News of the Week

Week-ending 15 March 2024

Russia’s war on Ukraine

In Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion, a total of 535 children have been killed and 1,255 sustained injuries. (Ukrinform, 14/3/24)

Russia’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Ukrainian human rights defender Maksym Butkevych against a 13-year prison term.(RFE/RL, 13/3/24)

Russian authorities have pressed criminal charges against journalist Mikhail Zygar for “fake news” about the military. (The Moscow Times, 13/3/24)

The Moscow City Court on March 11 canceled the verdict and eight-and-a-half-year sentence of Pyotr Verzilov, former publisher of Mediazona currently serving in the Ukrainian armed forces, citing procedural violations, and sent the case back for retrial. (RFE/RL, 11/3/24)

Aleksei Gorinov, serving a seven-year prison term for opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, said he is being tortured. Amnesty International called for his immediate release. (RFE/RL, 14/3/24; AI, 13/3/24)

Imprisoned human rights defender Oleg Orlov was offered exoneration if he agreed to join Russia’s war effort in Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 15/3/24)

Ukraine won its first Oscar for best documentary with “20 Days in Mariupol,” directed by Mstyslav Chernov. (The Moscow Times, 11/3/24)

The international Red Cross movement is under pressure to take action against the Russian Red Cross (RRC) over close links between the group and the Kremlin’s war and propaganda machine. The Guardian, 12/3/24)

Police detained Crimean Tatar activist Edem Dudakov on unspecified charges after searching his house on March 13. (RFE/RL, 13/3/24)

Aleksei Navalny

Lithuania blamed Moscow for the bloody hammer attack on a longtime aide to the late Alexei Navalny outside his home in Vilnius. (The Guardian, 13/3/24; The Moscow Times, 14/3/24; RFE/RL, 14/3/24)

Alina Olekhnovich, 21, and Ivan Trofimov, 22, members of Aleksei Navalny’s team, were both sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on extremism charges. (RFE/RL, 14/3/24)

‘Foreign agent’ law

President Putin on Monday signed into law a bill that bans advertisers from working with “foreign agents.” (The Moscow Times, 11/3/24)

‘Elections’

Managers at the Astrakhan Natural-Gas-Processing Plant have handed workers instructions on how to vote. (RFE/RL, 11/3/24)

A court in Vladivostok sentenced three volunteers of Nadezhdin’s election campaign to several days in jail. (RFE/RL, 15/3/24)

Moscow authorities have threatened to criminally prosecute those who take part in election-day rallies aimed at expressing opposition to President Vladimir Putin. (The Moscow Times, 14/3/24)

Vladimir Kara-Murza said from prison that Putin’s rule is based “exclusively on fear and apathy” and will collapse in the “foreseeable future.” (RFE/RL, 11/3/24)

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