News of the Day: 13 October 2021

The Moscow Times: Russia on Wednesday reported 28,717 new coronavirus cases and 984 deaths from Covid-19, a new record number of daily fatalities.

The Moscow Times: Russia’s Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from prominent gulag historian Yury Dmitriyev, who has been jailed twice on charges of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, the court said Tuesday. Dmitriyev, 65, is currently serving 13 years in prison following a prosecution that critics say is politically motivated and based on fabricated evidence. Dmitriyev denies the charges against him. The historian is lauded for his work uncovering mass graves and identifying thousands of victims of Soviet repressions in northwestern Russia’s Karelia region.

RFE/RL: Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of gulag historian Yury Dmitriyev, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing his foster daughter. The decision was announced on the court’s website.

The Moscow Times: President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Russian newspaper editor Dmitry Muratov would not “shield” him from being branded a “foreign agent” if he breaks the law.

The Moscow Times: A teacher in a prestigious St. Petersburg school has been forced to resign after the administration and the students’ parents found out about her adult sex education blog, media reported this week. The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory’s special music school deemed it “inappropriate” for biology teacher Olga Shchegoleva to run the blog outside work hours, according to the Fontanka news website.

Human Rights in Ukraine: Russia certainly gives ‘Federal Security Service’ [FSB] officers an easy life in occupied Crimea.  As long as they provide enough Ukrainian ‘spies’, ‘saboteurs’ and ‘terrorisms’, no questions get asked about the methods used to obtain the false testimony and / or ‘confessions’ on which such cases hinge.  And when something ‘goes wrong’, and a victim finds the courage to stand up in court and retract his testimony, the FSB are free to teach him – and others – a chilling lesson. 

The Guardian: Russia’s natural population has undergone its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, according to an analysis of official government statistics made by a prominent independent demographer, as the country battles a deadly fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Moscow Times: Five million people have left Russia during the 20 years of President Vladimir Putin’s rule, according to a study published by the Moscow-based Takie Dela portal.  The study used official data from Rosstat, the state statistics service, of Russian citizens who canceled their registrations in Russia. But the study notes that there are no reliable data to determine the exact number of Russian emigrants. 

RFE/RL: On a recent Sunday, two dozen political activists, lawyers, and investigative journalists gathered beside Lake Bateti, a beautiful expanse of turquoise water in the heart of the mountainous nation of Georgia. They had left Russia facing harassment and possible prison time for their work. Now, shaded by evergreen conifers reflected in the lake’s surface, many sought community among other exiles and forged ties that would help acclimatize them to an unplanned life abroad.

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