News of the Day: 10 August 2021

RFE/RL: A court in Moscow has sentenced a man to 18 months in prison for allegedly attacking a police officer during a January rally in support of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny.

The Moscow Times: A young Russian activist has been jailed for mooning a Moscow police station in solidarity with a fellow activist who was also jailed for a similar photo op, media reported Tuesday.

The Moscow Times: Russia has added a popular YouTuber and comic to its list of “terrorists and extremists” ahead of his criminal trial over a song that mocked the deadly 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis.

RFE/RL: A court in Moscow has dropped a libel lawsuit filed by Aleksei Navalny against Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov over comments he made linking U.S. spies with the jailed opposition politician.

RFE/RL: Russia has opened a criminal investigation into two exiled allies of jailed Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny for raising funds for organizations deemed by the authorities as “extremist.”

RFE/RL: An opposition politician in Russia’s Republic of Bashkortostan in the Volga region says he has been denied registration for next month’s elections to the parliament’s lower chamber, the State Duma.

Human Rights in Ukraine: A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in occupied Crimea has upheld the appalling 6.5-year sentence passed on Viktor Stashevsky. The news comes a week after the FSB in occupied Yalta launched new criminal proceedings against two Jehovah’s Witnesses, including Darya Kuzio, whose husband, Taras Kuzio was arrested in March this year. The three, and many other believers, face imprisonment, essentially for praying and sharing their faith with others.

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