhey-figuranta-dela-seti-viktora-filinkova?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Viktor Filinkov</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/22/sud-ostavil-v-sile-arest-figuranta-dela-seti-v-peterburge-yuliya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Yulia Boyarshinova</a>, are to remain in pre-trial detention.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- On the Russian-Ukrainian border a friend of the accused, Viktoriya, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/24/na-granice-s-ukrainoy-zaderzhali-podrugu-obvinyaemyh-po-delu-seti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a>.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>In St Petersburg, officers of the counter-extremism department and SOBR special purpose mobile police units <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/19/v-peterburge-sotrudniki-sobra-sorvali-pank-koncert-neskolkih-chelovek?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">broke up</a> a punk music concert.</strong> All those at the concert were photographed and had their ID checked. A number were arrested. The organiser of the concert said that “for some reason the police said the biggest guys were Nazis, some of them were even photographed with White Power signs, although our concert was an anti-fascist event.”</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>The administration of Moscow State University <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/22/pravlenie-mgu-pytaetsya-pomeshat-provesti-festival-iniciativnoy-gruppy-vuza?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">tried to break up</a> a “Festival to Get Rid of the Bolsheviks”. </strong>An hour before the festival, Moscow State University authorities blocked all public spaces of the university’s main building with ribbons and barriers, while, nearby, employees of a private security agency and police officers in civilian clothes were on duty. The hall where the festival was due to be held was flooded with water, and then, when the group Arkadii Kots was performing, one of the group’s musicians was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/22/zaderzhannogo-na-festivale-v-mgu-muzykanta-otpustili-na-nego-napisali?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>. Students at the university were protesting against the creation of a fan-zone for Bolsheviks on the territory of the university during the upcoming FIFA World Cup.</p><h2>Thanks!</h2><p dir="ltr">We need money in order to help people. Without your support we cannot make our hotline available 24/7, pay for lawyers, create online legal services, write news reports and articles, analyse violations of citizens’ rights in contemporary Russia, and disseminate information. You can support us<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/#"> here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. 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Lukyanov was beaten by police six years ago, when they mistook him for the artist in Moscow. Source: OVD-Info. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with OVD-Info, a Russian organisation monitoring freedom of assembly.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>In case you find our work on protests of interest, we have <a href="https://medium.com/@ovdinfo/%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE-%D0%B8%D0%B7%D0%BD%D1%83%D1%82%D1%80%D0%B8-%D1%88%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%B1-5-%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%8F-e81803f5f909">written</a><span> a report about our activities on 5 May. Thanks to all those who distributed information, worked at our office, and helped organise assistance to those detained. We value your help hugely.</span></p><p><strong>The so-called <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-network">“Network” case</a> continues to develop. Nine men in Penza and St Petersburg have been charged with taking part in a terrorist group entitled the “Network”: allegedly, they were preparing mass disturbances in the country. A number of defendants have <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/fsb-officers-always-get-their-way">stated</a> they were tortured by the FSB.</strong></p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Defendant Ilya Shakursky has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/17/obvinyaemyy-po-delu-seti-ilya-shakurskiy-otkazalsya-ot-priznatelnyh?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">withdrawn</a> testimony in which he admitted his guilt as charged. He has also requested that investigator Valery Tokarev be taken off the case. Shakursky’s lawyer asserts that this testimony was given under torture, and also as a result of pressure by Mikhail Grigoryan, his previous lawyer.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Еlena Bogatova, Shakursky’s mother, has made a <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/14/mat-obvinyaemogo-po-delu-seti-podala-zhalobu-na-byvshego-advokata-syna?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">complaint</a> to the bar association against Mikhail Grigoryan. In the complaint, Bogatova says Grigoryan did not tell her about the torture of her son, sought to persuade Shakursky to admit his guilt and made public statements about the guilt of his client. Mikhail Grigoryan has taken offence at OVD-Info for the publication of this news and has threatened to sue us for defamation. He has also said he will ask the police to open a criminal investigation against us for libel.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- The Investigative Committee has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/12/sk-poschital-sledy-elektroshokera-na-tele-svidetelya-po-delu-seti-ukusami?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">refused to initiate an investigation into the alleged torture</a> of Ilya Kapustin, a witness in the Network case. According to the Investigative Committee, some of the marks on Kapustin’s body were a result of the lawful use of force by FSB officers when Kapustin allegedly tried to escape. His other injuries occurred “as a result of insect bites,” in particular bed bugs, the Investigative Committee asserts.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- St Petersburg authorities have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/16/vlasti-peterburga-otklonili-pyat-zayavok-na-provedenie-shestviya-protiv?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">rejected</a> five applications to hold a march against torture. When the organisers decided to comply with the refusal, they were permitted to hold a rally in Ovsyannikovsky Garden.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>The police continue to arrest those who took part in the “He’s Not Our Tsar” protest</strong>. In Smolensk, a police officer from the counter-extremism department <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/16/v-smolenske-sotrudnik-cpe-razdal-povestki-v-policiyu-slushatelyam-sudebnogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">summoned</a> people who attended the court hearing of the prosecution (under administrative law) of a Navalny election campaign volunteer. In Tiumen, police visited activists at <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/16/policiya-prishla-v-shkolu-k-uchastniku-nam-ne-car-v-tyumeni?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">school</a> and at <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/16/aktivistu-shtaba-navalnogo-v-tyumeni-prinesli-protokol-za-akciyu-nam-ne-car?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">work</a> to charge them over the protests, while Aleksei Navalny himself was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/15/alekseya-navalnogo-otpravili-v-specpriemnik-za-akciyu-5-maya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> by a court for 30 days.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Film director Oleg Sentsov has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/16/oleg-sencov-obyavil-bessrochnuyu-golodovku-s-trebovaniem-osvobodit?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">announced</a> a hunger strike and demanded the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia</strong>. Sentsov’s lawyer explained that his client is ready to die if his demands are not met. In 2015 Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2015/08/25/oleg-sencov-poluchil-20-let-strogogo-rezhima">sentenced</a> to terms of 20 and 10 years, respectively, in strict-regime prison colonies for setting on fire the doors of the United Russia offices in Crimea.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>On Sunday, more than 20 people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/13/na-soglasovannom-mitinge-za-svobodnyy-internet-zaderzhali-bolee-20?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in Moscow at a permitted “For Free Internet” protest</strong>. Оne woman was held overnight at a police station.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Ramzan Kadyrov has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/15/kadyrov-zavil-chto-ne-schitaet-pravozashchitnikom-arestovannogo-glavu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">stated</a> that he does not consider <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ekaterina-neroznikova/no-defence-in-chechnya">Oyub Titiyev</a>, head of the Grozny branch of Memorial Human Rights Centre, to be a human rights defender</strong>. Kadyrov accused the chair of the Presidential Human Rights Council, Mikhail Fedotov, of failing to defend the rights of other convicts, along with “five or seven thousand residents of the republic who have gone missing,” when he speaks out in defence of Titiev. In response, Igor Kalyapin, chair of the NGO, Committee AGainst Torture, and a member of the Human Rights Council, <a href="https://govoritmoskva.ru/news/160398/">stated</a> that the head of the Chechnya is either badly informed or intentionally lying. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><h2>Texts and Special Projects</h2><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>This man was mistaken for Oleg Vorotnikov from the Voina art group and beaten</strong>. We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/05/11/art-direktor-i-art-aktivist-izbityy-vmesto-vora-iz-voyny-trebuet-kompensaciyu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">spoke with</a> Andrey Lukyanov, who was beaten by officers from the police counter-extremism department, after they mistook him for a member of the Voina art group, Oleg Vorotnikov. Six years later, still no investigation into the case has been conducted, and now Andrey is demanding 500,000 roubles from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>“This may apply to any report by any human rights organisation.”</strong> We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/05/15/mozhet-kasatsya-lyubogo-doklada-v-pervom-chtenii-prinyat-zakon-o-sodeystvii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">discussed</a> with experts the new law on “promoting sanctions [against Russia],” considering who might be liable to prosecution under the law and what it would mean for them.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Prosecuted for “taking an inflated duck from some street cleaners.”</strong> We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/interviews/2018/05/16/vzyal-sdutuyu-utku-u-dvornikov-intervyu-s-advokatom-arestovannogo-posle-akcii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">spoke with</a> one of the lawyers of a St Petersburg resident arrested after the “He’s Not Our Tsar” protest.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Five charged in the “Case of 26 February” have made final speeches in court</strong>. We publish a <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/report/2018/05/14/v-krymu-zavershilsya-process-po-delu-26-fevralya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">report</a> from the court hearing. The “Case of 26 February” began after a clash between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian demonstrators in Crimea on 26 February 2014. At that time, as a result of a crush in the crowd, two people died and 30 were injured. Eight Crimean Tatars have been prosecuted in the case.</p><h2 dir="ltr">Thanks!</h2><p dir="ltr">Over eight days our lawyers provided legal consultations over our telephone hotline to at least 20 people arrested for taking part in the “He’s Not Our Tsar” protests in five Russian cities.</p><p dir="ltr">We are able to help a large number of people, but to do this we need money. 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Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/down-with-tsar-russian-authorities-ban-navalny-supporter-protest-ahead-of-putins-">“Down with the tsar”: Russian authorities ban Navalny supporter protest ahead of Putin&#039;s inauguration</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/new-defendant-in-russian-anti-fascist-case">A new defendant in the Russian anti-fascist case</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/moscow-landfill-arrests">In Moscow region, campaigners against a landfill site are being arrested</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/young-people-gathered-to-voice-silent-reproach-dmitry-borisov-s-closing-statement">“Young people gathered to voice a silent reproach”: Dmitry Borisov’s closing statement in court</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 18 May 2018 15:26:22 +0000 OVD-Info 117949 at https://www.opendemocracy.net “Down with the tsar”: Russian authorities ban Navalny supporter protest ahead of Putin's inauguration https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/down-with-tsar-russian-authorities-ban-navalny-supporter-protest-ahead-of-putins- <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Organisers across the country have been detained ahead of Vladimir Putin's fourth inauguration as president.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2018-05-04 at 19.09.09.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Maxim Shulgin. Source: Youtube. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Tom</strong><strong>sk region, two participants in the Left Bloc are under investigation</strong>. One of the two was put in a car on top of a hot heater by police officers, as a result of which the activist received <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/29/v-tomske-sotrudniki-centra-e-izbili-zaderzhannogo-uchastnika-levogo-bloka?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">burns</a> to his hand. “I was lying between the back and front seats, they put their feet on top of me. They switched on the heater on purpose so that I had difficulty breathing, and if I hadn’t put my hand on the heater, my side would have been severely burnt,” Maxim Shulgin said. Shulgin had been detained for posting a song on VKontakte which, according to the investigation, incites hatred towards police officers. A second activist has also been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/30/v-tomske-vozbudili-ugolovnoe-delo-protiv-eshche-odnogo-uchastnika-levogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">charged with inciting hatred</a> via online publications, but we have not yet succeeded in getting in touch with him since he lives in the closed city of Seversk.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Kemerovo, the authorities are seeking to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/30/na-storonnicu-navalnogo-iz-kemerovo-sobirayutsya-zavodit-ugolovnoe-delo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">prosecute</a> the coordinator of Navalny’s election campaign</strong>. Кseniya Pakhomova says they want to charge her with interfering with the work of the electoral commission or the exercise by citizens of their election rights. Details of the charges are not yet known.</p><p dir="ltr">This year, May Day demonstrations did not pass without arrests:</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- 25 people from a marching column of activists for the mentally ill were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/v-moskve-na-pervomayskoy-demonstracii-zaderzhali-uchastnikov-kolonny?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in Moscow. All were released without charge after statements were taken from them. The <a href="https://takiedela.ru/news/2018/01/18/chto_takoe_psychoactivism/">activists</a> study the borders of mental illness and campaign for the destigmatisation of people with special psychological characteristics. </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- 16 nationalists were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/zaderzhannyh-na-konferencii-pravyh-sil-otpuskayut-iz-otdela-policii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in Moscow. According to the police, the nationalists took part in an illegal march along Gogol Boulevard.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- 10 people from a marching column of city conservationists were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/na-pervomayskom-shestvii-v-peterburge-zaderzhali-uchastnikov?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in St Petersburg. The police officers were displeased that the demonstrators carried flags of EU members states. Those arrested were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/zaderzhannyh-v-peterburge-za-flagi-inostrannyh-gosudarstv-ostavlyayut-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained overnight</a> by the police.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Four people in St Petersburg were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/dvuh-uchastnikov-pervomaya-v-peterburge-zaderzhali-za-portret-putina-i?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> for carrying rainbow flags and a portrait of president Putin. Each person detained was charged.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Four Right Bloc activists were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/v-tveri-zaderzhali-uchastnikov-pravogo-bloka?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> on their way to a demonstration in Tver. </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Two activists of the New Communist Movement were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/v-otdele-ostayutsya-na-noch-chleny-kommunisticheskogo-dvizheniya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in Moscow for attempting to hold up the stuffed figure of a “bourgeois” at a demonstration. The activists spent the night in a police station and have been charged with failing to obey the lawful demands of a police officer. </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Two organisers of the so-called Left March were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/organizatorov-levogo-marsha-zaderzhali-za-prevyshenie-chislennosti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in Moscow for exceeding the number of permitted participants in the march. They were released without charge. </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- One young woman was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/na-moskovskoy-monstracii-zaderzhali-dvuh-chelovek?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> at the Moscow “Monstration” for holding a rainbow umbrella and a placard with the words “My contraception.” She has been charged with breach of the rules of public assembly.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- One teenager was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/v-peterburge-zaderzhali-uchastnika-mitinga-za-svobodnyy-internet?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> by police at a rally “For A Free Internet” in St. Petersburg. &nbsp;</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- One resident of Volgograd was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/01/zhitelya-volgograda-zaderzhivali-za-plakat-s-portretom-putina?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> for a placard with a portrait of Putin and the words: “We’re fed up!”</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>In 42, cities the authorities <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/04/25/otkazy-v-soglasovanii-akciy-nam-ne-car?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">banned</a> the “He’s not our tsar” protest</strong>. The protest was being organised by supporters of Alexey Navalny who planned to hold the event on 5 May - two days before the inauguration of president Vladimir Putin. The authorities have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/story/nam-ne-car-akcii-storonnikov-navalnogo-5-maya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">brought pressure to bear on Navalny supporters</a> and the organisers of the protest. For example, this week police arrested three Navalny supporters, while two women were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/05/02/v-izhevske-za-nadpis-na-asfalte-zaderzhali-dvuh-aktivistok-shtaba-navalnogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> for writing the words “Down with the tsar” on the asphalt. &nbsp;</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">We analyse all the methods of intimidation used against Navalny supporters <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/03/23/kazhdyy-den-navalnyy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>, from the removal of toilet facilities from one of their offices, to excommunication by the church and terms in prison.<br class="kix-line-break" /> </p></li></ul><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As you probably know, we continue to have a great deal of work to do. You can<a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=7750048308&amp;e=35cf4472ba"> donate</a> to support our work. You can also join us as a<a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=145230c9b9&amp;e=35cf4472ba"> volunteer</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/armenians-in-moscow-face-prosecution-over-protests">“He’s not our tsar”: Navalny supporters prepare for new protest on 5 May</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 04 May 2018 18:06:27 +0000 OVD-Info 117703 at https://www.opendemocracy.net “He’s not our tsar”: Navalny supporters prepare for new protest on 5 May https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/armenians-in-moscow-face-prosecution-over-protests <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While a Russian state agency attempts to close down the internet, protests in Armenia are resonating in Moscow</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">While Russia’s internet regulation agency Roskomnadzor is closing down the RuNet, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/?subscribe=modal">subscribe your friends</a> to our weekly mailing — almost for sure they won’t take email away from us.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Several dozen people in Moscow joined demonstrations in support of protesters in Armenia</strong>. Many were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/23/v-moskve-byli-zaderzhany-neskolko-desyatkov-uchastnikov-akcii-u-armyanskogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>, and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/25/posle-akcii-u-armyanskogo-hrama-zavedeno-ugolovnoe-delo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">prosecutions</a> have been brought against three of them. About 300 people took part in a protest in Moscow outside the Armenian Apostolic Church. About 40 protesters were arrested. They were subsequently sentenced to fines and community work by a court. Two days after the protest, it became known that charges have been brought against two of those arrested for attacking police officers, and one other has been charged with <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/25/tverskoy-sud-arestoval-uchastnika-akcii-u-armyanskogo-hrama?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">hooliganism</a>. Most likely these are individuals that the police dragged violently out of cars. The incident was captured on <a href="https://twitter.com/adagamov/status/988115074589122561">video</a>.</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Charges of using violence against a representative of public authority (Article 318 of the Russian Criminal Code) are not infrequently brought against those arrested against whom the police themselves used violence. Back in 2012, OVD-Info published a <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/documents/2012/09/11/spravka-ovd-info-izbieniya-zaderzhannyh-i-praktika-zapugivaniya-aktivistov?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">report</a> on this practice.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>Alexey Navalny:</strong></p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- The authorities have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/04/25/otkazy-v-soglasovanii-akciy-nam-ne-car?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">refused to permit</a> a protest by supporters of Alexey Navalny to take place under the slogan, “He’s not our tsar.” The protests were planned for 5 May 2018, two days before the inauguration of president Vladimir Putin. Refusals have been received by organisers of rallies in 36 cities. &nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- The Supreme Court has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/25/verhovnyy-sud-otkazalsya-otmenyat-prigovor-bratyam-navalnym-po-delu-iv-roshe?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">refused to quash the conviction</a> of Oleg and Alexey Navalny in the Yves Rocher case (involving charges of fraud and money laundering). Earlier, the European Court of Human Rights <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/17/espch-prisudil-kompensaciyu-olegu-i-alekseyu-navalnym-po-delu-iv-roshe">found violations</a> in the case.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- A court has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/24/obvinyaemomu-v-nanesenii-udarov-policeyskim-prodlili-arest-na-mesyac?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">extended by 30 days the pre-trial detention</a> of Konstantin Saltykov, charged with using force against police. During the Voters’ Strike protest, Saltykov had tried to stop the arrest of Alexey Navalny. Investigators consider that he struck police officers “at least once” on the thigh, the left and right cheekbones, and on the back. Saltykov himself was beaten in a police van immediately following his arrest. Since 28 February 2018 the activist has been held on remand. He has not been questioned.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>Moscow City Court has told media about the outcome of a hearing before it had begun</strong>. The Court’s press service <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/23/press-sluzhba-mosgorsuda-soobshchila-ob-otkaze-udovletvorit-zhalobu-eshche?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">reported</a> a decision to uphold the sentence handed down against <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/gleb-belichenko/neighbours-but-not-friends">Natalya Sharina</a>, ex-director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature, before her appeal has been heard. News of the non-existent decision was given to RAPSI, the Rambler news aggregator, and the portal BFM.RU. The reported decision left Sharina’s suspended four-year sentence <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/24/prigovor-glave-biblioteki-ukrainskoy-literatury-ostavlen-bez-izmeneniy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">in force</a>. </p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">You can read about the case of Natalya Sharina <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/gleb-belichenko/neighbours-but-not-friends">here</a>, and about the reaction of the reading public <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/opinions/2017/06/01/boris-kupriyanov-delo-natali-sharinoy-otvratitelno-i-unizitelno?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>An organiser of the documentary film festival Artdocfest has been questioned by the Investigative Committee</strong> regarding a complaint over “incitement of hatred towards the Russian people”. Director Vitaly Mansky was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/24/organizatora-artdokfesta-oprosili-iz-za-zhaloby-na-vozbuzhdenie-nenavisti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">summoned for questioning</a> on grounds of a complaint by Anatoly Greshnevikov, a State Duma deputy and member of the Just Russia party. This year the festival had <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/tags/artdokfest">faced a number of difficulties</a>. Organisers are <a href="http://artdocfest.com/news/383">not certain</a> they will be able to hold the festival again in Russia in future.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>“You’re a normal guy, you understand everything”</strong>: A defendant in the Network case, Viktor Filinkov, has <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/on-prison-life-after-torture">told</a> how FSB officers have treated him. He has alleged they tortured him in a forest. In addition, the Investigative Committee <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/25/sk-otkazalsya-vozbuzhdat-ugolovnoe-delo-o-pytkah-figurantov-dela-seti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">has refused to open an investigation</a> into the torture of another defendant in the Network case, Igor Shishkin.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A prosecution for inciting hatred towards atheists has been dropped</strong>. The Investigative Committee has officially ruled that the poet Maxim Drozdov <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/24/ugolovnoe-delo-za-shutochnyy-stih-pro-sozhzhennuyu-uchitelnicu-eretichku?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">did not incite hatred</a> towards atheists, nor towards “heretics”. The charges had been brought on grounds of the humorous <a href="https://alexeymeeres.livejournal.com/375082.html">verse</a> that included these lines:<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /><span class="blockquote-new">The bluebells flowered in the forest,</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span class="blockquote-new">Far away a bird is chattering.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span class="blockquote-new">On the camp fire, with a faint crackle</span></p><p class="blockquote-new" dir="ltr">The remains of the woman heretic burn...</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As you probably know, we continue to have a great deal of work to do. You can<a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=7750048308&amp;e=35cf4472ba"> donate</a> to support our work. You can also join us as a<a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=145230c9b9&amp;e=35cf4472ba"> volunteer</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-six-more-years-of-repression">Russia: six more years of repression</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/moscow-landfill-arrests">In Moscow region, campaigners against a landfill site are being arrested</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/harassment-detention-and-torture-russia-s-presidential-election-is-marred-by-repr">Harassment, detention and torture: Russia’s presidential election is marred by repression</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/torture-penza-petersburg">Torture, Penza, Petersburg</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:18:24 +0000 OVD-Info 117538 at https://www.opendemocracy.net A new defendant in the Russian anti-fascist case https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/new-defendant-in-russian-anti-fascist-case <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/fsb-officers-always-get-their-way">terrorism investigation into Russia's anarchist and anti-fascist community</a> has already taken eight defendants. Now there's a ninth.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/yulik.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="345" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Yuly Boyarshinov. Source: personal archive. </span></span></span>Moscow’s Taganka district court has ruled in favour of a lawsuit by Roskomnadzor to block the Telegram messenger service. We ourselves have a <a href="https://t.me/ovdinfo">channel</a> and a <a href="https://t.me/ovdinfobot">legal bot</a> on Telegram. It is very simply to get round the blocking! There are two fantastic links on this from Aleksandr Litreyev: <a href="https://telegram.veesecurity.com/">this one</a> or, even simpler, <a href="http://proxyformymom.opentg.us/">this second one</a>. After clicking on the link, Telegram suggests that you set up a web proxy. This is secure, but you must do it on all your devices.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>The authorities continue to hype up the case of the so-called <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/fsb-officers-always-get-their-way">“Network” terrorist group</a></strong>. Earlier, a number of those accused in this case alleged they had been tortured. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Yuly Boyarshinov, from St Petersburg, has been named as a new defendant in this case. We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/04/11/my-sdelali-tebe-huzhe-govori-v-dele-seti-poyavilsya-novyy-figurant?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">tell the story</a> of how Yuly came to be one of the accused in this case, about pressure that was put on him in pre-trial detention, about a single cell with 150 people, and about the anarchist symbol drawn on the dusty glass of a cell window. If you want to share this story with your friends abroad, here is an <a href="https://therussianreader.com/2018/04/11/yuli-boyarshinov-network-case/">English translation</a>. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- “First of all they <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/09/figurant-penzenskogo-dela-o-terrorizme-ilya-shakurskiy-rasskazal-o-pytkah?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">tortured the son</a>, now they are dealing with the mother”: in Penza the investigator and journalists from NTV are <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/12/na-mat-figuranta-dela-seti-davyat-sledovatel-i-zhurnalisty-ntv?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">putting pressure</a> on Elena, the mother of Ilya Shakursky, a defendant in the “Network” case. This occurred after Elena got in touch with the parents of other defendants in the case and with human rights defenders. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- The FSB in St Petersburg has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/11/fsb-ne-nashla-podtverzhdeniy-pytok-zaderzhannyh-po-delu-seti-v-peterburge?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">found no confirmation</a> of the torture to which Viktor Filinkov and Igor Shishkin, detained in the “Network” case, have allegedly been subjected. Moreover, the fact of torture has not in itself been denied. It is merely said that everything was done “in accordance with departmental regulations.” </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- The wife of Viktor Filinkov, Aleksandra, has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/11/fsb-ne-nashla-podtverzhdeniy-pytok-zaderzhannyh-po-delu-seti-v-peterburge?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">requested political asylum</a> in Finland. Since her husband was detained, Aleksandra has been in Kiev. However, she has left Ukraine for fear of her safety. You can read what Aleksandra has to say about what happened in the first months after her husband’s arrest <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/02/22/vazhno-ne-poddavatsya-panike-zhena-figuranta-dela-seti-o-zhizni-posle-aresta?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>The poet and former high school teacher Aleksandr Byvshev has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/09/poeta-aleksandra-byvsheva-prigovorili-k-obyazatelnym-rabotam-za-stih-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> by a court to 330 hours of community work for a pro-Ukrainian poem</strong>. According to Byvshev, “On Ukrainian Independence” is a “polemical response” to a poem of the same name by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P80UGT0L2S8">Joseph Brodsky</a>. The judge also banned Byvshev from working as a teacher for three years.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Civil society activist Mikhail Savostin in Mineralnye Vody has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/07/grazhdanskiy-aktivist-iz-mineralnyh-vod-zayavil-o-tom-chto-emu-podbrosili?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">claimed</a> drugs were planted on him</strong>. A court remanded Savostin in custody for two months. He has been charged with possessing drugs in a very large quantity (Article 228, Section 3, of the Russian Criminal Code). This is not the <a href="https://meduza.io/feature/2018/04/11/aktivista-iz-mineralnyh-vod-arestovali-obnaruzhiv-u-nego-narkotiki-eto-stanovitsya-populyarnym-sposobom-raspravy-nad-oppozitsionerami-na-kavkaze">first case</a> in the North Caucasus when authorities have sought to use these methods against activists.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Civil society activist Mikhail Smyslov from Saratov has refused to testify against a defendant in a terrorism investigation</strong>. The FSB came to see him at his <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/09/saratovec-ne-dal-pokazaniya-protiv-figuranta-dela-o-terrorizme-k-nemu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">place of work</a>. According to Smyslov, a man came to his office and asked him about the prosecution of Sergei Ryzhov, coordinator of the Free People political party, who has been charged with preparing an act of terrorism. The FSB officer also had a conversation with Smyslov’s boss. Smyslov thinks it possible that the FSB are seeking to spoil his relations with his employer.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Ilya Romanov, an anarchist from Nizhny Novgorod serving a sentence for preparing an act of terrorism, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/10/anarhistu-ile-romanovu-predyavili-obvinenie-po-delu-o-terrorizme-iz-za-video">charged</a> with justification of terrorism</strong>. According to investigators, in May 2017 Romanov was in prison hospital No. 21 when he published on the Facebook page “Voldemar Putiniana” a video entitled “Invitation to Jihad.” Romanov himself asserts that he did not see this video, and the Facebook page had been created for him by another prisoner by the name of Zhuravlev, who is a witness in the case. Romanov believes that Zhuravlev is cooperating with the investigators and thinks that the video was published either by Zhuravlev himself or by one of the investigators. More information about the case can be read <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/07/28/novoe-delo-ili-romanova-vagina-kafiry-i-planshet?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As you probably know, we continue to have a great deal of work to do. You can<a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=7750048308&amp;e=35cf4472ba"> donate</a> to support our work. You can also join us as a<a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=145230c9b9&amp;e=35cf4472ba"> volunteer</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/viktor-filinkov/fsb-officers-always-get-their-way">“You should understand: FSB officers always get their way!”: Anti-fascist Viktor Filinkov reveals how he was tortured by Russian security services </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/alexandra-filinkova/its-important-not-to-give-into-panic">“It’s important not to give into panic”: how I found out my husband was being tortured by the Russian security services </a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-rykov/russias-security-services-against-anti-fascists">Russia’s security services have form in fabricating cases against anti-fascists </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/yegor-skovoroda/chelyabinsk-anarchists-tortured">“The main thing at that moment, in that situation, was to come out alive”</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:57:10 +0000 OVD-Info 117256 at https://www.opendemocracy.net In Moscow region, campaigners against a landfill site are being arrested https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/moscow-landfill-arrests <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week, while a Russian government media watchdog is bringing a lawsuit against the Telegram messaging app, campaigners against landfill sites outside Moscow are being arrested.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2018-04-06 at 13.00.02.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>21 March: scenes get heated in Volokolamsk, Moscow region. Source: RTVI / YouTube. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A version of this text originally appeared on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated detentions and freedom of assembly in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Russian government media watchdog Roskomnadzor has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/06/roskomnadzor-poprosil-sud-zablokirovat-telegram?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">brought a lawsuit</a> against the messaging service Telegram, where our <a href="https://t.me/ovdinfobot">useful OVD-Info bot</a> has its home. There will now follow a court case and an appeal, after which, if the court takes the side of the government agency, the Telegram messenger will be blocked. There is still time to <a href="https://meduza.io/feature/2017/06/26/telegram-mogut-zablokirovat-a-ya-nichego-ne-ponimayu-v-vpn-pomogite">hook up to a VPN</a>, but you had better not wait too long. And, by the way, people are also being prosecuted for <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/04/vo-vladivostoke-sud-ostavil-po-arestom-obvinyaemogo-v-ekstremizme-za-repost?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">reposts on Telegram</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Moscow region, campaigners against a landfill site are being arrested</strong>. Over the past week in Volokolamsk 16 people protesting against the Yadrovo waste dump were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/01/v-volokolamske-zaderzhali-10-uchastnikov-mitinga-protiv-poligona-yadrovo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>. One of those arrested and subsequently <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/02/uchastnika-dvizheniya-protiv-svalki-v-volokolamske-arestovali-na-15-sutok?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed for 15 days</a> has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/01/zaderzhannyy-uchastnik-dvizheniya-protiv-yadrovo-artem-lyubimov-obyavil?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">gone on hunger strike</a>. At a car rally protest against the Yadrovo landfill, between 12 and 18 people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/02/uchastnikov-avtoprobega-protiv-poligona-yadrovo-na-pyat-chasov-zaderzhivala?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> according to initial information. One of those arrested was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/02/zaderzhannogo-vo-vremya-avtoprobega-protiv-yadrovo-arestovali-na-14-sutok?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed for 14 days</a>. Later, the places of work of two of those arrested in Volokolamsk were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/04/v-ofise-eshche-odnogo-volokolamskogo-aktivista-proshel-obysk?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searched</a>. Two women protesting against a landfill in Volovichi were both <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/31/policiya-oshtrafovala-aktivistok-zaderzhannyh-pod-kolomnoy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">fined</a> 5,000 roubles each. An activist protesting against a landfill at Nepeino was also arrested.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Moscow city authorities have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/03/meriya-moskvy-v-chetvertyy-raz-otkazalas-soglasovat-akciyu-protiv?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">refused</a> for a fourth time to permit the holding of a picket against sexual harassment in the State Duma</strong>. Three women who took part in single-person pickets against State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/03/policiya-v-moskve-zaderzhala-uchastnikov-odinochnyh-piketov-protiv-deputata?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>, one of them <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/02/u-zdaniya-gosdumy-zaderzhali-aktivistku-za-odinochnyy-piket-protiv-deputata?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">twice</a> (together with a cardboard cut out of Slutsky). Earlier, three women journalists had publicly accused Slutsky of sexual harassment.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Judgment has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/05/sotrudniku-memoriala-i-istoriku-yuriyu-dmitrievu-obyavlen-prigovor?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">handed down</a> in the case of Memorial employee and historian Yury Dmitriev</strong>. Charges of depravity in relation to a minor and the making of child pornography were dismissed. He was sentenced to 30 months’ probation for illegal possession of a firearm.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A lawyer representing an activist from the “National Revolutionary Vanguard” has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/04/04/zashchitnica-aktivista-nra-zayavila-o-pytkah-svoego-podopechnogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">reported</a> her client was tortured</strong>. “They beat him on the back of the neck and on the head, pointed a pistol at him, tried to find out information from him about other participants in the National Revolutionary Vanguard. In addition, they took a statement from him that subsequently they did not even add to the materials of the case,” the lawyer said.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">This week four people have told us about their experience of dealings with public officials:</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- The journalist Sofiko Arifdzhanova told us about <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/03/30/molchanie-oborachivaetsya-protiv-nas-samih-zhurnalistka-o-neoficialnom-doprose?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">her questioning by the FSB</a> a year ago. She believes that this interrogation was one of the first investigative measures in the high profile investigation into the alleged terrorist group in Penza and St Petersburg.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Activist Svyatoslav Rechkalov told us <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/04/02/imena-prihodilos-vydumyvat-na-hodu-rasskaz-o-pytkah-po-delu-o-razbitom-okne-er?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">he was tortured by means of an electricshocker</a> in Moscow by officers from the anti-extremism police department. He was forced to confess that he was “the main anarchist”. They tortured him in connection with the investigation into the broken window in a district office of the United Russia party.&nbsp;</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Navalny supporter Sergey Lopatin told us about <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/04/03/borodatye-muzhiki-begayut-s-vozdushnymi-sharikami-rasskaz-nablyudatelya-na?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">his observation of elections in Grozny</a>. According to Lopatin, even when Magomed “Lord” Daudov personally threatens you, it does not yet mean that something will actually happen to you.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- A student, Aleksandr, talked to us about <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/04/04/licom-k-licu-s-zakonom-ugroza-otchisleniya-za-listovki-o-boykote-vyborov?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">threats of expulsion and psychological pressure</a> he experienced after distributing leaflets in support of a boycott of the elections. Police officers broke into his room in a student dormitory at 6:30am, seized his telephone and made copies of his contacts.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr">If you would like to share your own story with us, write to us at <a href="mailto:info@ovdinfo.org">info@ovdinfo.org</a>. You can also read more accounts <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories">here</a>.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As you probably know, we continue to have much work to do. You can <a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=7750048308&amp;e=35cf4472ba">donate</a> to support our work. You can also join us as a <a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=145230c9b9&amp;e=35cf4472ba">volunteer</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-six-more-years-of-repression">Russia: six more years of repression</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/young-people-gathered-to-voice-silent-reproach-dmitry-borisov-s-closing-statement">“Young people gathered to voice a silent reproach”: Dmitry Borisov’s closing statement in court</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-anarchist-case">&quot;At the first shock I couldn’t help but groan and shake&quot;</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:12:48 +0000 OVD-Info 117082 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Russia: six more years of repression https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-six-more-years-of-repression <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Vladimir Putin may have been elected, but threats to freedom of assembly and asssociation aren't going anywhere.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/PA-35567796.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>(c) Nicholas Muller/Zuma Press/PA Images. All rights reserved.</span></span></span></p><p><strong>A version of this text originally appeared on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated detentions and freedom of assembly in Russia.</strong></p><p>On 18 March, Russian citizens “elected” to have six more years of no freedom of assembly, impunity for torture, pressure on the internet and unfair trials. The list could go on <a href="https://vk.com/misha_marker?w=wall206715946_1146">fo ever</a>. And this means we have to do a great deal of work to make the situation better. You can help us in this by making a <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/#">monthly donation</a> to OVD-Info.</p><h2>Before the election</h2><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">From Monday until Saturday, police conducted <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/03/16/obyski-v-shtabah-zabastovki-alekseya-navalnogo-pered-prezidentskimi-vyborami?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searches</a> of Alexey Navalny’s campaign headquarters in 12 cities </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Two days before the election, 23 people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/03/17/zaderzhaniya-aktivistov-pered-vyborami-vsya-rossiya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in 15 cities</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">On 14 March, Moscow police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/14/k-aktivistu-levogo-bloka-i-v-shtab-obedineniya-prishli-s-obyskom?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> at least nine activists as part of an investigation into alleged vandalism. The investigation was related to a protest outside United Russia offices during which a window was broken and a smoke bomb thrown inside. Almost all those detained were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/14/chast-zaderzhannyh-utrom-aktivistov-otpustili?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a> the same day. The anarchist Svyatoslav Rechkalov, who later reported that he had been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/15/zaderzhannyy-v-moskve-anarhist-rasskazal-o-pytkah?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">tortured</a>, was held in custody. On 16 March, he was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/16/moskovskogo-anarhista-svyatoslava-rechkalova-otpustili-iz-ivs?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a>. This week we published an <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/03/17/ego-katali-po-moskve-s-chernym-meshkom-na-golove-rasskaz-podrugi-zaderzhannogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">article</a> by Rechkalov’s girlfriend about his detention and torture. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li></ul><h2>The election</h2><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">We reported on the election live <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/report/2018/03/18/vybory-prezidenta-onlayn-ovd-info?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">online</a>. We witnessed people being removed from polling stations, people being forced to vote, and arrests and assaults on activists and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/18/nablyudateli-v-dagestane-soobshchili-o-napadenii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">election observers</a>. At least 30 people were arrested.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Although some people apparently <a href="https://www.facebook.com/fatprol/posts/971501269666226">enjoyed themselves</a>.</p></li></ul><h2>After the election </h2><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">The FSB <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/21/fontanka-fsb-priznala-primenenie-elektroshokera-k-antifashistu-viktoru?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">admitted</a> that an electroshock device had been used against the anti-fascist activist Viktor Filinkov. However, the FSB said that this was not torture but a “requirement in the course of duty.” Allegedly, Filinkov resisted those detaining him and decided to escape. More than 30 marks caused by an electroshock device remained on Filinkov’s body even nine days after the event. Filinkov himself reported earlier that FSB officers had tortured him over the course of five hours with electric shocks as they sought to make him testify to alleged offences. A court has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/21/sud-prodlil-zaklyuchenie-antifashistu-viktoru-filinkovu-do-22-iyunya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">extended</a> Filinkov’s pre-trial detention until 22 June. </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Two correspondents from Mediazona, David Frenkel and Sasha Bogino, were forcibly <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/22/v-peterburge-s-zasedaniya-po-delu-antifashista-shishkina-vygnali?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">removed</a> from the court hearing in the case of anti-fascist activist Igor Shishkin, who is also under investigation as part of the “Network” case. Bogino has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/22/v-peterburge-na-korrespondenta-mediazony-sostavili-protokol-za-translyaciyu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">charged</a> with an administrative offence under Article 17.3 (Section 2) of the Administrative Law Code (failing to carry out the lawful instruction of a court bailiff). The court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/22/sud-prodlil-zaklyuchenie-antifashistu-igoryu-shishkinu-do-22-iyunya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded</a> Shishkin in custody until 22 June.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">The prosecutor in the city of Petrozavodsk has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/20/prokuratura-zaprosila-dlya-istorika-dmitrieva-9-let-kolonii-strogogo-rezhima?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">asked</a> for a sentence of nine years in a strict regime prison colony for Yury Dmitriyev, head of the Karelian branch of the Memorial Society. Dmitriev is on trial for allegedly making pornographic photographs involving his adoptive daughter. The results of a medical evaluation <a href="https://7x7-journal.ru/anewsitem/104141">confirmed</a> that Dmitriyev is healthy and is not a paedophile.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">An activist arrested during a protest, “Our Candidate is the Russian Revolt,” has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/19/zaderzhannyy-v-sankt-peterburge-aktivist-nra-arestovan-na-10-suok?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">reported</a> he was beaten by officers from the anti-extremism police department. He has been jailed for 10 days.</p></li></ul><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As you probably know, we continue to have more and more work to do. You can <a href="https://ovdinfo.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13ffa559a4173431c14248c93&amp;id=7750048308&amp;e=35cf4472ba">donate</a> to support our work. 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Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-protester-dmitry-borisov-26-march">Russian protester gets one-year prison sentence for waving his leg in the air (while he was carried off by police)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/harassment-detention-and-torture-russia-s-presidential-election-is-marred-by-repr">Harassment, detention and torture: Russia’s presidential election is marred by repression</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/florian-irminger/do-not-compromise-on-russian-human-rights">Council of Europe: don&#039;t compromise on human rights in Russia!</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/anna-yarovaya/there-may-be-no-one-to-vote-for-in-russia-s-elections-but-they-will-be-well-">There may be no one to vote for in Russia’s elections, but they will be well monitored!</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:45:22 +0000 OVD-Info 116845 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Harassment, detention and torture: Russia’s presidential election is marred by repression https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/harassment-detention-and-torture-russia-s-presidential-election-is-marred-by-repr <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Russian law enforcement and the security services have been given carte blanche to beat, intimidate, torture and fabricate cases before the elections.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/dyvvwpex4aagtul.jpg-large.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="345" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Nizhny Novgorod branch of the Alexey Navalny campaign. Source: Twitter. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A version of this text originally appeared on <a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated detentions and freedom of assembly in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">On 18 March, Russia will elect a new president. The campaign has not been particularly inspiring or interesting. On the other hand, politically-motivated harassment and persecution by law enforcement agencies — the arrests of activists, jailings, searches, and also torture by electric shock — have recently all become more common.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Law enforcement agencies searched the homes of members of Left Bloc and anarchists following a protest outside the United Russia offices</strong> on the night of 30-31 January, during which a window in the building was broken and a smoke-bomb was thrown in. The police have begun an investigation into alleged “vandalism” and at least nine people have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/14/chast-zaderzhannyh-utrom-aktivistov-otpustili?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>. One person, anarchist Svyatoslav Rechkalov, was held in a police cell. He managed to tell his girlfriend that he had been tortured (a plastic bag was put over his head and he was beaten on the legs). Later Rechkalov <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/15/zaderzhannyy-v-moskve-anarhist-rasskazal-o-pytkah?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">confirmed</a> this information to human rights defenders and a lawyer, who had been refused access to him for a long time. The human rights defenders recorded red marks on Rechkalov’s body and a paramedic confirmed physical injuries.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A witness in the investigation into an alleged terrorist group in St Petersburg, Ilya Kapustin, who reported that he had been tortured by FSB officers, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/14/svidetel-po-delu-o-terrorizme-v-peterburge-zayavivshiy-o-pytkah-pokinul?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">has left Russia</a></strong>. He has asked for political asylum in Finland. The defendants in this case, Viktor Filinkov and Igor Shishkin, have apparently also been tortured.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/iljasuomessa1_503_ul.jpg" alt="lead " title="" width="460" height="306" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Ilya Kapustin, who is being treated as a witness in the Petersburg "terrorism" case, is now seeking political asylum in Finland. </span></span></span>In February, Chelyabinsk young people were <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/yegor-skovoroda/chelyabinsk-anarchists-tortured">arrested</a> on suspicion of taking part in a protest in support of left-wing activists who are under investigation</strong>. On the night of 14-15 February, a smoke bomb was thrown onto the territory of the local FSB building. We publish the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/03/09/ponyal-za-chto-suka-anarhist-iz-chelyabinska-rasskazal-o-pytkah-v-zdanii-fsb?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">account</a> of the anarchist Dmitry Tsibukovsky about how he was tortured with a taser.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Moscow, police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/15/v-moskve-zaderzhany-uchastniki-oppozicionnogo-dvizheniya-novoe-velichie?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">have searched</a> the homes of members of the Novoe Velichie (New Greatness) movement</strong>. Few details are available. At present, neither the number of those detained nor the nature of the charges brought against them are known. A video has been published on a Telegram-channel posting police video footage in which a person who calls himself leader of the movement testifies they planned to “hold a tribunal to judge members of the ruling elite” and the “abolition of the current repressive laws and Constitution.”</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In St Petersburg, anti-extremism police have drawn up a list of 20 people</strong> who are supposed organisers of, and participants in, the “Voters’ Strike.” Many of them have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/12/v-peterburge-zaderzhivayut-aktivistov-shtaba-navalnogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> and some of them <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/13/sudy-nad-zaderzhannymi-storonnikami-navalnogo-v-peterburge-12-marta?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> for ten days.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Nizhny Novgorod, a number of people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/12/v-nizhnem-novgorode-zaderzhannogo-za-pohorony-vyborov-arestovali-na-20-sutok?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed for 20 days</a></strong> for taking part in a march in memory of Boris Nemtsov and the “Funeral for the Elections” protest. True, the judge dated the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/13/sudya-datiroval-postanovlenie-ob-areste-za-pohorony-vyborov-proshlym-godom?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">court ruling</a> sentencing one of them “2017.”</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Residents of the region outside Moscow are protesting against waste incinerators</strong>. People have been arrested for taking part in single-person pickets, attempts to enter the premises of the waste dump, and other forms of protest in the towns of <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/08/v-volokolamske-zaderzhali-mestnyh-zhiteley-kotorye-perekryli-vezd-na-poligon?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Volokolamsk (twice)</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/10/v-klinu-zaderzhany-uchastniki-protesta-protiv-poligona-tverdyh-othodov?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Klin</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/11/v-podmoskove-policiya-zaderzhala-pyateryh-uchastnikov-protestov-protiv?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Naro-Fominsk</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/belogorokhov-listovki-2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="258" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>A leaflet accusing Sergey Belogorokhov, a <a href=https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/editors-of-opendemocracy-russia-andrei-talevlin/stop-gok-how-residents-of-chelyabinsk-are->Stop GOK</a> activist, of paedophilia. Source: Our Chelyabinsk. </span></span></span><strong>In Chelyabinsk, leaflets calling for the murder of an environmental activist have been distributed</strong>. The anonymous leaflets accused the activist of being a pedophile. The target for the attack is Sergei Belorokhov, an activist of the Stop GOK movement who campaigns to stop the construction of a mining and processing plant [GOK]. We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/03/16/pri-obnaruzhenii-v-policiyu-ne-soobshchat-raspravitsya-na-meste-voyna-s?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">discovered</a> that this is only part of a <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/editors-of-opendemocracy-russia-andrei-talevlin/stop-gok-how-residents-of-chelyabinsk-are-">continuing war</a> against environmental activists in Chelyabinsk.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As the elections draw closer there is ever more work to do. You can help us continue our work now and in the difficult coming months before and after the 2018 elections<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate"> here</a>. You can volunteer to work with us <a href="https://medium.com/@ovdinfo/%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%B2%D1%8B-c5a6f2e585ed">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-activists-face-continued-pressure-in-run-up-to-presidential-elections">Russian activists face prosecution in the run up to the presidential elections</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-anarchist-case">&quot;At the first shock I couldn’t help but groan and shake&quot;</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/arson-attack-on-memorial-s-office-in-chechnya">Election season in Russia: violent acts and criminal cases against rights defenders, political activists </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/natalia-taubina-bobbie-jo-traut/a-decline-in-citizen-rights">Russia’s presidential election: a decline in citizen rights</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:18:50 +0000 OVD-Info 116698 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Russian activists face prosecution in the run up to the presidential elections https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-activists-face-continued-pressure-in-run-up-to-presidential-elections <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Law enforcement are prosecuting activists left, right and centre ahead of the elections, stigmatising public activity and protest.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/sdy_bxm7qd8.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Denis Mikhailov. Source: Navalny Team in St Petersburg. </span></span></span><span>A version of this text originally appeared on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a><span>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated detentions and freedom of assembly in Russia.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>The well-known Moscow activist Mark Galperin has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/07/sud-naznachil-aktivistu-galperinu-dva-goda-lisheniya-svobody-uslovno-za?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">given</a> a two-year suspended sentence for two videos</strong>. The videos, in which Galperin discusses the possibility of revolution, were considered to contain an incitement to extremism. According to the court ruling, for the next three months Galperin is banned from taking part in the activities of civil society groups.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Crimea, the home of left-wing activist Alexey Shestakovich was searched</strong>, after which he was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/02/arestovannyy-v-krymu-levyy-aktivist-rasskazal-chto-ego-perevozili-s-paketom?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">taken away</a> with a plastic bag on his head. During the search, Shestakovich was kept on the floor of the apartment in his underwear and in handcuffs. He was subsequently jailed for ten days. Along with him, trade union activist Ivan Markov was also arrested and then jailed for ten days. However, Markov was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/08/v-sevastopole-profsoyuznogo-aktivista-ivana-markova-otpustili-iz-ivs?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a> early when an appeal court quashed the ruling to jail him.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Two jail terms in a row for one and the same thing</strong>. The coordinator of the St Petersburg headquarters of Alexey Navalny’s campaign for an election boycott, Denis Mikhailov, had not been able to leave the detention centre where he had been serving a 30-day jail sentence for organising the “Voters’ Strike” of 28 January before he was again <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/02/koordinatora-shtaba-navalnogo-v-peterburge-zaderzhali-srazu-posle-vyhoda-iz?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>, taken to a court and once again <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/02/v-peterburge-koordinatora-shtaba-navalnogo-arestovali-na-25-sutok?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> — this time for 25 days. And again for the Voters’ Strike. Only this time for being a participant in the protest.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Ekaterinburg activist Sergey Tyunov has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/07/sud-na-15-sutok-arestoval-muzhchinu-zaderzhannogo-nakanune-s-kritikuyushchim?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> for 15 days</strong>. He was arrested carrying a placard critical of Putin. On the placard was written: “If you want six more years of lies and thieving, then vote for Putin.” Tyunov was charged with a repeat violation of the regulations governing public assemblies. He has declared a hunger strike.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Following the preliminary investigation, the case against court secretary Alexander Eivazov has now reached <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/06/delo-sudebnogo-sekretarya-aleksandra-eyvazova-peredano-v-prokuraturu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">the prosecutor’s office</a></strong>. Eivazov has been charged with hindering the course of justice and defaming a judge. The formal reason for the initiation of the case against him was that Eivazov had refused to sign an official record of a court hearing. Eivazov said that he did not sign the document because it had been drawn up by another officer of the court. The real reason for his criminal prosecution, human rights defenders believe, is the numerous complaints about violations in court proceedings that Eivazov had made to various authorities.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Twelve days in solitary confinement for bread found in a bedside table</strong>. Тhis is the punishment meted out to Alexey Mironov, a volunteer at Navalny’s Cheboksary campaign headquarters sentenced to two and a half years in prison for social media posts. Mironov asserts that he had not kept any bread in the bedside table. Meanwhile, the authorities are preparing to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/07/na-koordinatora-shtaba-navalnogo-v-kaliningrade-hotyat-zavesti-ugolovnoe?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">prosecute</a> Egor Chernyuk, coordinator of Navalny’s headquarters in Kaliningrad, on charges of avoiding military service..</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>The Commission for Children’s Affairs is <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/03/05/komissiya-po-delam-nesovershennoletnih-interesuetsya-synom-koordinatora?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">taking an interest</a> in the son of an Open Russia activist</strong>. Coordinator of the Krasnodar branch of Open Russia, Yana Antonova, has been fined in connection with the public event commemorating the death of Boris Nemtsov — an event with which, she has stated, she had no connection. After the event, she was told that staff of the Commission for Children’s Affairs were seeking to establish the actual address at which her ten-year-old son lives.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Politically-motivated prosecutions are nothing new.</strong> Recent convictions of participants in protests bring to mind a case of 50 years ago. We have published the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/documents/2018/03/02/zachem-bylo-tyanut-delo-sem-mesyacev-poslednee-slovo-vladimira-bukovskogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">final words</a> of Vladimir Bukovsky at his trial when he was sentenced to three years in a prison camp for taking part in a demonstration on Pushkin Square on 22 January 1967.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As the elections draw closer there is ever more work to do. You can help us continue our work now and in the difficult coming months before and after the 2018 elections <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate">here</a>. You can volunteer to work with us<a href="https://medium.com/@ovdinfo/%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%B2%D1%8B-c5a6f2e585ed"> here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/young-people-gathered-to-voice-silent-reproach-dmitry-borisov-s-closing-statement">“Young people gathered to voice a silent reproach”: Dmitry Borisov’s closing statement in court</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/violence-and-impunity">This week in Russia: violence and impunity</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Russia's 2018 election diary Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:56:58 +0000 OVD-Info 116578 at https://www.opendemocracy.net “Young people gathered to voice a silent reproach”: Dmitry Borisov’s closing statement in court https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/young-people-gathered-to-voice-silent-reproach-dmitry-borisov-s-closing-statement <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This Russian activist received a one-year prison sentence for allegedly kicking a police officer during an anti-corruption rally in March 2017.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/dborisov-3 (1).jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="258" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Dmitry Borisov at court. Source: Irina Yatsenko.</span></span></span><p><strong>A version of this text originally appeared on <a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated detentions and freedom of assembly in Russia. It was translated by the <a href="https://therussianreader.com">Russian Reader</a>.</strong></p>On 22 February, Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-protester-dmitry-borisov-26-march">sentenced</a><span> Dmitry Borisov to one year in prison. Borisov is a defendant in the so-called </span><a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">“26 March Case”</a><span>, involving various “forceful actions,” allegedly taken by protesters against policemen and Russian National Guardsmen on Pushkin Square during March 2017, rally inspired by </span><a href="https://therussianreader.com/2017/03/03/russia-basket-case-antihysterians-antirussophobians/">Don’t Call Him Dimon</a><span>, a video exposé by anti-corruption activist and would-be presidential candidate Alexey Navalny. The video accused Russian prime minister and former president Dmitry Medvedev of wide-ranging corruption. The prosecution asked the judge to sentence Borisov to three years in prison.</span><p dir="ltr">The court heard the defense’s and prosecution’s closing arguments, as well as Borisov’s closing statement on 20 February. According to our count, 46 people came to the hearing to support Borisov, many of them wearing t-shirts emblazoned with his picture. Prosecutor Larisa Sergunyayeva rattled off her closing argument, a printed text that she read out to the court. During Sergunyayeva’s speech, activist <a href="https://therussianreader.com/tag/ildar-dadin/">Ildar Dadin</a> called her a few rude names. Dadin was removed from the courtroom, but Sergunyayeva did not slow down her rapid-fire delivery.</p><p dir="ltr">According to Sergunyayeva, the testimony given by policemen was believable, while the testimony of protesters could not be trusted because they had a stake in the case’s outcome. Borisov’s malicious intent was allegedly proven by the discovery of a chat session on Telegram chat on his elephone in which he had written about planning to go to the rally with friends. Many positive character references were made on Borisov’s behalf, and he had no criminal record, but if the prosecutor has her way, he will spend three years behind bars for violating Article 318 Part 1 of the Russian Criminal Code, which stipulates a maximum punishment of five years in prison.*</p><p dir="ltr">Borisov’s attorneys, Ilya Novikov and Nikolay Fomin, spoke for about an hour and a half. They explained Borisov had been standing calmly at the rally when, for no apparent reason, police seized his friend and dragged him to the paddy wagon. Borisov grabbed his friend. The police knocked Borisov to the ground and beat him. Four of them dragged him to the paddy wagon. The lawyers explained the prosecution’s claim Borisov had wrested a leg free from one of the policemen carrying him and kicked him in the helmet was untenable, since the policeman who had testified he had seen this was located somewhere where he could not have seen the incident. They also argued the policemen who were witnesses in the case had perjured themselves when discussing the administrative charges also filed in connection with the events of 26 March 2017. They argued that if Borisov really had kicked the policeman’s helmet, he probably would have broken his visor, because Moscow police are currently outfitted with extremely poor-quality helmets. </p><p dir="ltr">Finally, the defense pointed out the alleged victim did not immediately file charges. He did so two months later, apparently under pressure from Investigative Committee detectives Alexander Uranov and Rustam Gabdulin, notorious for their involvement in the <a href="https://therussianreader.com/tag/bolotnaya-square-case/">Bolotnaya Square case</a>. They handled the investigation of the 26 March Case in exactly the same manner.</p><p dir="ltr">The defense attorneys predicted the court would hand down the worst sentence possible.</p><p dir="ltr">OVD Info has published Dmitry Borisov’s closing statement in court, below. The transcript may contain a few mistakes, because the accused spoke softly.</p><h2>Dmitry Borisov: Closing statement in court</h2><p dir="ltr">Your honour, the lawyers spoke very professionally, for which I am quite grateful. I did not use violence against police officers, nor did I intend to do so, because, at very least, it would have been senseless to do so. I had been captured by four policemen and was in a vertical position. All I could see was the sky.</p><p dir="ltr">I honestly do not understand why for nine months running I have been traveling to interrogations and court hearings not from home, but in trucks in which 15 people sit in a three meter square cage. After sitting in this cage for seven hours, they faint and have to urinate in bottles, because the truck is parked in the garage of the Moscow City Court.</p><p dir="ltr">I also do not understand why I have spent many hours in the so-called assembly cells at the remand prison, that is, halfway between my cell and the trip to court. These cells are 16 metres square, and 50 men, all of them smoking, are crammed into them. That is more than three persons per square meter. Try and imagine three men smoking in a one square meter space. Try and imagine how they feel. These cells are so filthy many people would not believe such a thing was possible in the capital of our mighty country. I do not want that to sound too sarcastic. I love my country, and that is a partial explanation of why I was on Pushkin Square on 26 March. There are people who say you can judge a city by the cleanliness of its toilets. If you saw the toilet in the assembly cell you would think you were in a village on the outskirts of a godforsaken banana republic.</p><p class="mag-quote-center" dir="ltr">We did not gather to engage in bloody revolution, but to remind the authorities it is worth giving things some thought</p><p dir="ltr">As for the cells in Butyrka Prison, they are scruffy, filthy dungeons with a view, for example, of an unimaginably dirty brick wall. That is the view in my cell. There is no heat. We have a single radiator in our cell, but it does not work. The ventilation consists of nine tiny holes, although the cell houses twenty-eight smokers.</p><p dir="ltr">My lawyers have spoken about how the case was politically motivated from the get-go. The actions of the investigators and their assistants were aimed from the very outset at proving my guilt. Although Ilya Novikov has spoken about it, I would like to mention the photograph of eight defendants in the Bolotnaya Square case that proudly hangs above Investigator Uranov’s desk, with the sentences they received written below each defendant in increasing order. If I am not mistaken, the longest sentence was four years. Apparently, Mr. Uranov is especially proud of this picture. I personally witnessed him getting on the internet and searching for news about how he had apprehended “enemies of the people.” He was upset when he discovered his name spelled incorrectly in one article. I cannot remember whether his first name is Alexey or Alexander, but it was written incorrectly in the internet. He was quite adamant on this point.</p><p dir="ltr">As for the case itself, my guilt consists only in the fact I tried to prevent my friend from being abducted. In the opinion of some people, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time on 26 March in Pushkin Square. I am convinced it is wrong to grab people in the center of our country’s capital as if they were animals and drag them to a paddy wagon without identifying yourself and explaining the charges, even if you are wearing a security services uniform.</p><p dir="ltr">And that day more than a thousand people were detained.</p><p dir="ltr">They were detained not for holding an unauthorised rally, but for making a silent reproach. It took me a long time to find the right word to express what happened there. Young people gathered there to voice a silent reproach, to force the authorities to think a little.</p><p dir="ltr">We did not gather to engage in bloody revolution, but to remind the authorities it is worth giving things some thought. Otherwise, their actions really will lead to hungry bloody riots. Therefore, I ask you to exonerate me. I am not guilty of anything. I have been in jail for nearly eight and a half months for no reason at all.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>* “Use of violence that does not endanger human life or health, or threats to use violence against a representative of the authorit[ies], or his relatives, in connection with the discharge [of] his official duties, shall be punishable by a fine in the amount of 200 to 500 minimum wages, or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of two to five months, or by arrest for a term of three to six months, or by deprivation of liberty for a term of up to five years.” Source: <a href="http://www.russian-criminal-code.com/PartII/SectionX/Chapter32.html">The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. </a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/bolotnaya-20">Bolotnaya 2.0?</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-protester-dmitry-borisov-26-march">Russian protester gets one-year prison sentence for waving his leg in the air (while he was carried off by police)</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Russia Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:54:30 +0000 OVD-Info 116304 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Russian protester gets one-year prison sentence for waving his leg in the air (while he was carried off by police) https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-protester-dmitry-borisov-26-march <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week, a Russian activist was prosecuted in a landmark trial that is being used to restrict freedom of assembly — and punish citizens who try to assert it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/dborisov-3.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="331" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Dmitry Borisov at court. Source: Irina Yatsenko.</span></span></span><p dir="ltr"><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p><strong>The latest person to prosecuted in connection with the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">26 March protest</a> has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/22/sud-otpravil-figuranta-dela-26-marta-dmitriya-borisova-na-god-v-koloniyu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> to one year in a prison colony. Prosecutors had asked for a three-year sentence.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Dmitry Borisov is a Muscovite and activist of the “14%” movement who works in a small hotelier business. He was arrested on 9 June. According to the investigators, when four police officers were carrying Borisov to a police van, he freed his left leg and twice kicked police officer Ilya Erokhin in the head. Erokhin suffered no physical harm and did not request medical care. The first time Erokhin remembered he had been hurt, according to the prosecution, was in mid-May, about two months after the events.</p><p dir="ltr">Watch the following video (in Russian) for the incident in question:</p><iframe width="460" height="259" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VZld20RCeKQ" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Dmitry Borisov’s <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/report/2018/02/21/molodye-lyudi-sobralis-chtoby-vyrazit-nemoy-ukor-poslednee-slovo-dmitriya-borisova?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">final speech in court</a> </p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Detailed information about <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">the “Case of 26 March”</a></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>The Investigative Committee has finally begun a <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/22/sk-nachal-proverku-po-zhalobe-o-pytkah-arestovannogo-antifashista-viktora?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">review</a> of complaints about torture by the anti-fascist activist Viktor Filinkov.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">The young man has been charged with taking part in the “Network” terrorist group. Filinkov has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/02/07/sledy-elektricheskih-provodov-zaklyuchenie-onk-o-pytkah-v-sankt-peterburge?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">reported</a> that he was tortured by FSB officers when they tried to obtain confessions from him. The officers forced him to learn answers to questions by heart. If he made a mistake, he was given an electric shock.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/photo_2018-01-24_22-04-13_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Viktor Filinkov. Source: Personal archive. </span></span></span>- “It’s important not to panic”: we have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/02/22/vazhno-ne-poddavatsya-panike-zhena-figuranta-dela-seti-o-zhizni-posle-aresta?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">spoken</a> with Aleksandra, Viktor’s wife, about life before and after her husband’s arrest, and also about how you can help someone close to you if you are in another country.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In Chelyabinsk one of three left-wing activists who were detained has reported they were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/21/v-chelyabinske-otpustili-zaderzhannyh-levyh-aktivistov-odin-iz-nih?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">tortured</a>.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">On the evening of 19 February, police officers arrested three left-wing activists at their homes. Subsequently, it was not possible to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/20/v-chelyabinske-propali-neskolko-levyh-aktivistov">get in touch with them</a>. Two other individuals also went missing at the time.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">On 21 February, the activists were located and one of them said they had been tortured after their arrest. “After the search, we spent that night and the next day at the FSB, and they used physical methods to put pressure on us [...] I stood in an uncomfortable pose for hours, they pinched my wrists with handcuffs, I have marks from the handcuffs on my wrists. My brother and a friend, who had been at my home, were subjected to electric shocks.”<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />According to the investigators working on the case, those arrested could be involved in acts of solidarity with activists who have reported being tortured. On 15 February, on the fence surrounding the regional FSB headquarters, unidentified persons <a href="https://vk.com/video-34380444_456239267?list=81520f820e0c61666a&amp;from=wall-34380444_159692">hung</a> a banner with the words: “FSB is the main terrorist!” and threw a smoke bomb over the fence. &nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Leader of the “Russians of Astrakhan” organisation, Igor Stenin, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/17/astrahanskiy-aktivist-igor-stenin-uehal-iz-rossii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">has left</a> Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">According to the latest court ruling in his case, Stenin should have been sent back to serve time in a prison colony. In 2016 a court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2016/05/16/nacionalista-na-2-goda-otpravili-v-koloniyu-poselenie-za-repost">sentenced</a> the activist to two years in an open prison colony for incitement to extremist activities. The evidence against him at his trial was a repost on the VKontakte social media website of an article about the war in Ukraine. According to Stenin’s defence, he was convicted for a repost and commentaries made by another person using his name. In 2017 Stenin’s sentence was quashed, but subsequently, on an appeal by the prosecutor’s office, the case was reviewed and the sentence reinstated.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A student from Krasnoyarsk has been added to the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/22/krasnoyarskogo-studenta-vnesli-v-spisok-terroristov-i-ekstremistov-za-memy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">register</a> of terrorists and extremists for a meme.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">The student has been charged with inciting hatred. The court ruling authorising an expert assessment in the case states that Alexey Sverdlov saved 61 pictures on VKontakte, which included “depictions of the Teletubbies characters with a Nazi swastika,” “a photograph of a fist with raised middle finger with two police officers in the background, standing with their backs turned,” and also a “photo-collage with people standing against a background of the Tower of Pisa with extended right arms, one of whom was depicted as Adolph Hitler.”</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Our correspondent Alexsander Litoi has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/02/19/gorstka-pikseley-prigovor-za-diplom-privlek-vnimanie-k-tyuremnym-srokam-za?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">looked into</a> the high profile “extremist” case against Alexander Kruze, a resident of Stary Oskol, sentenced to two-and-a-half years in an open prison colony for texts posted on VKontakte. Kruze asserts that he posted the texts “for research as part of his work on a diploma.” This may seem doubtful, but, even if it is not true, his actions hardly represent a serious danger to the public.</p></li></ul><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As the elections draw closer there is ever more work to do. You can help us continue our work now and in the difficult months ahead, before and after the 2018 election campaign, <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate">here</a>. 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Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-anarchist-case">&quot;At the first shock I couldn’t help but groan and shake&quot;</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-authorities-target-anti-fa">Russian authorities take aim at anti-fascists in St Petersburg</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:51:22 +0000 OVD-Info 116299 at https://www.opendemocracy.net "At the first shock I couldn’t help but groan and shake" https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-anarchist-case <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More details emerge around the Russian anarchist case, in which several people were tortured by the security services.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/ptichki13_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="284" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>In late January, Moscow birdwatcher and guide Anton Mironenko-Marenkov was investigated for holding an illegal mass demonstration. Illustration: <a href=https://www.behance.net/nnnccn>Anastasia Vilkul</a>.</span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">As Russia’s presidential election draws closer, our weekly bulletin becomes ever more depressing. But this week we conclude with two items of good news.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>The case concerning alleged torture of anti-fascist activists during an investigation into terrorism in Penza and St Petersburg continues:</strong></p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- A defendant in the case in Penza, Ilya Shakursky, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/09/figurant-penzenskogo-dela-o-terrorizme-ilya-shakurskiy-rasskazal-o-pytkah?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">has described the torture to which he was subjected</a> to his lawyer. He was <a href="https://zona.media/article/2018/02/16/shakursky">tortured</a> by electric shocks: </p></li></ul><p class="blockquote-new">“They told me to sit on the bench without raising my head. They blindfolded me, tied my hands and pushed a sock into my mouth. I thought they wanted to get my fingerprints on something or other. But they connected wires to my big toes. At the first shock I couldn’t help but groan and shake. They repeated the procedure until I promised to say whatever they told me to say. After that I forgot the word ‘no’ altogether and agreed to say whatever the officers told me to say.”</p><p dir="ltr">- Shakursky’s mother was fired from her job as soon as the first publications about the Penza case appeared in the media.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">- Military prosecutors in St Petersburg <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/10/voennaya-prokuratura-ne-stala-proveryat-soobshchenie-o-pytkah-antifashista?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">have not investigated</a> the allegation of torture made by computer programmer Viktor Filinkov. The young man told human rights defenders that he was tortured by FSB officers. Prosecutors forwarded the allegation to the FSB.&nbsp;</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Dmitry Pchelintsev, a survival instructor and defendant in the Penza terrorism case, has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/15/figurant-dela-o-terrorizme-v-penze-otkazalsya-ot-zayavleniya-o-pytkah?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">withdrawn</a> his allegations of torture. There is reason to believe he did this because he was tortured again.&nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Ilya Kapustin, a witness in the St. Petersburg case, has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/14/svidetel-po-delu-o-terrorizme-v-peterburge-pozhalovalsya-na-pytki-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">submitted a formal complaint</a> about torture to the Investigative Committee.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>New details about pressure on Memorial staff come to light:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>- 37 houses in the centre of the Chechen village of Kurchalou are to be <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/09/v-centre-kurchaloya-snesut-dom-glavy-chechenskogo-memoriala-vmeste-s-drugimi?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">demolished</a>. They include the house of the head of Memorial’s Grozny office, Oyub Titiev. Residents learned about the planned demolition on 5 February. They were given until 12 February to evacuate their homes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Oyub Titiev was arrested on the morning of 9 January. That evening, he was charged with possessing drugs - a packet with banned substances was allegedly found in his car. The next day the police forced Titiev’s relatives out of his home.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- On the road leading from the place where Titiev was arrested to the police station where he was taken are four closed-circuit cameras. Astonishingly, the very day the human rights defender was arrested, all four cameras were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/15/sledovatel-obyasnil-otsutstvie-zapisey-zaderzhaniya-oyuba-titieva?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">оut of order</a>.&nbsp;</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Bakhrom Khamroev, a member of Memorial and leader of the organisation Erdam (“Help”) has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/15/v-moskve-na-chlena-pc-memorial-zaveli-ugolovnoe-delo-iz-za-registracii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">charged</a> in Moscow with assisting in the fictitious residence registration of a foreign citizen.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />- According to Vitaly Ponomarev, a member of the board of Memorial Human Rights Centre, the charges against Khamroev are “merely a pretext for retribution against a human rights defender known for his work in defending refugees from Central Asia.”</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>The homes of a number of nationalists in Moscow have been searched:</strong></p><p dir="ltr">- Law enforcement officers <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/15/k-sopredsedatelyu-partii-nacionalistov-prishli-s-obyskom-v-ramkah-dela-ob?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">visited the home</a> of Ivan Beletsky, the co-chair of the Party of Nationalists, who at present is not in Russia. Searches were also <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/15/v-moskve-u-dvoih-nacionalistov-idut-obyski-samih-aktivistov-zaderzhali?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">conducted</a> at the homes of party members Dmitry Golikov and Konstantin Filippov. The two men, along with Golikov’s wife, were questioned by the FSB and released on condition of non-disclosure.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Two people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/15/figurantov-dela-o-vandalizme-u-ofisa-edinoy-rossii-otpustili-pod-podpisku-o">arrested</a> as a result of a protest at the offices of United Russia (during the protest, one of the office windows was broken and a smoke bomb thrown in).</strong></p><p dir="ltr">- In a first reaction by the authorities, the home of animal rights activist Elena Groban was searched. She was not allowed to see her lawyer for four hours. When her lawyer was allowed in to see her, Gorban had already decided to admit her guilt and testify. Subsequently, a young man, Alexey Kobaidze, was arrested. Both were sent to a detention centre, but were subsequently released under travel restrictions. A criminal investigation into alleged vandalism is underway. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />- During the questioning, police officers also asked about the march protesting against the torture of anarchists and anti-fascists in Penza and St Petersburg that had been organized by Moscow anarchists on the capital’s Myasnitskaya Street without official permission.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>And finally two items of good news:<br class="kix-line-break" /></strong><br class="kix-line-break" /><em>- Novaya gazeta</em> journalist Ali Feruz has been able to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/15/zhurnalist-novoy-gazety-ali-feruz-pokinul-rossiyu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">leave</a> Russia. Hooray! A court permitted the journalist to travel to a third country. The authorities had wanted to deport Feruz to Uzbekistan, where his life would have been in danger. Since August 2017 Feruz had been held in an immigration detention centre.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />- Marked money, undercover inspectors and the law on holding public events without official permission. No, this has nothing to do with rallies that don’t have official permission or criminals. In Moscow's Izmailovo park, a birdwatcher, an amateur ornithologist who has been telling people about the birds to be seen there, was arrested. You can read about it <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/02/15/pticeglyadstvo-kak-nablyudenie-za-pticami-stalo-nesoglasovannym-meropriyatiem?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As the elections draw closer there is ever more work to do. Help us continue our work now and in the difficult months ahead, before and after the 2018 election campaign,<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate"> here</a>. You can volunteer to work with us<a href="https://medium.com/@ovdinfo/%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%B2%D1%8B-c5a6f2e585ed"> here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/torture-penza-petersburg">Torture, Penza, Petersburg</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-authorities-target-anti-fa">Russian authorities take aim at anti-fascists in St Petersburg</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:12:34 +0000 OVD-Info 116184 at https://www.opendemocracy.net This week in Russia: violence and impunity https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/violence-and-impunity <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The echoes of a planned national revolution continue to resound in Russia, as more people are swept up by the security services.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/5a6f74553c36b.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Penza's investigation prison No.1. Source: OVD-Info. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">We’ve found more information about people prosecuted in connection with <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">Vyacheslav Maltsev’s planned revolution</a> for November 2017. Construction worker Vyacheslav Shatrovksy from Kostroma region has been charged with striking and choking a police officer, although in fact what happened was somewhat different. A police officer, using force, threw Shatrovsky over his shoulder, as a result of which Shatrovsky received an open head wound and numerous bruises to his head and face. The lawyer Konstantin Markin <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNKqTxzCek8">reports</a> what happened to Shatrovksy on 5 November. You can read it <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/02/03/advokat-vyacheslava-shatrovskogo-ponyal-chto-yavlyaetsya-politzaklyuchennym?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>. Meanwhile, Shatrovsky is being held in pre-trial detention centre in Moscow and his health is <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/06/zdorove-zaderzhannogo-vo-vremya-akcii-5-noyabrya-vyacheslava-shatrovskogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">deteriorating</a>.</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">In St Petersburg, human rights defenders have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/02/07/sledy-elektricheskih-provodov-zaklyuchenie-onk-o-pytkah-v-sankt-peterburge?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">published</a> a report about the torture of Viktor Filinkov and Igor Shishkin, prosecuted in a new terrorism case which is yet one more echo of the “Maltsev revolution.” Both men have been found to have numerous bruises and burn marks from electric shocks on their bodies.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Maltsev’s activities sometimes seem to surface in very unexpected ways. At the end of last year, police officers conducted a <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/02/06/obysk-v-kanun-novogo-goda-ili-nezhdannyy-podarok-ot-sledstvennogo-komiteta?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">search</a> of the home of a Kaluga resident and charged her with insulting and threatening the investigator who had conducted the search of Maltsev’s apartment in a post on the VKontakte social networking site. The woman herself asserts that until the charges were brought she had known neither the investigating officer nor Maltsev.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, the echoes of the Bolotnaya Square prosecutions are gradually fading. Last week, Maksim Panfilov was released; this week the requirement that Mikhail Kosenko must undergo compulsory psychiatric treatment as an outpatient was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/06/mihailu-kosenko-otmenili-prinuditelnoe-lechenie?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">cancelled</a>. Both individuals had been found unfit to stand trial following the events on Bolotnaya Square of 6 May 2012. This week, the European Court of Human Rights <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/06/evropeyskiy-sud-prisudil-10-000-evro-figurantu-bolotnogo-dela-vladimiru?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">awarded</a> one other defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case, Vladimir Akimenkov, €10,000 in compensation.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">The last person to be prosecuted in the Bolotnaya Square case to date, Dmitry Buchenkov, who did not wait for his trial to end but left the country, is writing a book in emigration about the Russian courts and investigative authorities. Here we <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/02/08/pokazuha-ravnodushie-i-formalizm-glava-iz-knigi-dmitriya-buchenkova-o-sudah-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">publish</a> two <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2018/02/02/ochnaya-stavka-glava-iz-knigi-dmitriya-buchenkova?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">chapters</a> from his book.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">The article of the Criminal Code concerning use of force against a representative of authority, familiar to those prosecuted in the Bolotnaya Square case and to Vyacheslav Shatrovsky, may now be used against Alexey Navalny. Navalny was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/06/policeyskiy-zayavil-chto-aleksey-navalnyy-udaril-ego-po-noge?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">summoned to the Investigative Committee</a> and shown the report of a police officer who asserts that Navalny struck him in the leg when he was detained on 28 January.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">However, there seems no rush to open criminal proceedings, or even to conduct a preliminary investigation, into an injury to the hand received by pensioner Turana Varzhabetyan at a protest that took place on 26 March. Meanwhile, the court has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/06/tverskoy-sud-oshtrafoval-pensionerku-kotoroy-na-akcii-26-marta-policeyskiy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">fined</a> her a second time (the first fine was quashed). Varzhabetyan was also a victim of violence on Bolotnaya Square in 2012 when she was struck on the head by a police baton. No one has been brought to justice for the incident.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">In Krasnodar region, pensioner Raisa Pogodaeva has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/05/pensionerku-iz-krasnodarskogo-kraya-dvazhdy-arestovali-za-rolik-vo-vkontakte?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested twice</a>: first for a video about the arrest of a supporter of Artpodgotovka, and then for publishing a post on her VKontakte page about her first arrest.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/2-z23-e6195cf2-d76b-47cc-b803-22d5ea96d5de.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>8 February: investigators search Gamil Asatullin's home. Source: Andrey Lepekhin. </span></span></span>An activist of the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/aaron-pelei/chelyabinsk-copper-plant-conflict">environmental movement STOP GOK</a>, which campaigns to halt the construction of a mining and processing plant in Chelyabinsk, who had been charged with attempted arson, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/06/aktivista-stop-gok-otpustili-pod-domashniy-arest?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a> from a pre-trial detention centre and placed under house arrest. The day after his release, his home was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/08/k-aktivistu-stop-gok-prishli-domoy-s-obyskom?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searched</a>.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">In Tuva police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/06/v-tyve-policiya-zaderzhala-sirot-dobivayushchihsya-vydachi-zhilya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> a number of orphans who have been seeking to obtain the housing to which they are entitled by law. Many of them were held in custody for almost 48 hours.</p></li></ul><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As the elections draw closer there is ever more work to do. Help us continue our work now and in the difficult months ahead, before and after the 2018 election campaign, <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate">here</a>. 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Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/tatyana-dvornikova/svetlana-sidorkina">Svetlana Sidorkina: “Defending the innocent is the most difficult thing of all”</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/tatyana-dvornikova/man-in-black-interview-with-russian-anarchist-dmitry-buchenkov">The man in black: interview with Russian anarchist Dmitry Buchenkov</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">The inside story of Russia’s failed social media revolution</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:27:56 +0000 OVD-Info 116038 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Torture, Penza, Petersburg https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/torture-penza-petersburg <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More information on the Russian security services' arrest and torture of anarchists and anti-fa in Petersburg and Penza emerges.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/DU4Sg9DWsAAUX2q_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>31 January: a picket at FSB headquarters in Moscow in support of Pavel Nikulin. Source: Journalist and Media Workers Union. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p>We would like to stress how important it is to sign an agreement on legal representation with a good lawyer, designate an authorized representative who in case of your arrest will know what to do, and also to strengthen the security of your electronic devices.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Last week, we reported that the computer programmer Viktor Filinkov <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/24/v-sankt-peterburge-po-puti-v-aeroport-propal-levyy-aktivist?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">went missing</a> on his way to Pulkovo airport and two days later a court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/25/antifashista-iz-peterburga-arestovali-na-dva-mesyaca-po-terroristicheskoy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded him in custody</a> on charges of terrorism. <br class="kix-line-break" /></strong><br class="kix-line-break" />- The day following Filinkov’s arrest he was visited in detention by members of the local Public Oversight Commission. The observers <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/26/antifashist-arestovannyy-po-delu-o-terrorizme-zayavil-o-pytkah?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">identified</a> numerous traces of burns from an electric shock device on his chest and on his right thigh, and also a bruise on his right ankle. Filinkov has said that people in masks took him to a forest, beat him for five hours, and demanded that he make a confession using specific words they insisted he should learn by heart. In other &nbsp;words, he was tortured.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />- Filinkov’s lawyer says that when he visited his client in a pre-trial detention centre, an attempt was made <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/02/02/advokat-zayavivshego-o-pytkah-programmista-rasskazal-chto-ego-sumku-pytalis?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">to open</a> his bag containing documents, a telephone and a laptop. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/photo_2018-01-24_22-04-13 (1).jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Viktor Filinkov. Source: Facebook. </span></span></span><br class="kix-line-break" />- Filinkov also said that he was visited in the remand centre by an <a href="https://zona.media/article/2018/02/01/kacheli">FSB officer</a> who had taken part in the torture. He told the computer programmer that the “games being played by the Public Oversight Commission” were not in his best interests and sought to persuade the young person to collaborate with him.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">- On 25 January, Igor Shishkin, a Petersburg resident, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/26/zhitel-peterburga-propal-vo-vremya-progulki-s-sobakoy-ego-zhenu-doprashivali?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">went missing</a> after he took his dog for a walk. Law enforcement officers subsequently turned up at his apartment with the dog and proceeded to conduct a search of the property. The Court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/27/peterburzhca-igorya-shishkina-arestovali-po-delu-o-terrorizme?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded Shishkin in custody</a> on the same charges as Filinkov. Journalists were not allowed into the court hearing and some <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/27/v-peterburge-zaderzhali-zhurnalistov-mediazony-oni-hoteli-popast-na-sudebnoe?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">were detained</a>. Those who saw Shishkin in court reported that he was covered in bruises..</p><p dir="ltr">- “Don’t write to me, don’t bring me anything, go away, the farther the better, and don’t ask about me, it’s all over with me”: we have published <a href="https://therussianreader.com/2018/01/30/penza-terrorism-case/">an article</a> about the terrorism investigation ongoing in Penza, out of which the prosecution and torture of St Petersburg left-wing activists has derived. The defendants in the case have alleged unlawful use of force, torture, psychological pressure and the planting of weapons by FSB officers. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">- MediaZona has <a href="https://zona.media/article/2018/01/27/kapustin">published</a> the story of one other Petersburg resident Igor Kapustin, who works as an industrial climber, who has been tortured by means of electric shocks and questioned about Penza.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>The home of journalist Pavel Nikulin was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/31/u-zhurnalista-pavla-nikulina-v-moskve-prohodit-obysk-po-delu-o-terrorizme?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searched</a>. He has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/31/zhurnalista-pavla-nikulina-otpustili-posle-doprosa-v-fsb?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">questioned</a> as a witness in a terrorism case.</strong> </p><p dir="ltr">- The law enforcement officials visited Nikulin on account of his article “From Kaluga on Jihad,” published in The New Times. The article contained an interview with a Kaluga resident &nbsp;who “became disappointed with Russia, anarchism and the workers’ struggle,” adopted Islam and left to fight in Syria.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 14.12.18.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="376" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Pavel Nikulin's apartment after it was searched by police on 31 January. Source: Telegram. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr">- The investigation, in which Nikulin figures as a witness, has been brought under Article 205.3 of the Criminal Code (undergoing training for the purposes of carrying out terrorist activities). The authorities seized electronic equipment, t-shirts and a copy of the unofficially published (“samizdat”) journal Moloko plus.<br class="kix-line-break" /> </p><p dir="ltr"><strong>In St Petersburg, human rights defender Dinar Idrisov was severely <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2018/01/29/metodichno-bili-po-golove-preimushchestvenno-nogami?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">beaten</a>.</strong> </p><p dir="ltr">- Idrisov's arm was broken and he requires a major operation. In addition, he also suffered a broken cheekbone, a head injury and concussion. Idrisov does not know the cause of the attack, but does not exclude that it could have been related to his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DinarSpbRu/posts/1010162452468300?pnref=story">Facebook post</a> about the arrests of Filinkov and Shishkin.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/27458998_1992984234322302_6099158286137543384_n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="345" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Dinar Idrisov after he was attacked on 28 January. Source: Facebook. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>On Sunday, people supporting <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/report/2018/01/28/zabastovka-izbirateley-onlayn-ovd-info?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Alexey Navalny’s call</a> for a “Voters’ Boycott” protested in Russian cities</strong></p><p dir="ltr">- In total, 371 people in various cities were arrested. Lists of those detained can be seen <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/01/28/28-yanvarya-spiski-zaderzhannyh?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>, and the outcomes of the court hearings <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2018/01/29/sudy-nad-zaderzhannymi-vo-vremya-zabastovki-izbirateley?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">The historian <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/27/istorik-yuriy-dmitriev-vyshel-iz-sizo-pod-podpisku-o-nevyezde?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Yury Dmitriev</a> and mathematician <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/31/matematik-dmitriy-bogatov-otpushchen-pod-podpisku-o-nevyezde?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Dmitry Bogatov</a> have been released under travel restrictions, the former from pre-trial detention and the latter from house arrest. Hooray!</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As the elections draw ever closer there is more and more work to do. Help us continue our work now and in the difficult months before and after the 2018 election campaign <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate">here</a>. You can volunteer to work with us<a href="https://medium.com/@ovdinfo/%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%B2%D1%8B-c5a6f2e585ed"> here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/26-march-russia-protest">The 26 March case: how Russia is cracking down on freedom of assembly</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-authorities-target-anti-fa">Russian authorities take aim at anti-fascists in St Petersburg</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/anna-yarovaya/yuri-dmitriev-gulag-historian-interview">“Anyone can find themselves in prison, it doesn’t take much courage”</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:11:26 +0000 OVD-Info 115938 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Russian authorities take aim at anti-fascists in St Petersburg https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russian-authorities-target-anti-fa <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Extra-judicial means are being used to pressure and detain anti-fascist activists in Russia.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/photo_2018-01-24_22-04-13.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Viktor Filinkov, who disappeared on 23 January, only to appear in a Petersburg court. Source: Personal archive. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Please remember that you can get advice about what to do if you are arrested via our telephone hotline 8-800-707-05-28, this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F3U3OpdRHw">cartoon</a>, and our detailed <a href="https://legal.ovdinfo.org/police/">instructions</a>. We also provide a <a href="https://t.me/OvdInfoBot">bot</a> in the Telegram service by means of which you can get in touch with us, and also receive advice on what to do if you have ended up in the back of a police van. Knowledge is power.</p><h2>The authorities are intimidating anti-fascist activists <br class="kix-line-break" /></h2><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Four people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/19/zaderzhannyh-na-antifashistskom-marshe-do-sih-por-derzhat-v-avtozake?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> for allegedly covering their faces with scarves during the anti-fascist march in Moscow in memory of the murdered lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasiya Baburova. All four were officially notified of infringements<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- After the antifascist march, Left Bloc activist Ilya C. was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/20/na-aktivista-levogo-bloka-posle-antifashistskogo-marsha-napali?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">assaulted</a> with the words, “So you’re from the Markelov rally?” He was beaten on the head and pushed to the ground<br class="kix-line-break" /></p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Anti-fascist Viktor Filinkov from St Petersburg <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/24/v-sankt-peterburge-po-puti-v-aeroport-propal-levyy-aktivist?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">went missing</a> en route to Pulkovo airport. Two days later a court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/25/antifashista-iz-peterburga-arestovali-na-dva-mesyaca-po-terroristicheskoy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded him in custody</a> on terrorism charges. According to the Investigative Committee: “Filinkov and other unidentified persons who share an anarchist ideology took part in a branch of a terrorist group for the purposes of carrying out acts of terrorism, propaganda and justification and support of terrorism.” The joint press service of St Petersburg courts stated that the activist has admitted the actions of which he is suspected.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- FSB officers <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/26/v-peterburge-sotrudniki-fsb-prishli-s-obyskom-k-antifashistam?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">conducted a search</a> at night of an anti-fascist’s apartment in St Petersburg. They seized equipment and detained one person. The activists are concerned that searches may be conducted at the homes of all those anti-fascists whose names are on the register of the police department for combating extremism</p></li></ul><h2><span>Pressure on Memorial in the North Caucasus continues</span></h2><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Unidentified persons <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/23/v-mahachkale-podozhli-avtomobil-advokata-pc-memorial-na-kotorom-ezdil-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">set fire</a> to a car belonging to the office of Memorial &nbsp;Human Rights Centre in Dagestan in which the lawyer of Oyub Titiev (head of the Grozny branch of the organization recently charged with possessing drugs), had travelled to Chechnya. Text messages containing threats have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/23/na-nomer-otdeleniya-memoriala-v-mahachkale-prishli-sms-s-ugrozami-o-podzhoge?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">received</a> by the mobile phone of Memorial’s office in Makhachkala: “You Are On The Edge Of The Abyss Shut Down! Next Time We’ll Set Fire To You As Well As The Office Your Car A Warning”.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/26232697_1329098163857449_1569245105616728240_o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="410" height="260" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Oyub Titiev. </span></span></span>Titiev himself has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/25/verhovnyy-sud-chechni-ostavil-pravozashchitnika-oyuba-titieva-pod-arestom?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded in custody</a>. The 60-year-old man is charged with possession of drugs.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr">Finally two pieces of good news:</p><ul><li>- The police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/24/mvd-ne-nashlo-dokazatelstv-viny-matematika-dmitriya-bogatova?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">have not found</a> any evidence of guilt of the mathematician Dmitry Bogatov. Assessment of the notebooks and memory sticks seized by the police lasted eight months. Bogatov’s lawyer believes that all the charges against his client may be dropped in the near future.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>- Bogatov has been charged with preparing to organize large scale riots and justifying terrorism. The charges were brought in connection with a proposal to demonstrate on Red Square on 2 April 2017 posted by someone using the pseudonym Airat Bashirov on the SysAdmins.ru forum. The calls were sent from the Bogatov’s IP address. However, Bogatov operates a Tor exit node, which means that any user can send a message from his IP address.&nbsp;</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">A court in Astrakhan has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/22/sud-postanovil-otpustit-figuranta-bolotnogo-dela-maksima-panfilova-na?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">ordered the release</a> of Bolotnaya Square defendant Maksim Panfilov from a psychiatric hospital. This means that on 2 February 2018 the last “Bolotnaya Square prisoner” will be released from detention. However, it is of course too early to say that the Bolotnaya Square case is closed because many people who have left Russia because of fear of prosecution or threats related to the 6 May 2012 demonstration still cannot return to Russia.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">The chief editor of Russiangate, Aleksandrina Elagina, has been&nbsp;<a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/24/glavnogo-redaktora-russiangate-uvolnyayut-samo-izdanie-zakryvaetsya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">dismissed</a>&nbsp;and the publication closed. This occurred after Russiangate published an investigation into the elite property belonging to persons with the identical full names of the head of the FSB Aleksandr Bortnikov and his deputy Sergei Smirnov, but which had not been declared by them. According to Elagina, the Investigative Committee is considering whether to prosecute under Article 282 of the Criminal Code (inciting hatred or hostility, or debasing human dignity). The journalist does not know whom the Investigative Committee plans to charge in this case.</p></li></ul><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">As the elections draw ever closer there is more and more work to do. Help us continue our work now and in the difficult months before and after the 2018 election campaign<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate"> here</a>. 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Source: Memorial. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p>Russia’s presidential elections are drawing close and the machinery of repression, which is working overtime, has apparently no intention to stop. We continue to cover these events.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The authorities continue to put pressure on Memorial’s branch office in the North Caucasus</strong></p><ul><li>- In Ingushetia, in the early hours of 17 January, unidentified people in masks <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/17/v-ingushetii-podozhgli-ofis-memoriala?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">set fire</a> to the office of the Memorial Human Rights Centre. Staff of the organisation consider this to be an act of terrorism:</li></ul><p class="blockquote-new" dir="ltr">“We consider this to be an act of terrorism. In accordance with Article 205 of the Russian Criminal Code, acts of terrorism include acts of arson, explosions or other actions intended to intimidate the public for the purposes of destabilizing the situation or to put pressure on international organizations. We believe that this attack is intended to influence the decisions we take. Behind this attack are the same forces that try to halt the activities of Memorial in Chechnya and to force human rights defenders to leave the North Caucasus altogether. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">- In Chechnya on the morning of 19 January police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/19/v-groznom-policiya-provela-obysk-v-ofise-memoriala?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searched</a> the offices of Memorial in connection with the case of <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/persons/oyub-titiev">Oyub Titiev</a>, head of the local branch of Memorial, arrested on the morning of 9 January and charged with possession of drugs. The Chechen police are <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/18/v-chechne-policiya-trebuet-otkryt-ofis-memoriala-dlya-provedeniya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">putting pressure</a> on the owner of the premises where the office is located.</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Bekkhan Titiev, Oyub Titiev’s son, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/14/synu-glavy-chechenskogo-memoriala-ugrozhali-ugolovnym-presledovaniem?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">has been threatened</a> with the same criminal charges as his father. The Titiev family has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/14/semya-glavy-chechenskogo-memoriala-oyuba-titieva-pokinula-respubliku?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">left</a> Chechnya. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />- A doctor has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/15/arestovannomu-v-chechne-pravozashchitniku-ne-okazyvayut-neobhodimuyu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">denied access</a> to Oyub Titiev in his cell. Titiev has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/16/glava-chechenskogo-memoriala-oyub-titiev-napisal-pismo-prezidentu-rossii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">written</a> a letter to President Putin, in which he says: “If in some way or other I admit my guilt regarding the charges brought against me, this will mean that I have been forced to do so...”</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><strong>On a single day, activists from the Open Russia movement were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/18/zaderzhannyh-vchera-aktivistov-otkrytoy-rossii-otpustili-iz-otdelov-policii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a> in eight cities</strong></p><p dir="ltr">The arrests took place in Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Tambov, Tver, Great Novgorod and Penza. The activists were charged with murder, robbery setting fire to cars, possession of extremist materials, organizing public events without official permission and damaging campaigning materials. In the upshot, all those detained were released from the police stations where they had been held. In Kazan, according to Open Russia, the activists had been under surveillance and “as a result police officers... .had been digging in a rubbish dump when one of the movement’s activists had thrown away a bag of rubbish.”</p><p><strong>Police have seized materials related to the Voters’ Boycott* protest campaign in ten cities</strong></p><p dir="ltr">In Pskov. the FSB <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/17/v-pskove-po-prikazu-fsb-u-mestnogo-shtaba-navalnogo-izyali-listovki">ordered</a> that leaflets be seized from the local campaign headquarters. In Murmansk, 10,000 leaflets were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/17/v-murmanske-izyali-listovki-mestnogo-shtaba-navalnogo-i-zaderzhali">seized</a> and the campaign coordinator arrested. In St Petersburg a volunteer was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/17/volontera-shtaba-navalnogo-vyzyvali-na-besedu-iz-za-otpravlennyh-v-murmansk">summoned</a> “for a chat" about leaflets that had been sent to Murmansk. Police visited the Navalny campaign headquarters in <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/17/v-penze-policiya-izymaet-listovki-iz-shtaba-storonnikov-alekseya-navalnogo">Penza</a> (where leaflets were also seized), <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/17/v-novgorodskiy-shtab-storonnikov-navalnogo-prishla-policiya">Novgorod</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/17/v-shtab-storonnikov-navalnogo-v-cheboksarah-prishla-policiya">Cheboksary</a>. During the seizure of leaflets in Penza, police <a href="http://www.kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5A6055002BD6C">taped over</a> two closed-circuit video cameras on the premises. Police also seized Voters’ Boycott <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/18/iz-shtabov-alekseya-navalnogo-v-raznyh-gorodah-izymayut-listovki-o?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">leaflets</a> in Kaluga, Smolensk, St Petersburg and Izhevsk. The Navalny campaign’s Samara headquarters was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/19/lyudi-v-policeyskoy-forme-razgromili-shtab-navalnogo-v-samare?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">trashed</a> by police, who of course also seized leaflets there. &nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /><em>*On 25 December, the Central Electoral Commission <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/12/25/cik-otkazal-navalnomu-v-registracii-na-vyborah-yakoby-iz-za-nepogashennoy">refused</a> to register the politician Aleksei Navalny as a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections because of an unspent conviction. In response, Navalny has urged a boycott of the 2018 presidential elections and announced that on 28 January 2018 there would be nationwide protest in support of &nbsp;a “Voters’ Boycott.”</em></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Doctors at the Astrakhan Regional Psychiatric Hospital have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/15/vrachi-posovetovali-otpustit-figuranta-bolotnogo-dela-domoy-iz?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">recommended</a> the release of Bolotnaya case defendant Maxim Panfilov</strong></p><p dir="ltr">The doctors’ recommendation will be submitted to the court which is to decide whether Panfilov, who has Tourette’s syndrome, should be released to continue his treatment as an outpatient. Panfilov has been charged with using force against a police officer and with taking part in riots that allegedly took place on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on 6 May 2012. If the court decides on the doctors’ recommendation to release Panfilov, then no one prosecuted in the Bolotnaya Square case will remain in detention.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We have analysed politically-motivated prosecutions of 2015 and 2016</strong></p><p dir="ltr">We recommend <a href="http://reports.ovdinfo.org/2017/pp15-16/">reading</a> this report in order to understand what is happening in Russia nowadays. The report includes the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the prosecutions of Dmitry Buchenkov, Ildar Dadin, Svetlana Davydov, Oleg Sentsova and Aleksandr Kolchenko, and the stories of many other people prosecuted over the course of these two years.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">You can help us continue our work now and in the difficult months of the coming 2018 election campaign<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate"> here</a>. 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Source: Memorial Human Rights Center. </span></span></span></p><p><strong>This article is part of our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">In Chechnya, Oyub Titiev, 60, who heads the regional office of the Memorial Human Rights Centre, is being prosecuted. On the morning of 9 January, Titiev was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/09/v-chechne-zaderzhali-rukovoditelya-mestnogo-predstavitelstva-pc-memorial?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> by people wearing the uniform of traffic police officers. A friend of the human rights defender who witnessed the arrest from his car, said he had wanted to stop to speak with Titiev, but Titiev indicated he should drive past. Titiev’s lawyers were not allowed to see him for several hours. That evening Titiev <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/09/zaderzhannogo-v-chechne-rukovoditelya-mestnogo-pc-memorial-obvinyayut-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">was charged</a> with possessing drugs (Article 228). He categorically denies the accusation.</p><p dir="ltr">On 10 January police arrived at Titiev’s home looking for his son and brother, and when they did not find them they forced all the other family members <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/11/siloviki-vygnali-iz-doma-rodstvennikov-glavy-chechenskogo-memoriala?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">out of the house</a>, locked the doors and took the keys. The law enforcement officers wanted to use the fact they had the keys to influence Titiev’s relatives, since to gain entrance to the property the family members would need to go to the police station. On 11 January a court in closed session <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/11/glavu-groznenskogo-memoriala-oyuba-titieva-arestovali-na-dva-mesyaca?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded</a> Titiev in custody for two months. </p><p class="blockquote-new">Titiev took up the post of head of the Chechnya office of Memorial after the kidnapping in Grozny and subsequent murder of his predecessor Natalia Estemirova in July 2009. The Chechen public figure Ruslan Kutaev, who heads &nbsp;the Assembly of Peoples of the Caucasus, was also charged with illegal acquisition and possession of drugs. On 20 December 2017 he was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/12/20/chechenskiy-pravozashchitnik-osvobodilsya-iz-kolonii">released</a> having served over three years in prison. There is evidence that Kutaev was tortured following his arrest. According to human rights defenders, the charges were trumped up.</p><p dir="ltr">The European Court of Human Rights is <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/09/espch-priznal-narushenie-prava-na-zapret-pytok-po-zhalobe-ildara-dadina?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">tired</a> of hearing identical cases concerning torture in Russia, and has therefore asked Russia to pay compensation to Ildar Dadin on the basis of a simplified procedure. The European Court has proposed that Russia admit to violations of the prohibition on torture and inhuman treatment with regard to Ildar Dadin during the latter’s transfer to a prison colony and in the prison colony itself. The Court decided not to ask the Russian government for commentary.</p><p class="blockquote-new" dir="ltr">In December 2015 activist Ildar Dadin was sentenced to three years in a general-regime prison colony for “repeated violation of the rules for holding public events” (Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code). In 2014 Dadin had been arrested four times and fined for taking part in public protests. Later, his prison term was reduced to two-and-a-half years. On 22 February 2017 the Presidium of the Supreme Court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/02/22/verhovnyy-sud-prinyal-reshenie-ob-osvobozhdenii-ildara-dadina?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">quashed</a> Dadin’s conviction.</p><p dir="ltr">Five members of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2018/01/11/pyaterym-chlenam-onk-zapretili-poseshchat-sizo-matrosskaya-tishina-i?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">banned from visiting</a> Pre-Trial Detention Centre No. 1 (Matrosskaya Tishina) and the so-called Kremlin Central, which is on the territory of Matrosskaya Tishina. According to the authorities, this is because the five members of the PMC are witnesses in the criminal prosecution of another member of the PMC, Denis Nabiullin. </p><p dir="ltr">In Moscow, police officer Dmitry Morozov from the criminal investigation department visited the home of Nikolai Kavkazsky, prosecuted in the Bolotnaya Square case and a human rights defender. The officer asked Kavkazsky about his political activities. When asked by Kavkazsky for the reason of his visit, officer Morozov replied: “I’m sure you know…” The police officer added that he would be coming to visit Kavkazsky regularly in the future.</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p dir="ltr">You can help us continue our work now, and in the difficult months of the coming 2018 election campaign, <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/?utm_source=tg&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=donate#donate">here</a>. 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But investigations into the events of that day are being used to punish participants.&nbsp;<a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/12/07/delo-26-marta-kto-eti-lyudi-i-za-chto-ih-sudyat-gid-ovd-info"><strong><em>RU</em></strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/PA-30706731.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>1,043 people were detained at the 26 March anti-corruption rally in Moscow. (c) Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images. All rights reserved.</span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>This article is part of our partnership with <a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">On 26 March 2017, Russia witnessed the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/don-t-call-him-dima-russia-s-anti-corruption-protesters-face-repression">largest public protests</a> for the last few years. According to different reports, between 36,000 and 88,000 people in 97 cities took part in the country-wide anti-corruption protest.</p><p dir="ltr">In Moscow, 1,043 people were detained on 26 March — more than the Bolotnaya Square protest in May 2012. But since the crowd was dispersed this spring, nine people have faced criminal prosecution. All of them have been charged under Article 318 of Russia’s Criminal Code for using force against police officers. Seven people have already been sentenced to prison terms of between 18 months (suspended sentence) to three years, eight months. The investigation into the events of 26 March has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/20/sledstvie-po-delu-26-marta-prodlili-do-vesny-2018-goda">extended</a> to spring 2018.</p><p dir="ltr">Opening a case under Article 318 (or threatening to) in order to frighten or punish people who complain of police brutality is a common practice in Russia. In most cases where people are beaten during arrest or at a police station, police officers face few consequences.</p><h2>Moscow</h2><p dir="ltr">During the dispersal of the crowd in central Moscow on 26 March, police and National Guard officers used excessive force against protest participants. We received reports of beatings during detentions, in riot vans and at police stations. The police beat protesters with batons in the process of detaining them (sometimes several police officers beat a single person at once, sometimes beating them in the head), twisted people’s arms behind their backs, pressed them to the ground, used painful methods of restraint, even walking on people’s backs. The police was particularly aggressive on Pushkin Square.</p><p dir="ltr">After these events in Moscow, seven people have been subject to criminal prosecution.</p><h2>Yuri Kuliy</h2><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/kuliy.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Yuri Kuliy, an actor originally from Volgograd, works as a film production manager in Moscow. He studied at the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art and, at the moment of arrest, was a graduate student in the sociology faculty. He applied five times for the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS). He appeared in the theatre comedy <i>Potapov, to the blackboard</i> (2007) and TV serial <i>Teachers</i> (2014).</p><p dir="ltr">Kuliy was arrested on 4 April. According to the investigation, Kuliy grabbed National Guard officer Dmitry Gavryutin “by the arm, near the shoulder”, causing him pain. There was no material evidence of bruising or trauma to Gavryutin taken. Kuliy himself said that he “rushed to save an old man”, on whom a police officer had fallen. One of the people who provided testimony against Kuliy was Alexander Petrunko, an activist of the SERB pro-Kremlin organisation.</p><p dir="ltr">Lawyer Alexey Liptser only managed to become involved in the case on 12 April. By that time, Kuliy had already confessed to the crime he was charged with. In exchange for the confession, police investigators promised to release Kuliy under travel restrictions. However, on 6 April he was arrested and kept in pre-trial detention until sentencing.</p><p><iframe class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="250" width="460" src="https://giphy.com/embed/3ov9jE826DCf0PgXM4"></iframe><span style="font-style: italic;">The events of 26 March where Yuri Kuliy allegedly hit a National Guard officer.</span></p><p dir="ltr">In May 2017, Kuliy was sentenced to eight months in prison colony, where he worked in a silica factory. He was released on 1 December.</p><h2>Alexander Shpakov</h2><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/shpakov.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Alexander Shpakov, a joiner from the Moscow satellite town of Lyubertsy, is a sole parent. The 26 March protest was the first time he went to a public meeting with his daughter Alisa, a journalism student.</p><p dir="ltr">Shpakov was arrested on 28 March. The investigation believes that he tried to free other people detained on Tverskaya Street and hit police lieutenant Valery Gonikov “no less than twice” in the process. Shpakov stated that he was beaten by police officers in the riot van, which was confirmed by Alexey Navalny, who was in the same van at the time. Shpakov was taken from the police station to hospital, where doctors found signs of swelling and damage to his ribs.</p><p dir="ltr">Shpakov admitted to the charges presented, but said that he had no intention of committing a crime, and apologised to Gonikov, who asked the judge not to send Shpakov to prison. “I think he’s been inside enough, he’s got a mother who needs care, a daughter, he’d probably just had a drink.”</p><p dir="ltr">Back in 2014, Gonikov gave evidence as part of the Bolotnaya case, and figured in the trials of Alexey Gaskarov, Alexander Margolin, Ilya Gushchin and Elena Kokhtareva. During the events of 6 May 2012, Gonikov’s radio was broken, though he himself was unharmed. He requested that his name be taken off the list of people harmed at the protest, but the court refused.</p><p><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/3o7aD2PkMD2DsUfmCI" width="460" height="340" frameborder="0" class="giphy-embed"></iframe><em>Alexander Shpakov, draped in a Russian flag, before the incident which he has been prosecuted for.</em></p><p dir="ltr">Yuri Kuliy described how he met Shpakov in an <a href="https://openrussia.org/notes/714751/">interview</a>:</p><p dir="ltr" class="blockquote-new">“We were in the same holding prison in the Moscow City Court for two hours, we chatted. He told me what had happened to him and how. He was chucked in the same police van as Navalny, beaten up there. Then the people outside tried to prevent the van from moving away. The driver was trying to be careful, but then lieutenant Gonikov, who Shpakov injured, shouted to him: ‘Squash them, squash them!’ Then the bus braked sharply, and Gonikov hit his head. That’s where he got the bruising from, the next day it had already faded.”</p><p dir="ltr">In May, Shpakov was <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/second-prison-sentence-for-anti-corruption-protester-in-russia">sentenced</a> to 18 months in prison.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>You can write a letter to: 215500, Russia, Smolensk oblast, g. Safonovo, pos. Shakhty-3, Colony No.3, Shpakov Aleksandr Yurevich (1977 g.r.)</em></p><h2>Stanislav Zimovets </h2><p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/zimovets.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Stanislav Zimovets is an activist from the nationalist Resistance movement, and is a veteran of the Chechen war. He has worked as a builder, and is originally from Volgograd.</p><p dir="ltr">Prior to arrest, Zimovets was fined 2,000 roubles (£25) for not following lawful request of a police officer during the protest on 26 March. </p><p dir="ltr">Zimovets was arrested on 1 April. According to police investigators, Zimovets threw a brick at Vladimir Kotenev, a National Guard officer, before hiding in the crowd. Here, he apparently changed his clothes to disguise himself, took a non-lethal (traumatic) pistol and returned to the location where he “continued to provoke people into unlawful actions”. Kotenev <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/05/29/poterpevshiy-po-delu-26-marta-policeyskiy-poluchil-travmu-na-trenirovke-do">received</a> the injury in question, which was forensically diagnosed, before the protest, at the gym.</p><p dir="ltr">“It all happened by accident. The police were committing crimes: grabbing people, beating them, and people were just walking around. But even if it was a protest, they didn’t have the right to behave like that. I couldn’t resist and chucked a brick, but I wasn’t aiming for a person, just an empty spot [in the crowd].”</p><p dir="ltr">During the investigation, Zimovets was held in a cell block for people accused of crimes associated with life imprisonment. Under <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/04/27/advokat-smogla-pobesedovat-s-figurantom-dela-26-marta-stanislavom-zimovcom">pressure</a>, Zimovets admitted his guilt, though he later revoked that testimony.</p><p dir="ltr"><iframe class="giphy-embed" frameborder="0" height="250" width="460" src="https://giphy.com/embed/3ov9k5b0LXbgK0SISI"></iframe><em>The detention of Stanislav Zimovets on 26 March.</em></p><p dir="ltr">In July, Zimovets was sentenced to two years, six months of general regime prison colony.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>You can write a letter to: 404103, Russia, Volgograd oblast, g. Volzhskiy, ul. Aleksandrova, 86, IK-12, Zimovets Stanislav Sergeevich (1985 g.r.)</em></p><h2>Andrey Kosykh</h2><p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/kosykh.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Andrey Kosykh is originally from Tambov region, and has worked as a loader. He wrote music, and moved to Moscow to teach it.</p><p dir="ltr">Kosykh’s legal counsel Evgeny Velizhanin apparently recommended the family not to talk to journalists, which is why there was practically nothing know about Kosykh’s case before the trial. Kosykh’s mother is a United Russia local council deputy.</p><p dir="ltr">Kosykh was arrested on 13 April, and is the only person in the 26 March case who was charged with two articles of the Criminal Code simultaneously: for dangerous and “not dangerous” violence for the life and health of a police officer. According to the investigation, Kosykh hit police officer Sinegubova on the helmet, and warrant officer Gavrilov in the neck and lower jaw. Gavrilov was also declared a victim in the Bolotnaya Square case, where he “suffered” from the actions of Ivan Nepomnyashchikh.</p><p dir="ltr">Kosykh admitted his guilt and agreed to have his case examined under special procedures. During trial, Kosykh apologised to the “victims”: “I wasn’t in my right mind, I was shocked by the brutal detentions.”</p><p dir="ltr">In his final word before the court, Kosykh said that “it was hard to imagine that you could harm the health of a riot police officer with his full equipment on.”</p><p dir="ltr">In August, Kosykh was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/08/09/figuranta-dela-26-marta-andreya-kosyh-prigovorili-k-chetyrem-godam-kolonii">sentenced</a> to four years of general regime prison colony, but then Moscow City Court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/04/figurantu-dela-26-marta-sokratili-srok-na-chetyre-mesyaca">reduced</a> the sentence by four months — to three years, eight months.</p><p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, we have not yet found out where Kosykh is serving his sentence.</p><h2>Alexey Politikov</h2><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/politikov.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Alexey Politikov, an activist from the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">Artpodgotovka movement</a>, is originally from Ussuriysk, where he worked as a dispatcher. He is married, has three young children, the youngest of which was born in 2016.</p><p dir="ltr">Politikov was arrested on 11 June. According to the investigation, Politikov tried to knock police captain Alexander Shvetsov to the ground, and hit him in the stomach. He admitted to the crime, and agreed to have his case examined under special procedures. During the trial, Politikov said that he was sorry for what he’d done, and apologised to Shvetsov.</p><p dir="ltr">In his final word, Politikov said:</p><p dir="ltr" class="blockquote-new">“I want to go back to my wife and children most of all. What I did was accidental, and I really regret it — it was an impulsive action.”</p><p dir="ltr">In October, Politikov was sentenced to two years of general regime prison colony. In November, an appeal court reduced the sentence to 18 months.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>You can write to him via the address: 127055, Russia, Moscow, ul. Novoslobodskaya, d.45, SIZO No.2, Politikov Alexey Vladimirovich (1972 g.r.)</em></p><h2>Dmitry Krepkin</h2><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/krepkin.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Dmitry Krepkin is an electronics repairman, is into tuning cars and snowboarding. He is originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine. He cares for his mother, who has a nervous condition.</p><p dir="ltr">Krepkin was arrested on 17 May. According to the investigation, he hit National Guard officer Zvonarev in the right thigh, causing Zvonarev pain. Krepkin himself claims that he didn’t hit Zvonarev, but hit his riot baton instead. The charges are based on a video clip, but the video is taken from behind — from the video, it’s hard to say what actually happened. It’s clear that Krepkin does make some kind of movement, but we don’t see the kick itself.</p><p dir="ltr">Krepkin did not admit to the crime. During the trial, his lawyer Ilnur Sharapov said that the video evidence does not show Zvonarev, but some other National Guard officer. The face of the victim is not clearly shown, but a radio is — and radios are only issued to unit leaders. Zvonarev is a senior sergeant, and isn’t issued a radio. The video does not show a victim with any sergeant’s insignia. </p><p>According to Sharapov, the colour of safety cord on the victim’s pistol also indicates that the victim was not Zvonarev. On the video the cord is light-coloured, whereas Zvonarev stated that his was black. When this was pointed out to him, Zvonarev stated that he had two pistols. However, the case files do not state that Zvonarev was in fact issued with a pistol during the protest.</p><p><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/l1J9ASnMeTZPslfu8" width="460" height="250" frameborder="0" class="giphy-embed"></iframe><em>Dmitry Krepkin (in orange coat) on 26 March.</em></p><p dir="ltr">In his final word, Krepkin thanked everyone who supported him during the court and investigation: “I admit that I acted up a bit, but no one suffered from this. I did not hit the man who is the ‘victim’ here. Thank you to all who spared the time to come and support me.”</p><p dir="ltr">In December, Krepkin was sentenced to 18 months of general regime prison colony.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>You can write a letter to: 127055, Russia, Moscow, ul. Novoslobodskaya, d.45, SIZO No.2, Krepkin Dmitry Mikhailovich (1984 g.r.)</em></p><h2>Dmitry Borisov</h2><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/borisov.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Dmitry Borisov is an activist with the Moscow-based&nbsp;<a href="http://dvizhenie14.simplesite.com/">14% social movement</a>. He is originally from Moscow, and worked in a small hotel business.</p><p dir="ltr">Borisov was arrested on 9 June. According to the investigation, when Borisov was carried to the police van by five police officers, he kicked officer Ilya Yerokhin in the head twice. There was no physical injuries to Yerokhin, who did not seek medical help. He first made a statement about his injuries, according to the case files, in the middle of May, roughly two months after the events in question.</p><p dir="ltr">Borisov did not admit to the crime he was charged with. Three police officers who carried Borisov said in court that they’d seen him wave his leg, but didn’t see him hit anyone. Yerokhin, the victim, described the kick in court. The trial continues.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>You can write a letter to: 127055, Russia, Moscow, ul. Novoslobodskaya, d.45, SIZO No.2, Borisov Dmitry Valerevich (1985 g.r.)</em></p><h2>Volgograd</h2><p dir="ltr">The public action initially started as a public meeting, then - a march. Thirty one people were detained during the protest, and at least four of them were under 16. After the protest, police officers visited Volgograd universities to search for participants.</p><h2>Maxim Beldinov</h2><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/beldinov.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Maxim Beldinov is a history student at the Volgograd state Social-Pedagogical University. He is an anarchist, and says that he supports opposition politician Alexey Navalny, although he isn’t a <a href="https://openrussia.org/notes/708837/">“fierce supporter”</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">According to the investigation, Beldinov kicked police officer Bareishy in the crotch as the latter was trying to detain an underage protester. Bareishy was pushing the young man, grabbing his hair.</p><p dir="ltr">Forensic examination revealed a injury in Bareishy’s right groin area. Bareishy experienced “physical pain and moral suffering”.</p><p dir="ltr">After the conflict, Beldinov was detained and taken to a police station. He soon made a written statement admitting to the crime, and explained that he was angered by the violence towards underage children during the peaceful action. He admitted his guilt, and agreed to have his case examined under special procedures.</p><p><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/3o7aD5PEYjzym2Wm8E" width="460" height="250" frameborder="0" class="giphy-embed"></iframe><em>Maxim Beldinov on 26 March, Volgograd.</em></p><p dir="ltr">In May, Beldinov was given an 18 months suspended sentence.</p><h2>Petrozavodsk</h2><p dir="ltr">The organisers of the 26 March event in Karelia did not manage to receive permission from the city administration to hold it. At least six people were detained during the protest.</p><p dir="ltr">On the evening of 26 March, three unknown persons tried to put the organiser Vitaly Fleganov in a car and take him away. Fleganov’s neighbours didn’t allow it to happen — they called the police and a lawyer. The police refused to take a statement on the attempted kidnapping and detained Fleganov.</p><h2>Evgeny Vladenkov</h2><p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/vladenkov.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="287" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style=""/> <span class='image_meta'></span></span>Evgeny Vladenkov is an arbitration manager. According to the investigation, Vladenkov hit a police officer three times in the course of the protest. The case is currently at trial.</p><p dir="ltr">Vladenkov did not admit to the charges, and has signed an undertaking that he will not leave his place of residence.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>All illustrations by <a href="https://www.behance.net/nnnccn">Anastasia Vilkulova</a>.&nbsp;</em><i>Find out how you can help OVD-Info <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</i></p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/anna-arutunyan/who-ll-make-russia-great-again">Who will make Russia “great again”? </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/bolotnaya-20">Bolotnaya 2.0?</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/six-years-of-ovd-info">Six years of OVD-Info</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ivan-davydov/russia-s-latest-protests-are-no-child-s-play">Russia&#039;s latest protests are no child’s play</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ekaterina-fomina/igor-yasin-lgbt">Igor Yasin: “If there’s no freedom of assembly for LGBT, there’s none for anyone else”</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Russia Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:27:15 +0000 OVD-Info 115377 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Six years of OVD-Info https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/six-years-of-ovd-info <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hundreds of hours spent on the phone, online and in court — this is what it means to monitor politically-motivated arrests in Russia.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/lunapark_720_0_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>In December 2011, thousands took to Russia’s streets to protest electoral fraud in what became a push against Putin’s status quo. Source: OVD-Info. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We continue our partnership with <a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly. </strong></p><p dir="ltr">Six years ago, on 5 December 2011, a rally took place in the Chistye Prudy area, Moscow. This protest against the results of the State Duma elections marked the start of the protest movement of the 2010s. The rally ended up with mass arrests — and that same evening OVD-Info was born. The project was initiated by two people: a computer programmer and a journalist.</p><p dir="ltr">Today, we have a couple of dozen staff and hundred volunteers in five cities. We are creating our own legal consultation service: we gather and analyse data to assess the scale of repressions and, most important, we provide legal assistance independently. We have accurate information, we know what it means, and we can help.</p><p dir="ltr">In 2017 alone we have assisted 938 people (almost a thousand!) in Moscow police stations, 381 in Russian courts, and we are already helping 25 to make applications to the European Court of Human Rights. Over the same time, our telephone hotline has received 6,256 calls, and delivered 274 hours (and 55 minutes) of support to people who have met with violations of their civil rights.</p><p dir="ltr">The best gift to us — and to those who have suffered persecution — is to tell your friends about OVD-Info and to support the project. Thanks to your help we are developing and learning to provide more, and more effective, assistance. You can help us <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org">here</a>.</p><h2>The week in full</h2><p>We have one piece of truly good news to share with you: Yury Kuly, convicted in the 26 March Case, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/12/01/figurant-dela-26-marta-yuriy-kuliy-vyshel-na-svobodu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a> from prison. He was sentenced to eight months for helping an elderly person who was attacked by a police officer. True, there is also sad news: another defendant in this case, the engineer Dmitry Krepkin, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/12/07/figuranta-dela-26-marta-dmitriya-krepkina-prigovorili-k-polutora-godam?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> to 18 months in prison.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/krepkin_720.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="260" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>26 March 2017: Dmitry Krepkin, Tverskaya Square, Moscow.</span></span></span>Not everyone knows that after the “Don’t Call Him Dimon” rally, nine people in three cities were charged with criminal offences. We have brought together <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/12/07/delo-26-marta-kto-eti-lyudi-i-za-chto-ih-sudyat-spravka-ovd-info?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detailed information</a> about these cases and those charged. This includes: video, illustrations, how the detentions took place, what the charges were, news about the investigations and trials, and also how to write to the defendants.</p><p dir="ltr">On 5 December, Russia’s Ministry of Justice <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/12/05/golos-ameriki-krym-realii-radio-svoboda-i-eshche-shest-smi-popali-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">named</a> the first nine media organizations to be designated as “foreign agents”. These included Voice of America, Radio Svoboda, Idel.Realii, Kavkaz.Realii and Krym.Realii. Henceforth, these media outlets must report regularly to the Ministry of Justice on their activities and finances, and mark their output with the label “foreign agent”.</p><p dir="ltr">Dmitry Bogatov, the Moscow Tor node operator who faces extremism charges, has undergone a lie-detector test. Its results show Bogatov is innocent. However, the investigator in the case has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/12/07/sledstvie-otkazalos-priobshchat-k-delu-bogatova-ekspertizu-kotoraya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">refused</a> to add the results of the test to the materials of the case. The investigator believes that the specialists who conducted the test were not competent. Bogatov is charged with inciting mass riots on the basis of communications sent from his IP address.</p><p dir="ltr">Officials in Irkutsk have found a novel method of fighting against Alexey Navalny’s local election campaign headquarters. They have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/12/05/v-irkutske-sud-postanovil-snesti-sanuzel-shtaba-navalnogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">ordered</a> that the toilet facilities in the extension to the building dated 1830, where Navalny’s campaign team are located, should be removed. The Service for the Protection of Cultural Monuments has gone to court to claim that the construction of the extension had not been foreseen at the time of the original building.</p><p dir="ltr">A supporter of the banned Volya party has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2017/12/01/poslala-ssylku-i-vozbudila-nenavist-ekstremistskoe-delo-za-elektronnoe-pismo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">told</a> us how she has been prosecuted for distributing the text of a leaflet to a number of addresses via e-mail.&nbsp;</p><h2>Thank you</h2><p>If you have questions about how to defend yourself in court, or about what to do if you are arrested, then visit the section of our website <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/legal">Your Rights</a>, or get in touch with our <a href="https://t.me/OvdInfoBot">Bot</a>. You will most likely find an answer.</p><p dir="ltr">Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. Find out how you can help us<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en"> here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould<a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown"> here</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/editors-of-opendemocracy-russia/dissecting-russia-s-winter-of-protest-five-years-on">Dissecting Russia’s winter of protest, five years on</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown">Crowdfunding to bypass Russia’s civil society crackdown</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/bolotnaya-20">Bolotnaya 2.0?</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Russia Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:55:50 +0000 OVD-Info 115185 at https://www.opendemocracy.net This week, detention and a tragic death at the hands of Russian law enforcement https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/this-week-detention-and-tragic-death-at-hands-of-russian-law-enforcement <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Attempts by Russian law enforcement in Crimea to detain a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement led to her death.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/5a16b3ac2b9e0.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Vedzhie Kashka, a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, died this week after Russian security services tried to detain her in Crimea. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We continue our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr">In Crimea, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/23/v-krymu-posle-popytki-zaderzhaniya-skonchalas-veteran-krymskotatarskogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Vedzhie Kashka</a>, a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, died after law enforcement officers attempted to detain her. Kashka, 82, began to feel unwell when FSB officers detained colleagues and members of her family. On the morning of 23 November, FSB officers detained three Crimean Tatar activists. They were charged with extorting money from a citizen of Turkey and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/23/zaderzhannyh-krymskotatarskih-aktivistov-pomestili-v-ivs?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sent</a> to a temporary detention centre. Journalist Aider Muzhdabaev <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ayder.muzhdabaev/posts/1734710853229449?pnref=story">asserts</a> that, judging by the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=46&amp;v=PSNP6S7w-AM">video</a> taken during the arrests, the FSB officers edited out the moment that Vedzhie Kashka was herself arrested:</p><p class="blockquote-new" dir="ltr">“I am certain they did this because they also pushed the elderly woman to the floor. After that, she began to feel unwell. The officers became frightened and called the ambulance (this is on the video) in which Vedzhie Kashka died on the way to hospital.”</p><p dir="ltr">Ali Feruz, a journalist working for Novaya gazeta, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/21/sud-oshtrafoval-zhurnalista-ali-feruza-i-prigovoril-k-otsrochennomu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">fined</a> 5,000 roubles for writing for the newspaper without a work permit. The court ruled that the journalist should be deported from Russia, but halted the process on the grounds of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights <a href="https://www.rferl.org/a/feruz-journalist-uzbekistan-european-court-of-human-rights/28659002.html">barring deportation</a> of Feruz. Before Feruz was taken to the court hearing, a member of staff at the Centre for Temporary Detention of Foreign Citizens where the journalist is being held, told Feruz: “Get ready to go home.” The court hearing took place in the evening after the courthouse was closed to the public. Feruz left Uzbekistan eight years ago after the security services of that country tried to persuade him to become an informer, and he left to live in Russia. Before Feruz succeeded in escaping, he was subjected to torture.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Тhree of <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution">Vyacheslav Maltsev’s supporters</a>, detained in Moscow on 1 November, have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/21/v-moskve-storonnikov-malceva-iz-almetevska-i-arzamasa-otpravili-v-sizo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded in custody</a> on charges of terrorism. One of those detained telephoned OVD-Info and said the police had broken down the door of his apartment in New Moscow, where he and two of his colleagues were at the time. All three were charged with failing to obey the demands of police officers and were sent to a special detention centre. On leaving the special detention centre they were detained by officers of the Investigative Committee.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen_Shot_2017-11-17_at_10_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="309" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Vyacheslav Maltsev, who <a href=https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/andrey-kaganskikh/the-inside-story-of-russias-failed-social-media-revolution>promised a national revolution on 5 November</a>, fled Russia earlier this year. Source: Youtube.</span></span></span>A supporter of Maltsev’s Artpodgotovka movement from Volgograd has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/22/sud-v-volgograde-naznachil-storonniku-malceva-prinuditelnoe-psihiatricheskoe?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">committed</a> to a psychiatric clinic for compulsory treatment. For more details about the persecution of the Maltsev’s followers, see <a href="http://mailchi.mp/2fea2a64e547/so_it_goes_week27">here</a> and <a href="http://mailchi.mp/ae09bebf33cd/revolution-in-numbers">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">The mathematician Dmitry Bogatov <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/17/matematik-dmitriy-bogatov-proshel-proverku-na-detektore-lzhi-i-podtverdil?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">confirmed</a> his alibi during a polygraph test. Bogatov has been charged with inciting mass rioting and justification of terrorism. He has been prosecuted on the grounds of messages, proposing that people should go to Red Square on 2 April 2017, posted on the SysAdmins.ru forum by someone using the pseudonym “Airat Bashirov.” The messages were sent from Bogatov’s IP address. However, Bogatov operates a Tor node which means that any user can send a message from his IP address. At the time the “crime” was committed, Bogatov was training in a gym.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/-el8gtafuda_0_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Stanislav Zimovets was sentenced to 2.5 months in prison for violent conduct towards a police officer at an anti-corruption rally in Moscow on 26 March. Source: VKontakte.</span></span></span>Stanislav Zimovets, a nationalist activist convicted in the <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/bolotnaya-20">26 March Case</a>, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/18/figurant-dela-26-marta-etapirovan-v-koloniyu-v-volgogradskoy-oblasti?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">transferred</a> to a prison colony in his native town. This summer Zimovets was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/07/20/figuranta-dela-26-marta-stanislava-zimovca-prigovorili-k-2-godam-i-6?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> to 30 months in prison under Article 318 of the Criminal Code (violence against a public official). According to the investigators, Zimovets threw a fragment of brick at a National Guard officer, after which he fled into the crowd. Zimovets said that by his actions he had been trying to help people taking part in the protest, which the police were using excessive force to disperse.</p><p dir="ltr">You can <a href="http://rosuznik.org/arrests/zimovets">write a letter</a> to Zimovets at this address: Stanislav Sergevich Zimovets, born 1985, Prison Colony No. 12, Aleksandrova Street, No. 86, Volzhsky, Volgograd region 401103</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/profychet.jpg" alt="lead " title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Image: OVD-Info. </span></span></span>An appeal court has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/20/mosgorsud-sokratil-srok-lisheniya-svobody-figurantu-dela-26-marta-politikovu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">reduced</a> the sentence of another person convicted in the Case of 26 March, Alexey Politikov, by six months. In October Politikov was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/18/obvinyaemogo-po-delu-26-marta-politikova-prigovorili-k-dvum-godam-kolonii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">sentenced</a> to two years in a general regime prison colony. Alexey Politikov is a supporter of the leader of the Artpodgotovka movement, led by Vyacheslav Maltsev. He was detained during a search in Maltsev’s home on 10 June. <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/14/obvinyaemomu-po-delu-26-marta-alekseyu-politikovu-predyavili-okonchatelnoe?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">According to investigators</a>, Politikov used force, which was not a threat to health or life, against police captain Shvetsov (Article 318, Section 1, of the Criminal Code): “he seized [the officer] by force, squeezing his body, grabbing on to items of his clothing,” and also tried to push him to the ground, and hit him with his fist once in the stomach.</p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p dir="ltr">Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. Find out how you can help us<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en"> here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown">here</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><br /></em></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:49:43 +0000 OVD-Info 114881 at https://www.opendemocracy.net This week, Russian citizens have been arrested for intolerance towards Cossacks https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-arrests-november-2017 <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our partners at OVD-Info give us the latest on freedom of assembly and political detentions in Russia.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/1_npkc2W2vzxKGMJUDC6qBIQ.png" alt="" title="" width="460" height="224" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>OVD-Info report makes it to the top of Yandex's news aggregator, Russia's most popular search engine. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We continue our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This week we report on how OVD-Info found its way to the top of the Yandex search engine, what’s wrong with the charges against a defendant in the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/bolotnaya-20">26 March case</a>, and how Russian police gather information from people who have been arrested.</p><h2>We begin with the news</h2><p dir="ltr">The FSB has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/10/fsb-zavela-na-vyacheslava-malceva-delo-ob-organizacii-terroristicheskogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">opened</a> a criminal investigation against Vyacheslav Maltsev, the leader of the Artpodgotovka movement, for organising a terrorist group. Despite this, Maltsev apparently has “no problems at all.” He recently <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/15/lider-artpodgotovki-vyacheslav-malcev-zayavil-chto-poluchil-ubezhishche-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">stated</a> that he has been given political asylum in an EU country.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 10.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="309" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Vyacheslav Maltsev. Source: Youtube. </span></span></span>Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for preparing (non-existent) acts of terrorism in Crimea, has spent the past two weeks in <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/13/rezhissera-olega-sencova-dve-nedeli-derzhali-v-shizo-posle-dostavleniya-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">solitary confinement</a>. Sentsov had been moved to the White Bear prison colony in the Labytnangi settlement (in Yamalo-Nenetsky autonomous district) where he was immediately placed in solitary confinement. This is how the prison carried out a decision by the pre-trial detention centre in Irkutsk, where Sentsov had formerly been held, who had decided the prisoner had been in serious violation of regulations, but had not had time to punish him.</p><p dir="ltr">In Chelyabinsk, environmental activist Irina Mochanova is under <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/13/za-odinochnyy-piket-pered-kortezhem-prezidenta-na-aktivistku-vozbudili?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">criminal investigation</a> for using violence against a representative of the authorities while holding a one-person protest in front of president Putin’s car as it drove past. &nbsp;The activist was protesting against the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/aaron-pelei/chelyabinsk-copper-plant-conflict">construction of the Tomino copper mining plant</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/2-z60-191611e9-696e-4304-8c67-755f1fc56709.jpg" alt="lead " title="" width="460" height="280" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>A picket against a new copper plant outside the city during president Putin's recent visit to Chelyabinsk. Source: <a href=http://chelyabinsk.74.ru/text/gorod/364940208971776.html?utm_source=vk&utm_medium=og&utm_campaign=smm>Chelyabinsk74.ru</a>.</span></span></span>Russian law enforcement haven’t forgotten about the dangerous criminals who exploit the internet for their nefarious purposes. Krasnodar blogger Leonid Kudinov has again been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/15/krasnodarskomu-blogeru-dali-sutki-aresta-za-svastiku-v-videorolike?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> for posting a video containing a swastika. In the video, Kudinov urges the police to stop using Article 20.3 of the Administrative Law Code against activists, and to take into account the context in which Nazi symbols may be used.</p><p dir="ltr">In Kaluga, a business manager, Ivan Lyubshin, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/16/zhitelya-kalugi-oshtrafovali-na-400-tysyach-rubley-za-posty-vo-vkontakte?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">found guilty</a> of extremism and of rehabilitation of Nazism on account of posts he made on the VKontakte social media site. Lyubshin was fined 400,000 roubles; prosecutors had asked for him to be jailed for four years. The prosecution was brought on the basis of posts on social media which included film of the joint military parade of the forces of the Third Reich and the Red Army in Brest in 1939, and a song from the Soviet-Polish war of 1920.</p><p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, in Crimea an activist has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/16/predsedatelya-soyuza-rabochih-sevastopolya-obvinyayut-v-neterpimosti-k?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">charged</a> with “embracing the ideas of intolerance towards the social group of the Terek Cossacks and defaming the given social group.” In this case, the investigators also established the alleged crime by reviewing social media. During a police search of the activist’s apartment, he was beaten.</p><p dir="ltr">In the regions the authorities are gradually moving to ban rallies in cities (especially in downtown areas). In <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/16/v-murmanskom-gayd-parke-nuzhno-soglasovyvat-mitingi-s-komitetom-po-kulture-i?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Murmansk</a>, during an inspection by prosecutors, a document dating from 2011 was discovered stating that the local “Hyde Park” (the name given to areas where protests of less than 100 people are permitted without special authorisation by the authorities) had the status of an “object of cultural heritage” and therefore events could be held there only with the permission of the Committee for Culture and Art. The first decision the Committee took was to ban a rally against corruption. In <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/16/centralnuyu-ploshchad-petrozavodska-isklyuchili-iz-perechnya-gayd-parkov?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Petrozavodsk</a> a more straightforward approach was adopted: the main street was simply removed from the list of local “Hyde Parks.” <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><h2>Our publications</h2><p>We have <a href="https://medium.com/@ovdinfo/%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BA-%D0%BC%D1%8B-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B1%D1%8B%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B8-%D0%B2-%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%B5-%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%B9-%D1%8F%D0%BD%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%81%D0%B0-f5df0dbc0ce5">written</a> about how during the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-last-sunday-s-revolution-in-numbers">“revolution” on 5 November</a> we suddenly became one of the top ten resources cited on Yandex-News (where in fact we don’t belong at all, since we are not licensed as a media outlet). It is interesting that the figures we published relating to the detentions that took place at that time were in contest with figures provided by the police: sometimes the police figures had the most citations, sometimes ours were predominant. But the main thing is that in our article we explain why we (and, in fact, you) need this information.</p><p dir="ltr">In Russia the notion of a “criminal misdemeanour” may be introduced. We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/11/15/smyagchit-nelzya-uzhestochit-v-rossii-mozhet-poyavitsya-ponyatie-ugolovnyy?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">explain</a> what this is, and the different views as to whether it is necessary.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/DOCitisXcAEOjXe (1).jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="345" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>7 November: Presnensky district court, Moscow. Source: Protest Moscow.</span></span></span>If you have been arrested, it is worth being cautious in what you say to other people in the police van, despite a natural sense of solidarity you may have with them. We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/11/13/rabotniki-luna-parkov-kak-policeyskie-sobirayut-informaciyu-sredi-zaderzhannyh?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">relate</a> how police gather information among detainees.</p><p dir="ltr">Dmitry Borisov, a defendant in the 26 March Case, has been charged with kicking the helmet of one of the five police officers who were carrying him to the police van. As a result, Borisov faces a prison term of up to five years. Three police officers, who are witnesses in Borisov’s case, have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/16/svideteli-ne-podtverdili-chto-figurant-dela-26-marta-udaril-policeyskogo?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">said</a> they did not see the accused strike the police officer. We have investigated the video of Borisov’s arrest in an attempt to understand whether it might indeed have been possible for Borisov to kick the officer on the helmet. Our <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/11/16/yayca-ne-trogayte-ili-za-chto-sudyat-dmitriya-borisova?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">conclusion</a> is very unexpected, but men will probably understand.</p><h2>Volunteers</h2><p dir="ltr">OVD-Info needs <a href="https://medium.com/@ovdinfo/%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B4-%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%84%D0%BE-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D0%B2%D1%8B-c5a6f2e585ed">volunteers</a>. We need volunteers to staff our telephone hotline, we need young lawyers, people to work with databases, IT experts, illustrators, and many others. Persecution on political grounds is very widespread in Russia at present, so we have much work to do. 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Find out how you can help us<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en"> here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould<a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown"> here</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/bolotnaya-20">Bolotnaya 2.0?</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/six-days-to-destroy-movement">Artpodgotovka: six days to destroy a movement</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-last-sunday-s-revolution-in-numbers">Russia: last Sunday’s “revolution” in numbers</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:04:27 +0000 OVD-Info 114729 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Russia: last Sunday’s “revolution” in numbers https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-last-sunday-s-revolution-in-numbers <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week, the Russian authorities have detained 484 people on the streets. The pretext? A crackdown on an attempted nationalist revolution.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/DOCitisXcAEOjXe.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="345" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>7 November: Presnensky district court, Moscow. Source: <a href=https://twitter.com/nedimon_msk?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fovdinfo.org%2Fexpress-news%2F2017%2F11%2F07%2Fv-moskve-vseh-zaderzhannyh-5-noyabrya-s-chteniy-adama-smita-otpustili>Protest Moscow</a>. </span></span></span><strong>We continue our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This week’s update is dedicated to what happened on 5 November, the day of the “revolution” promised by Russian nationalist politician Vyacheslav Maltsev and what happened in the days after.</p><p dir="ltr">On 5 November, 484 people were detained throughout Russia: in Moscow, 404 were detained, including 22 after attending the latest in the series of Adam Smith Lectures at the Higher School of Economics, at least 20 playing Pokémon Go, and a young man with disabilities travelling on a push-scooter. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />In St Petersburg, police detained 21 people, of whom eight were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/07/zaderzhannyh-5-noyabrya-v-peterburge-na-festivale-sveta-osudili-za?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">spectators</a> at the Festival of Light and three who are supporters of the reorganisation of St Petersburg and Leningrad region into an “Autonomous Republic of Free Ingriya.” According to the latter three, during their detention, a pistol with bullets, a grenade and a Molotov cocktail were planted in their car. Currently, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/07/zaderzhannyh-5-noyabrya-v-peterburge-kotorym-podkinuli-oruzhie-otpustili-iz?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">travel restrictions</a> have been imposed on them, and a criminal investigation on charges of “possession of weapons by a group of people” has been opened.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">In Novosibirsk, police detained 20 people (an approximate figure), one of whom has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/09/v-novosibirske-po-delu-o-massovyh-besporyadkah-arestovali-organizatora?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded in custody</a> for two months on charges of preparing and inciting large-scale riots.</p><p dir="ltr">In Rostov-on-Don, police detained 13 people. One man was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/05/odnogo-iz-zaderzhannyh-v-rostove-na-donu-izbili-v-otdele-policii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">beaten</a> by police in an effort to force him to confess to a crime. &nbsp;At the police station, among other things, the police confiscated his glasses and a pen knife.</p><p dir="ltr">In Krasnodar, ten people were detained, three of them minors.</p><p dir="ltr">In Perm, police detained eight people.</p><p dir="ltr">In Krasnodar, seven people were detained, one of whom had been picketing a local government building. The latter was subsequently released from the police station without any charges being brought and returned to the government building to continue his picket.</p><p dir="ltr">In Saratov, police detained one person, also holding a single-person picket.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />In Moscow:<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Sixty people were held <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/06/po-dannym-na-0200-v-otdelah-policii-ostayutsya-nochevat-bolee-sta-chelovek?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">for a whole day</a> in police vans.</p><p dir="ltr">Detainees were taken to 32 different police stations. In at least 14 police stations, detainees were questioned by officers who arrived from the Investigative Committee. In almost all cases, detainees were not allowed to see lawyers, and at one police station a priest was not permitted to enter.</p><p dir="ltr">Between 5 and 7 November, 87 people were held in police stations.</p><p dir="ltr">52 people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/11/07/sudy-nad-zaderzhannymi-vo-vremya-akciy-5-noyabrya-2017-goda?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> for terms from eight to 15 days in three different <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/11/08/spisok-dostavlennyh-v-specpriemniki-moskvy-posle-akcii-51117?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">special detention centres</a> for “failing to comply with the demands of a police officer.”</p><p dir="ltr">Seven detainees were held for <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/08/zaderzhannye-5-noyabrya-posle-suda-proveli-12-chasov-v-avtozake">at least 12 hours</a> in a police van in front of special detention centre No. 1, without being able either to go to the toilet or to drink water. One of them was held in a van for 24 hours.</p><p dir="ltr">Four minors were questioned both by police and by officers from the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/06/nesovershennoletnih-kotoryh-zaderzhali-posle-chteniy-adama-smita-vyzyvayut?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Investigative Committee</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Two criminal investigations have been opened: one regarding alleged <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/09/odin-iz-zaderzhannyh-v-moskve-5-noyabrya-arestovan-po-ugolovnomu-delu-na-dva?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">use of force</a> against a police officer; a second regarding alleged <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/05/sk-zavel-ugolovnoe-delo-o-podgotovke-terakta-i-massovyh-besporyadkov-5">incitement</a> to mass rioting and carrying out terrorist activity.</p><p dir="ltr">One person’s jail sentence was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/08/mosgorsud-otmenil-reshenie-ob-areste-odnomu-iz-zaderzhannyh-5-noyabrya?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">quashed</a> on appeal.</p><p dir="ltr">In total, at least nine criminal investigations have been opened in relation to the events in question: in <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/09/sud-v-saratove-arestoval-zaderzhannogo-vmeste-s-koordinatorom-partii?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Saratov</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/09/v-novosibirske-po-delu-o-massovyh-besporyadkah-arestovali-organizatora?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Novosibirsk</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/09/zhitelya-kaliningrada-arestovali-iz-za-soobshcheniy-v-zakrytom-chate-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Кaliningrad</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/07/zaderzhannyh-5-noyabrya-v-peterburge-kotorym-podkinuli-oruzhie-otpustili-iz?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">St. Petersburg</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/storonnika-artpodgotovki-v-kazani-arestovali-za-posty-vo-vkontakte?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Кazan</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/06/storonnika-malceva-iz-volgograda-arestovali-na-dva-mesyaca?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Volgograd</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/03/v-krasnoyarske-sud-na-dva-mesyaca-arestoval-aktivista-artpodgotovki?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Krasnoyarsk</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/05/sk-zavel-ugolovnoe-delo-o-podgotovke-terakta-i-massovyh-besporyadkov-5?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Мoscow</a> (2).</p><p dir="ltr">As promised, we conclude this week’s Update with an item of good news: Dmitry Buchenkov, a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case who had not been present on Bolotnaya Square that day, has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/09/figurant-bolotnogo-dela-dmitriy-buchenkov-pokinul-rossiyu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">absconded</a> from house arrest. At present, he is in a European state, where he has asked for political asylum. We wish Dmitry and his family the best of luck.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /></p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. 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Source: Facebook. </span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We continue our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This week’s update on freedom of assembly in Russia focuses on the persecution of supporters of Vyacheslav Maltsev who, since 2013, has been promising a revolution on 5 November 2017. Maltsev himself has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/07/04/vyacheslav-malcev-pokinul-rossiyu-iz-za-ugolovnogo-dela-ob-ekstremistskom">left</a> the country, and his nationalist-populist movement Artpodgotovka has been designated as “extremist”. Maltsev has urged his supporters to occupy city centres on 5 November 2017 and remain there until President Vladimir Putin resigns from office.</p><p dir="ltr">Over the past week six criminal cases have been brought against supporters of Maltsev on charges related to drugs, terrorism, mass disturbances and “incitement of hatred and enmity.” Below we list them in order.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />1) Last Thursday, Krasnodar regional court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/26/vozglavlyaemoe-malcevym-dvizhenie-artpodgotovka-priznano-ekstremistskim-i?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">ruled</a> the Artpodgotovka movement “extremist” and banned its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation. The same day the FSB <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/26/k-aktivistu-artpodgotovki-v-moskve-prishli-sotrudniki-fsb-posle-etogo-propal?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">visited the Moscow home</a> of a participant in the movement.</p><p dir="ltr">2) On Saturday, an Artpodgotovka activist in the town of Goryachy kliuch <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/28/v-krasnodarskom-krae-na-10-sutok-arestovali-aktivistku-artpodgotovki?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">posted</a> a video about the arrest of the movement’s coordinator in Krasnodar, as a result of which she ended up being jailed for 10 days.</p><p dir="ltr">3) On Sunday in Cheboksary police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/30/v-cheboksarah-29-oktyabrya-byli-zaderzhany-semero-aktivistov?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> seven opposition activists from the <a href="https://vk.com/arta_hunta_cheb">Аrtvolga</a> group (which is linked with the Artpodgotovka movement).<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />4) On Monday, the Kazan office of Artpodgotovka and the home of one of its local activists were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/30/u-aktivista-artpodgotovki-v-kazani-proshel-obysk-zaderzhan?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searched</a> by police. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">5) On Wednesday, the homes of four activists in the city of Engels in Saratov region were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/01/v-saratovskoy-oblasti-prohodit-obysk-u-storonnikov-vyacheslava-malceva?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searched</a>. Two criminal cases were immediately opened on suspicion of incitement of hatred against <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/01/koordinatora-partii-svobodnye-lyudi-sergeya-ryzhova-obvinili-v-ekstremizme?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Sergei Ryzhov</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/01/na-aktivista-dmitriya-germanova-vozbudili-ugolovnoe-delo-za-ekstremizm?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Dmitry Germanov</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">In Krasnoyarsk, police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/01/storonnika-vyacheslava-malceva-snyali-s-poezda-v-krasnoyarske-i-pomestili-v?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">removed</a> a supporter of Maltsev from a train. He was subsequently remanded in custody for two months on charges related to alleged rioting (Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code).<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />In St Petersburg an Artpodgotovka activist has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/01/sud-nad-aktivistom-rafaelem-gaynutdinovym-proshel-v-zakrytom-rezhime?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> on charges (under administrative law) for a third time. In total, this individual has now been jailed for 21 days. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Activists from the movement were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/01/v-krasnodarskom-krae-byli-zaderzhany-aktivisty-artpodgotovki?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> in Krasnodar and Sochi. They were later <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/zaderzhannye-v-krasnodarskom-krae-aktivisty-artpodgotovki-arestovany?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a>.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />6) On Thursday, in Volgograd, the home of one of the movement’s activists was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/v-volgograde-proshel-obysk-u-storonnika-vyacheslava-malceva?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">searched</a> in connection with a criminal case under Article 228.1, Section 4, of the Criminal Code (large-scale drug trafficking which carries a potential jail term of from 10 to 20 years). The police confiscated leaflets, buttons, stickers and other items linked with the demonstration planned for 5 November. The young man was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/k-zaderzhannomu-storonniku-malceva-v-volgograde-ne-puskayut-advokata?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">taken</a> to the local Centre for Combatting Extremism, he was not allowed to see a lawyer, and communication with him has been lost.</p><p dir="ltr">In Kazan, one other participant in the movement has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/storonnika-artpodgotovki-v-kazani-arestovali-za-posty-vo-vkontakte?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">remanded in custody</a> until 29 December on suspicion of inciting hatred or enmity by means of the internet (Article 282, Section 2, of the Criminal Code).</p><p dir="ltr">In Arkhangelsk region, one of Maltsev’s supporters was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/v-arhangelskoy-oblasti-zaderzhali-storonnika-malceva-u-nego-izyali-ohotniche?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a>. Police confiscated a hunting rifle.</p><p dir="ltr">And news came that Sergei Ryzhov is no longer suspected only of “inciting hatred,” but also <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/koordinatora-svobodnyh-lyudey-sergeya-ryzhova-podozrevayut-v-podgotovke?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">preparing</a> an act of terrorism (<a href="https://ovdinfo.org/codex/ch-1-st-30-ch-1-st-205-uk">Article 205, Section 1; Article 30 Section 1, of the Criminal Code</a>). He maintains his innocence. </p><p dir="ltr">However, it is not only the supporters of Maltsev that Russia’s law enforcement agencies are interested in. Presnensky district court in Moscow, which has yet to understand how Tor works, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/27/sud-prodlil-srok-domashnego-aresta-matematiku-dmitriyu-bogatovu?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">extended</a> the house arrest of mathematician Dmitry Bogatov, charged with incitement to riot and justification of terrorism, until the end of January.</p><p dir="ltr">Incidentally, on 1 November a new <a href="http://publication.pravo.gov.ru/Document/View/0001201707300002?index=1&amp;rangeSize=1">law</a> entered into force in Russia enabling the blocking of internet services which make possible access to websites blocked by the authorities.</p><p dir="ltr">In Kemerovo, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/29/radio-svoboda-v-kemerove-na-koordinatora-shtaba-navalnogo-davyat-cherez-ee?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">pressure</a> is being put on Kseniya Pakhomova, the local coordinator of the Navalny election campaign, through her relatives. Kseniya’s mother has been fired from the school where she had worked for 20 years. Her boyfriend was suddenly expelled from graduate school and received notification he was to be conscripted. And posters were put up around the town advertising Pakhomova’s services as a prostitute. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/2bo-qthbnnw.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="308" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Ksenia Pakhomova. Image: Navalny Team, Kemerovo. </span></span></span>In Ulyanovsk an Open Russia activist was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/01/aktivistku-otkrytoy-rossii-oshtrafovali-na-20-tysyach-rubley-za-vozlozhenie?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">fined</a> 20,000 roubles for placing flowers on a memorial to the victims of political repression. In Nizhny Novgorod, activists were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/31/policiya-zaderzhala-aktivistov-za-ustanovku-kresta-v-pamyat-zhertvam?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> who had erected a cross in memory of the victims of political repression. Meanwhile, when Putin opened a memorial to the victims of political repression in Moscow, strange as it may seem, no one arrested him.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">Aslan Iritov, the leader of a civil society initiative group in Volny Aul district in Nalchik, and his brother have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/11/02/v-nalchike-na-aktivista-bez-ruk-zaveli-ugolovnoe-delo-o-napadenii-na?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">charged</a> with attacking a police officer. This is despite the fact that Aslan Iritov has no hands. Several days earlier, riot police had burst into his home and seriously assaulted his family. Iritov’s wife had had fingers broken in the attack, and his brother a rib. According to Iritov’s daughter, the criminal charges were brought against her father and uncle after they refused to withdraw their complaint regarding the assault.</p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p dir="ltr"><em>Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. Find out how you can help us <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>You can now read our regular <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/reports/crf-2017-3?utm_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=mailing&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">quarterly report</a>, which sets out all that we have been able to do with your support over the period 1 July - 30 September. This includes 1,333 phone calls about detentions and politically-motivated persecution received, 1,168 urgent news items published, and reports on 148 trials concerning freedom of assembly. <br class="kix-line-break" /></em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould<a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown"> here</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/go-away-pynya">Pynya, go away!</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/dmitry-lebedev/digital-sovereignty-a-la-russe">Digital sovereignty à la russe</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/sergey-damber/letter-from-russias-end">Welcome to Gdov, where Russia comes to an end</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russias-anti-corruption-protests-detentions-detentions-detentions">Russia&#039;s anti-corruption protests: detentions, detentions, detentions</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Russia Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:35:17 +0000 OVD-Info 114439 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Pynya, go away! https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/go-away-pynya <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">This week in Russia there’s been something of everything — arrests, assaults and bannings. But at least three people have been released from prison.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/22730630_2007591192819166_1899127671254514706_n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>"Pynya, go away!" reads this placard on Ustinsky Bridge. Source: GradusTV.</span></span></span></p><p><strong>We continue our partnership with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ovdinfo.org/">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Fifteen days in jail for “Pynya” (a nickname for Putin). Traffic police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/25/policiya-ostanovila-mashinu-s-aktivistami-novoy-oppozicii?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">stopped a car</a> in which Olga Romanova and Andrei Titkov, Moscow activists of the New Opposition political movement, were travelling. They were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/26/na-aktivistov-sostavili-protokol-za-akciyu-s-manekenom-i-plakatom-pynya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> for a protest with a mannequin hung on the Ustinsky Bridge along with a placard that read “Go away, Pynya”. The next day Titkov was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/26/aktivista-novoy-oppozicii-v-moskve-arestovali-na-15-sutok-za-plakaty-na?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jailed</a> for 15 days on the grounds that this protest had created a traffic disturbance. Romanova had been released before the court hearing. At the hearing in the case of Titkov, no one, not even his lawyer who was in the building, was allowed into the courtroom.</p><p dir="ltr">The Artpodgotovka group, headed by Vyacheslav Maltsev who recently left Russia, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/26/vozglavlyaemoe-malcevym-dvizhenie-artpodgotovka-priznano-ekstremistskim-i?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">ruled “extremist” and banned</a>. Moreover, FSB officers <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/26/k-aktivistu-artpodgotovki-v-moskve-prishli-sotrudniki-fsb-posle-etogo-propal?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">conducted a search</a> of the home of a Moscow activist from the group, Andrei Tolkachev.</p><p dir="ltr">Vladimir Shipitsin, an activist from the St. Petersburg Solidarity movement, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/25/v-peterburge-izbit-aktivist-dvizheniya-solidarnost-vladimir-shipicin?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">assaulted</a> in the entrance hall of his apartment block. The attacker used a knuckleduster, and during the assault said: “Don’t write any more bullshit about good people, next time it will be worse.”</p><p>Regional election campaign offices of Alexey Navalny were also attacked. In Khabarovsk, a United Russia Young Guard activist <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/22/aktivist-molodoy-gvardii-edinoy-rossii-oblil-kraskoy-shtab-navalnogo-v?utm_source=rightisrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">poured paint</a> on the building, while in Kirov someone <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/21/v-kirove-razbili-okno-shtaba-navalnogo?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">threw a brick through the offices’ window</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">The leaders of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/25/ahtem-chiygoz-i-ilmi-umerov-pokinuli-rossiyu-i-peredany-turcii?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">pardoned</a> and flown to Turkey. Chiygoz had been charged with organising mass disturbances that took place in Simferopol in February 2014 and sentenced to eight years in a prison colony. Umerov was charged with inciting separatism for stating that Crimea should be returned to Ukraine, and sentenced to two years in a low security prison colony.</p><p dir="ltr">One other person convicted of inciting separatism (and also extremism), Darya Polyudova, a leftwing activist from the Kuban, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/20/kubanskaya-aktivistka-darya-polyudova-vyshla-na-svobodu?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">released</a>. Meanwhile, Crimea resident Suleiman Kadyrov is still <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/25/v-krymu-zaversheno-sledstvie-po-delu-obvinyaemogo-v-separatizme-suleymana?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">awaiting trial</a> on charges of inciting separatism.</p><p dir="ltr">In Moscow, the trial began of a teenager accused of using force against a National Guard officer at a demonstration on 12 June. Read the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/report/2017/10/20/kartofelnyy-rostok-i-bolshoy-dyadya-nachalsya-sud-nad-podrostkom-za-sobytiya-12?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">report</a> by our correspondent.</p><p dir="ltr">Record-breaking zeal has been shown by the Sochi police. Police in this Russian resort town have opened administrative cases against two Navalny supporters a number of times. Olesya Khristosenko, for a photograph taken on the porch of the campaign offices in the city; and Konstantin Gudimov for riding a bicycle on 7 October. Equally, the court has, a number of times, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/22/policiya-zaderzhala-aktivista-sochinskogo-shtaba-navalnogo?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">rejected the case and sent it back to the police</a>. Nonetheless, the police succeeded in getting their way: Gudimov was jailed for <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/24/v-sochi-aktivista-shtaba-navalnogo-arestovali-na-12-sutok?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">12 days</a>, Khristosenko for <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/24/v-sochi-storonnice-navalnogo-dali-8-sutok-aresta?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">eight days</a>. Read lawyer Aleksandr Popkov’s comment <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/opinions/2017/10/25/rekordnoe-rvenie-policiya-dobilas-arestov-za-velosiped-i-fotografiyu?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Trials related to the protests of 7 October have continued <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/10/09/sudy-nad-uchastnikami-akciy-v-podderzhku-navalnogo-7-i-8-oktyabrya-rossiya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">in other cities</a>. Some protesters were sentenced to community work, others were fined.</p><p dir="ltr">In Nizhny Novgorod, a local resident and participant in the “meeting with Navalny without Navalny” that took place on 29 September was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/26/uchastnika-vstrechi-s-navalnym-bez-navalnogo-oshtrafovali-na-250-tysyach?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">fined 250,000 roubles</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/77-13-777x437 (1).jpeg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>22 October: Members of Krasnodar's public administration stage a counter-protest to block a rally against tree-felling operations in the city. We're not sure why they're wearing bathrobes either. Source: Golos Kubani. </span></span></span>How they treat people in disguise in the Kuban. On the one hand, celebrating <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/20/kubanskie-izdaniya-rasskazali-o-zaprete-prazdnovaniya-hellouina-v-barah-i?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Halloween</a> in bars and restaurants is banned in the region. On the other hand, officials from various government departments in Krasnodar, in order to prevent protests against the felling of trees, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/25/sotrudniki-merii-krasnodara-pereodevshis-v-cvetnye-halaty-ustroili-kontr?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">dressed in bathrobes</a> and, disguised as housewives, went out to welcome the cutting down of trees.</p><p dir="ltr">In Murom a concert by the punk rock group <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/22/v-murome-otmenili-koncert-gruppy-pornofilmy-iz-za-vozmozhnogo-iniciirovaniya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Pornofilmy</a> was banned. Vladimir region FSB stated that “the event is intended to potentially initiate a protest by young people” and the lyrics of the group’s songs “propagandize an asocial way of life and inculcate a lack of trust and hatred towards the government authorities and law enforcement agencies.”</p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p dir="ltr">Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. Find out how you can help us<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en"> here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould<a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown"> here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>P.S. Here are the details of two upcoming trials, if you are able to attend:</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>1 November at 16:00, at Tver district court in Moscow, hearings begin on the merits of the case in the trial of <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/persons/dmitriy-borisov?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Dmitry Borisov</a>, detained during the dispersal of the rally of 26 March. He has been charged with using force against a police officer.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>3 November at 09:30, in Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, a hearing in the case of <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/persons/dmitriy-buchenkov?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Dmitry Buchenkov</a> will be held. He is charged with causing mass unrest and using force against a police officer on Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012, although he was not at the scene.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. 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Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This week, we report on what happened over the weekend of 7-8 October and the aftermath in terms of arrests, fines and jail sentences.</p><p dir="ltr">On 7 October, supporters of Alexey Navalny held events in 79 Russian cities. Jointly with Meduza, we have <a href="https://meduza.io/feature/2017/10/10/7-oktyabrya-protestnaya-karta-gde-i-skolko-lyudey-vyshlo-skolko-zaderzhali">made</a> an interactive map of the protests. According to our data, between 2,560 and 21,520 people took part in the various protests. In total, the number of those detained was 321 in 30 cities; some of the activists were detained before the start of the protests. &nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />The interactive map shows how many people took part in the protests, whether the rallies had official permission or not, how many people were detained, and in addition the various specifics of how each rally was held. You can <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">tell the story of your own detention</a> by using the form on our website (click on the megaphone in the top righthand corner) or add to the information about detentions on the map if we have missed something.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><h2>What’s most important&nbsp;</h2><p dir="ltr">In Moscow, during the protests one person was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/07/v-moskve-zaderzhali-uchastnika-akcii-7-oktyabrya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a>. He was released without charge. An activist was also <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/07/v-moskve-zaderzhan-voditel-mashiny-kotoraya-ezdila-po-tverskoy-s?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">detained</a> driving a car broadcasting a recording of a speech by Navalny on loudspeakers. The activist was charged with violating the regulations governing public events, and then released.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">The more serious events in Moscow began later that night. Some protesters decided to continue the protest on Manezh Square. Altogether that night and the next day (8 October) <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/10/08/zaderzhaniya-na-manezhnoy-ploshchadi-i-u-gosdumy-posle-vserossiyskoy-akcii-7-i-8?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">64 people were detained</a> on Manezh Square and outside the State Duma<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />In St Petersburg, arrests began on the evening of 7 October on <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/07/v-peterburge-na-liteynom-prospekte-nachalis-zaderzhaniya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">Liteiny Prospekt</a>, where the protesters had gone from the Field of Mars. The journalist David Frenkel was beaten (later he was released) and a woman who tried to defend him was badly injured by a blow to the head.</p><p dir="ltr">Altogether there were several waves of detentions of protesters in the centre of St Petersburg. At least 68 people were taken to a minimum of five different police stations. Most of those detained were released before nightfall.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">Late on the evening of 8 October some Navalny supporters went to Palace Square where a total of 20 people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/08/v-peterburge-na-dvorcovoy-ploshchadi-policiya-zaderzhivaet-uchastnikov-akcii?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>. On 9 October courts sentenced some of those detained to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/10/09/sudy-nad-zaderzhannymi-v-sankt-peterburge?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">jail terms</a> ranging from three to 17 days. Kalininsky district court jailed one of those arrested for 32 days. Other protesters were fined or sentenced to community work. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">A <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/08/sk-vozbudil-ugolovnoe-delo-posle-opozdaniya-skoroy-pomoshchi-vo-vremya-akcii?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">criminal investigation</a> was launched following the dispersal of the protests in St. Petersburg when an ambulance was unable to reach a woman, as a result of the numbers of people gathered in the city centre, and she subsequently died.</p><p dir="ltr">In Yaroslavl, on the evening of 7 October police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/07/v-shtaby-navalnogo-v-peterburge-i-yaroslavle-prishla-policiya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrived at the local Navalny campaign headquarters</a>. During the rally itself two people were detained. Other protesters went to the police station to support those detained. The police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/07/v-yaroslavle-zaderzhano-neskolko-desyatkov-storonnikov-navalnogo?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">took them</a> into the station (more than 50 people) and forced them to listen to a talk. Finally, administrative charges were brought against four people for violating the regulations governing public events and for failing to obey the lawful demands of police. They were held in the police station overnight.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />In Ekaterinburg, 14 people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/07/v-ekaterinburge-nachalis-massovye-zaderzhaniya-na-akcii-7-oktyabrya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">arrested</a>. A chokehold was used against one of the protesters, Ruslan Markelov, at the time of his arrest, as a result of which he lost consciousness. The bicycle of another protester was stolen on the square where the rally took place, but the police dismissed this as of no significance.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Еven before the start of the protests, preventive detentions of Navalny campaign staff and activists had taken place in many cities. Detailed accounts of the circumstances in which the protests took place throughout Russia can be read <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/10/10/7-8-oktyabrya-kak-proshli-vyhodnye?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Information about the various court hearings that took place can be read <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/10/09/sudy-nad-uchastnikami-akciy-v-podderzhku-navalnogo-7-i-8-oktyabrya-rossiya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">here</a>. This information is being regularly updated. At the current time, in relation to the protests held on 7 and 8 October throughout Russia, activists have been fined a total of 1,040,000 roubles and sentenced to 166 days in jail and 410 hours of community work.</p><p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, Moscow City Court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/10/11/prigovor-v-25-goda-kolonii-uchastniku-akcii-12-iyunya-rasimu-iskakovu?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">upheld</a> the two-and-a-half-year prison sentence handed down to Rasim Iskakov, a participant in the 12 June anti-corruption protest.</p><p dir="ltr">The whereabouts of film director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced on trumped-up charges of organising acts of terrorism in Crimea, is now known. We have published his <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/stories/2017/10/11/garantiruyut-polyarnuyu-noch-i-severnoe-siyanie?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">letter</a> to Chelyabinsk human rights defenders. Among other things, you can read in his letter about the Northern Lights, the great Russian rivers and about the pros and cons of using the services of prison tour operators.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />A judgment in the case of Dmitry Krepkin, a defendant in the “26 March case,” will soon be issued. We publish <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/articles/2017/10/13/delo-dmitriya-krepkina-minimum-tri-narusheniya?utm_source=rightsinrussia&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=this_week">extracts</a> from the complaints made by his lawyer to the court about the more serious violations in the case.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. Find out how you can help us <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown">here</a>.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-read-on"> <div class="field-label"> 'Read On' Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. 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Source: Left Bloc.</span></span></span>On Saturday, at least 40 people were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/09/23/zaderzhaniya-na-shestvii-antikapitalizm-2017-v-moskve">detained</a> in Moscow at the “Anti-Capitalism 2017” <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/18/meriya-moskvy-ne-soglasovala-marsh-antikapitalizm-2017">march</a> that had been held without official permission. On Monday, court proceedings began against Sergei Udaltsov and other activists of the Other Russia organisation, who had been arrested at the march. Most of the trials were postponed, but Udaltsov was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/25/zaderzhannogo-na-antikapitalizme-2017-sergeya-udalcova-sud-arestoval-na-pyat">sentenced</a> to five days in jail, whereupon he declared a hunger strike.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Also on Saturday: nine Left Bloc activists, who were tried to hold a protest outside elite housing in Moscow’s Barvikha district, were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/23/aktivisty-levogo-bloka-po-prezhnemu-nahodyatsya-v-policii-v-barvihe">detained</a> as they arrived at the nearby commuter train station. On Monday they were tried and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/26/sud-arestoval-zaderzhannyh-v-barvihe-aktivistov-levogo-bloka-na-sroki-ot-3">given sentences</a> ranging from three to 14 days in jail. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />The deputy chair of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Ilmi Umerov, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/27/sud-prigovoril-k-dvum-godam-kolonii-zamglavy-medzhlisa-krymskih-tatar-ilmi">sentenced</a> to two years in a low-security prison colony for calling, live on television, for Crimea to be returned to Ukraine. This was despite the fact that the prosecution had <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/20/dlya-zamestitelya-glavy-medzhlisa-krymskih-tatar-poprosili-uslovnyy-srok">asked</a> for Umerov to be given a suspended sentence. The court considered it necessary to hand down a more severe sentence. Under the same article of the Criminal Code on separatism, Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena was given a 30-month <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/22/zhurnalista-prigovorili-k-dvum-s-polovinoy-godam-uslovno-po-obvineniyu-v">suspended sentence</a> for his article “A Blockade is a Necessary First Step towards the Liberation of Crimea” published on the website <a href="https://ru.krymr.com/">Crimea. Realities</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">The latest news about prosecutions that followed anti-corruption rallies earlier this year is as follows: </p><ul><li>- Dmitry Krepkin, charged in the Case of 26 March, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/28/figuranta-dela-26-marta-dmitriya-krepkina-pereveli-v-drugoy-sizo">moved</a> from one pre-trial detention centre (Vodnik) to another (Butyrka). The first hearing in his case will take place on 13 October at 11:00 in Tver district court. It is possible that the judgment will be issued the same day</li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- Moscow City Court <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/25/mosgorsud-ostavil-v-sile-prigovor-zimovcu-za-akciyu-26-marta">upheld</a> on appeal the conviction of Stanislav Zimovets in connection with the rally of 26 March. He has been sentenced to 30 months in prison</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- In St Petersburg, the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/26/policeyskiy-pozhalovavshiysya-na-napadenie-podrostka-12-iyunya-poteryal">trial</a> began in the case of the minor Dmitry Myakshin, charged with using force against a police officer during the rally held on 12 June. The court heard the testimony of the victim, testimony which is very different from what can be seen on the <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BVP3oMdhKPC/?taken-by=kroliaz">video</a> of the arrest of the young person</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">- The case of the high school student Mikhail Galyashkin, charged with releasing pepper spray at a police officer at the rally of 12 June, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/25/delo-shkolnika-obvinyaemogo-v-raspylenii-gaza-na-akcii-12-iyunya-peredali-v">transferred to the court</a></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr">Across the country, the local campaigning headquarters of Alexey Navalny are trying to obtain permission for him to hold public rallies and meetings, but in many cities permission is being <a href="https://www.leonidvolkov.ru/p/233/">denied</a>. In Krasnoyarsk, his local campaign staff were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/28/krasnoyarskiy-shtab-alekseya-navalnogo-priglasili-na-besedu-v-meriyu">summoned</a> to city hall and shown a written warning that violations of the law were not permitted. Apart from the standard warning about rallies, they were also threatened with criminal prosecution under Article 282 of the Criminal Code. And police colonel Prokopishko came up with a new category of hatred: “political hatred”. Students ofthe Far East State University for the Fishing Industry in Vladivostok have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/22/studentov-vo-vladivostoke-predupredili-o-problemah-iz-za-uchastiya-vo">warned</a> they may face problems if they take part in a meeting with Navalny, and were also threatened with potential prosecution under anti-extremism law.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />OVD-Info member Aleksandr Litoi attended the trial of Dmitry Buchenkov and gave testimony on behalf of the defence. Buchenkov is being tried in the Bolotnaya Square case, despite the fact that on the day in question he was not in Moscow, let alone on Bolotnaya Square. <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/opinions/2017/09/26/etot-sud-ne-mozhet-dlitsya-ni-sekundy-dolshe">This trial must not last a second longer</a>.<br class="kix-line-break" /></p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p dir="ltr">Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. Find out how you can help us <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p><p>For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown">here</a>.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-sidebox"> <div class="field-label"> Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/metal-pipe-for-your-trouble">A metal pipe for your trouble</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:14:10 +0000 OVD-Info 113694 at https://www.opendemocracy.net A metal pipe for your trouble https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/metal-pipe-for-your-trouble <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Russian authorities’ campaign against Alexey Navalny is getting violent.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/DJx6l7IXcAA6s0B.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="259" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>The pipe used to attack Nikolay Lyaskin. Source: <a href=https://twitter.com/nlyaskin>Twitter</a>. </span></span></span>The Russian authorities continue to refuse permission to Alexey Navalny’s election campaign to hold public rallies, and campaign activists are, on occasion, being detained. But sometimes the anti-Navalny campaign gets even more serious: Nikolay Lyaskin, the coordinator of Navalny’s Moscow headquarters, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/15/koordinatora-moskovskogo-shtaba-navalnogo-udarili-metallicheskoy-truboy">attacked</a> this week with a metal pipe. Police are investigating, but rather strangely.</p><p dir="ltr">As a result of a blow to the head, Lyaskin is suffering from <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/15/u-izbitogo-koordinatora-moskovskogo-shtaba-navalnogo-diagnostirovano">concussion</a>. The police quite quickly opened a <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/16/mvd-zavelo-ugolovnoe-delo-posle-napadeniya-na-glavu-moskovskogo-shtaba">criminal investigation</a> into what they classified as “hooliganism”, and several days later <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/19/policiya-soobshchila-o-zaderzhanii-podozrevaemogo-v-napadenii-na-soratnika">announced</a> they had found a suspect. True, he was not shown to Lyaskin immediately. However, a video appeared in which the suspect alleges Lyaskin himself had promised the man money if he attacked him. Lyaskin <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/20/podvergshiysya-napadeniyu-soratnik-navalnogo-zayavil-o-provokacii-v">claims</a> this is a set-up. The day of the face-to-face confrontation with the suspect Lyaskin was kept waiting the whole day in the police station, and before he left they tried to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/21/policeyskie-popytalis-izyat-telefon-glavy-moskovskogo-shtaba-navalnogo">take away his telephone</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">On a positive note, in Kostroma a criminal investigation has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/15/sk-vozbudil-ugolovnoe-delo-o-napadenii-policeyskogo-na-volontera-shtaba">opened</a> into an assault by a police officer on a volunteer from Navalny’s election campaign, while in Makhachkala an investigation into an <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/19/zavedeno-delo-o-napadenii-na-zhurnalistku-vo-vremya-mitinga-12-iyunya">attack on a journalist</a>, who works for the news website Caucasian Knot, during a protest on 12 June, has begun.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/azykov (1).jpg" alt="" title="" width="410" height="260" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Alexander Zykov, a volunteer for Alexey Navalny's campaign in Kostroma, was attacked on 17 August. Image: <a href=https://7x7-journal.ru>7x7</a>. All rights reserved to the author.</span></span></span>The European Court of Human Rights has accepted an <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/09/19/nashi-v-strasburge-espch-prinyal-k-rassmotreniyu-zhaloby-pyati-uchastnikov">application</a> by five prominent Moscow activists, four of whom (including Ildar Dadin) were earlier prosecuted for alleged violations at street protests. The grounds for the applications to the ECHR are the detentions and administrative prosecutions of the activists which formed the basis for their criminal prosecutions in Russia. We <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/09/19/nashi-v-strasburge-espch-prinyal-k-rassmotreniyu-zhaloby-pyati-uchastnikov">set out in detail</a> why the individuals were detained at these protests, and what happened to them after they had been detained. The Russian courts have not treated Ildar Dadin so well: his suit on the conditions of his transfer to the prison colony in Karelia and his detention there was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/19/sud-otklonil-isk-ildara-dadina-ob-etapirovanii-i-soderzhanii-v-kolonii">dismissed</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">An activist of the Artpodgotovka group, Alexey Politikov, has <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/18/obvinyaemyy-po-delu-26-marta-aleksey-politikov-priznal-vinu">pleaded guilty</a> to charges of using force against a police officer during the dispersal of the Moscow demonstration on 26 March. Politikov has agreed to a plea bargain, which means the court will not examine the evidence against him, but will likely offer a reduced sentence. Earlier, three others charged in the same case (<a href="https://ovdinfo.org/persons/yuriy-kuliy">Yury Kuly</a>, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/persons/aleksandr-shpakov">Aleksandr Shpakov</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/persons/andrey-kosyh">Andrey Kosykh</a>) also agreed to plea bargains, but this did not help them avoid terms in prison. Meanwhile, this coming Monday, an appeal by <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/persons/stanislav-zimovec">Stanislav Zimovets</a>, the first to be prosecuted in the 26 March protest case, is to be heard against his sentence. Zimovets, who maintained his innocence of the charges, was sentenced to 18 months in a prison colony.</p><p dir="ltr">In a number of regions the authorities have taken tough measures against local protests. In Chelyabinsk region they are cracking down on members of the environmental movement Stop GOK, which <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/aaron-pelei/chelyabinsk-copper-plant-conflict">campaigns against construction of the Tomino copper processing plant</a>. One of the members of Stop GOK, Gamil Asatullin, is facing criminal charges for attempted arson. Others have been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/17/aktivistov-dvizheniya-stop-gok-zaderzhivayut-i-doprashivayut-po-delu-o">detained and questioned as witnesses</a>. In addition, the authorities banned a rally in Chelyabinsk against construction of the plant, and one of the rally organisers, Boris Zolotarevsky, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/17/v-chelyabinske-zaderzhali-volontera-shtaba-alekseya-navalnogo">detained</a> and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/17/odnogo-iz-organizatorov-ekologicheskogo-mitinga-v-chelyabinske-oshtrafovali">fined</a> 25,000 roubles.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/Iwanttobreathe.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="345" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>''I want to breathe": almost half of Chelyabinsk region’s residents are against a new copper mining project, and the regional authorities are now trying to discredit the movement with a criminal investigation. Source: VK. </span></span></span>In Rostov region, meanwhile, participants in a movement supporting miners from the town of Gukovo, who have not received their pay for many months, are being prosecuted. </p><p dir="ltr">After a rally, police <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/15/policiya-zaderzhala-uchastnikov-akcii-shahterov-v-gukovo">detained</a> two protesters, who had taken part in single-person pickets, and the coordinator of the protest, Tatyana Avacheva. All three were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/15/vseh-troih-zaderzhannyh-na-akcii-shahterov-oshtrafovali">fined</a>. Subsequently, the activist Vasily Dyakonov, who had not even been at the protest, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/19/v-rostovskoy-oblasti-v-organizacii-piketa-obvinili-cheloveka-kotorogo-na-nem">detained</a> and charged with organising the single-person pickets and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/19/aktivista-dvizheniya-shahterov-oshtrafovali-za-pikety-na-kotoryh-ego-ne-bylo%5C">fined</a>. Dyakonov is currently under investigation for allegedly threatening to kill someone, and a court has banned him from taking part in public events and placed restrictions on his movements.</p><h2>Thank you!</h2><p dir="ltr">Our thanks to everyone who continues to support our work. Find out how you can help us <a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">For more information on OVD-Info, read this article from the organisation's founder on how OVD is breaking the civil society mould <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/grigory-okhotin/crowdfunding-to-bypass-russia-s-civil-society-crackdown">here</a>.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-sidebox"> <div class="field-label"> Sidebox:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://ovdinfo.org/"><img src="https://ovdinfo.org/sites/all/themes/ovdinfo/img/logo-ovdinfo.png" alt="" width="100%" /></a></p><p>OVD-Info is a crowdfunded organisation. Find out how you can help them&nbsp;<a href="https://donate.ovdinfo.org/en">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-s-gubernatorial-elections-marred-by-political-pressure">Russia’s gubernatorial elections marred by political pressure</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> oD Russia oD Russia OVD-Info Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:57:58 +0000 OVD-Info 113568 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Russia’s gubernatorial elections marred by political pressure https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/russia-s-gubernatorial-elections-marred-by-political-pressure <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Seventeen Russian regions went to the polls this week. Activists and politicians have, however, been met with significant pressure and restrictions at polling stations.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/azykov.jpg" alt="" title="" width="410" height="260" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Alexander Zykov, a volunteer for Alexey Navalny's campaign in Kostroma, was attacked on 17 August. Image: <a href=7x7-journal.ru>7x7</a>. All rights reserved to the author.</span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We continue our partnership with <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/ovdinfo.org">OVD-Info</a>, an NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This week’s <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ivan-davydov/elections-that-werent">municipal and gubernatorial elections</a> have been the most important event of recent days, and they didn’t pass without more political harassment from the Russian authorities.</p><p dir="ltr">In this <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/news/2017/09/10/presledovaniya-v-edinyy-den-golosovaniya-10-sentyabrya-2017-goda">text</a> we have collected all the “routine” examples of harassment that occurred last Sunday, during Russia’s gubernatorial elections. These include denying access to the media, refusing to allow observers into polling stations, restricting movement and filming, and people being forced to vote. The source for most of this information has been the hotline for complaints, which has a handy Russian-language map <a href="https://www.kartanarusheniy.org">here</a>. </p><p>But there were also more serious incidents. For example, in Moscow, someone <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/10/v-moskve-prokololi-shiny-avtomobilya-chlenov-mobilnoy-yuridicheskoy-gruppy">slashed</a> the tyres of a car belonging to a group of lawyer-activists. In Kaliningrad, a member of the election commission was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/10/v-kaliningrade-na-vyborah-chlenu-komissii-zapreshchali-vesti-semku-i">threatened</a> with having their trousers removed and being beaten up, while in Chita one of the candidates for the city legislative assembly was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/10/v-chite-policiya-zaderzhala-kandidata-v-deputaty-gordumy">detained</a> in the polling station itself.</p><p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/timiriazevskij-vybory.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="345" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Timiryazevsky district polling station, Moscow. Image: Yulia Galyamina. </span></span></span>In the past week, one of the highest profile political prosecutions in Crimea, the 26 February Case, concluded with the <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/11/zampreda-medzhlisa-ahtema-chiygoza-prigovorili-k-vosmi-godam-zaklyucheniya">sentencing</a> of the deputy chair of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Akhtem Chiygoz, to eight years in prison on charges of organising a riot. The prosecution against Chiygoz is based on <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/dmitry-okrest/uncertain-future-of-crimean-tatars">clashes between supporters and opponents</a> of the Euromaidan on 26 February 2014. All the defendants in the case are Crimean Tatars, that is to say representatives of one of the sides of the conflict — the side loyal to the new Ukrainian authorities. The trials of five other people, also charged with taking part in riot, continue.</p><p dir="ltr">Tatiana Kotlyar, a human rights defender from Kaluga, has been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/12/pravozashchitnicu-tatyanu-kotlyar-priznali-vinovnoy-v-fiktivnoy-registracii">found guilty</a> of registering refugees at her apartment on false grounds. The court sentenced Kotlyar to a fine of 150,000 roubles (£1.900), though she will not have to pay it due to the statute of limitation expiring.</p><p dir="ltr">In Chelyabinsk, local police have <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/12/protiv-aktivista-stop-gok-i-sopredsedatelya-parnasa-v-chelyabinske-zaveli">opened a criminal case</a> against Gamil Asatullin, an activist of the <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/editors-of-opendemocracy-russia-andrei-talevlin/stop-gok-how-residents-of-chelyabinsk-are-">Stop GOK movement</a> which seeks to halt the development of the Tominsk copper processing plant. Asatullin is accused of attempting to set fire to the plant. His supporters believe he has been framed. During one of the interrogation sessions, officers of the Anti-Extremism Centre used threats to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/14/sotrudniki-centra-e-ugrozami-vynudili-ekoaktivista-otkazatsya-ot-advokata">force</a> Asatullin to refuse legal counsel and to testify against one of the leaders of the Stop GOK movement, Vasily Moskovets. Asatullin testified that Moskovets allegedly initiated the arson attempt.</p><p dir="ltr"><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/555493/thumb_uploads_images_blogpost_3909_ac37fea7858c6395f04e879ff558b785_.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="367" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Gamil Asatullin at a solitary picket in Chelyabinsk, where he's been involved in <a href=https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/editors-of-opendemocracy-russia-andrei-talevlin/stop-gok-how-residents-of-chelyabinsk-are->protests against plans for a new copper processing plant</a>. Image: <a href=activatica.org>Activatica</a>. </span></span></span>In Crimea, Renat Paralamov, a resident of the village of Nizhnegorsky, was detained and for several days thereafter his family and friends did not know where he was. When he was released and contacted relatives, it turned out that he had been <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/14/v-krymu-byl-zaderzhan-i-izbit-organizator-religioznyh-meropriyatiy">brutally beaten</a> and he was taken to hospital. It remains unknown why Paralamov was detained. In the village where he lives, he organises festivals and religious events. When his home was searched, the authorities seized a book and a laptop. At the time relatives and lawyers were searching for him, the police stated that Paralamov was “voluntarily with the FSB”.</p><p dir="ltr">The persecution of Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov for his political views has not ended on his release from prison. He has been summoned to the Investigative Committee and <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/08/sk-doprosil-sergeya-udalcova-ob-akcii-protesta-na-bolotnoy-ploshchadi">interrogated</a> about the events that took place on Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012. The investigators wanted to obtain testimony from him about the organisers of the protest, but Udaltsov refused to answer their questions. A few days later, the politician was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/13/v-moskve-zaderzhali-zoozashchitnikov-i-vystupavshih-v-podderzhku-zhurnalista">detained</a> near &nbsp;the State Duma building where he was holding a single-person picket demanding a wide amnesty for prisoners. Along with Udaltsov, the police at the time detained three other people protesting variously against the cruel treatment of animals and the detention of journalist Ali Feruz, who is <a href="https://opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ovd-info/deportations-harassment-beatings-this-week-s-challenges-for-russian-civil-society">threatened with deportation</a> from Russia. Soon all four protesters were released from the police station without charges being laid.</p><p dir="ltr">In Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Oleg Pankov, the former coordinator of Alexey Navalny’s election campaign and a deputy in the city’s legislative assembly, was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/09/v-komsomolske-na-amure-byvshego-koordinatora-shtaba-navalnogo-arestovali-na">jailed</a> for 25 days. The grounds for jailing Pankov were that, when distributing leaflets during a picket, in the view of officials from the city administration he moved too far from the specified location of the protest.</p><p dir="ltr">Meanwhile in Moscow, Aleksandra Sokolova was <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/12/na-eshche-ne-nachavsheysya-vstreche-s-navalnym-zaderzhali-devushku-s">detained</a> as she walked to a meeting with Alexey Navalny holding a balloon in her hands. She was arrested on the grounds that the balloon, on which were printed the words “Navalny 2018,” constituted electoral campaigning. She was thrown into a police van, and the officers twisted her arms as they took away her telephone. In the police station the police merely checked her documents and released her without charge.</p><p dir="ltr">In St Petersburg, 130 participants in a protest in support of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar were <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/10/v-peterburge-zaderzhali-130-uchastnikov-akcii-v-podderzhku-musulman">detained</a>. A number of those detained were charged with petty hooliganism, others were charged with violating the rules regulating the presence of foreigners in Russia. One person was charged with having avoided a penalty imposed under administrative law. In Crimea, the authorities refused to <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/13/v-krymu-ne-soglasovali-miting-v-podderzhku-musulman">permit</a> a rally in support of Muslims in Myanmar.</p><p dir="ltr">Yulia Latynina, a prominent journalist, <a href="https://ovdinfo.org/express-news/2017/09/09/zhurnalistka-yuliya-latynina-pokinula-rossiyu">has left Russia</a>. 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