News of the Day: 3 August 2021

The Moscow Times: Russian opposition figure Lyubov Sobol has been sentenced to 1.5 years of restricted freedom over her role in this January’s mass protests that called for the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, her lawyer said.

CPJ: Russian authorities should remove The Insider and all other media organizations and journalists from the country’s register of foreign agents and stop harassing the outlet’s editor-in-chief Roman Dobrokhotov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

RFE/RL: Russian opposition politician Lev Shlosberg of the Yabloko party and his colleague Nikolai Kuzmin have been barred from running in upcoming elections for the Pskov regional parliament.

The Moscow Times: A Russian same-sex family who received death threats after their appearance in an organic retailer’s since-deleted promotional material said they have fled the country.

RFE/RL: A court in the Republic of Chuvashia in Russia’s Volga region has fined an RFE/RL correspondent in a case in which she was previously acquitted.

RFE/RL: Forty percent of Russians consider the country’s controversial “foreign agents” law a tool for authorities to pressure nongovernmental organizations, according to new research by the Levada Center, a Moscow-based pollster. The figure represents a 10 percent rise on last year’s public skepticism of the legislation.

The Moscow Times: Russian women will be able to get jobs servicing aircraft for the first time in decades starting next year, according to a Labor Ministry order published Tuesday. The Soviet Union first introduced the list of banned jobs in the 1970s to protect women’s safety and reproductive health. The list persisted into modern-day Russia despite technological improvements automating many of the physically demanding aspects of these jobs.

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