News of the Week

Week-ending 26 April 2024

Russia’s War against Ukraine

President Biden signed a delayed military aid package after it was approved by the House of Representatives and passed by the Senate. (RFE/RL, 24/4/24; The Guardian, 21/4/24)

Yury Kokhovets, a Moscow resident, has been sentenced to five years of correctional labor on charges linked to a street interview he gave to the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) news outlet. (The Moscow Times, RFE/RL, 22/4/24)

Russia’s Izvestia newspaper said Semyon Eremin, a military correspondents, was killed in a Ukrainian drone attack in Zaporizhzhia. (The Moscow Times, 20/4/24)

A Russian court on April 24 rejected an appeal filed by anti-war activist Svetlana Marina against a “forced labor” sentence she was handed last month on a charge of discrediting the Russian armed forces. (RFE/RL, 24/4/24)

Lyubov Lizunova, a teenager from Chita, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for anti-war graffiti and social media posts, a Russian court said Thursday. (The Moscow Times, 25/4/24)

A Moscow court fined Anastasia Ivleyeva, organizer of a Moscow party sparking a scandal, 50,000 rubles ($535) on a charge of discrediting Russia’s armed forces. (RFE/RL, 25/4/24)

Sergei Mingazov, a journalist from the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, was arrested for social media reposts about the atrocities in Bucha,. (The Moscow Times, 26/4/24)

North Caucasus

The Interior Ministry in Karachai-Cherkessia said on April 22 that unknown attackers opened fire on a police patrol, killing two officers and wounding another one.  (RFE/RL, 22/4/24)

Aleksei Navalny

Dmitry Safronov, a Russian priest who presided over a memorial for Alexei Navalny, has been suspended from leading services and ordered to serve three years of “penance”, as persecution of people associated with Navalny has continued even after his death. (The Guardian, 24/4/24)

Freedom of expression

The American journalist Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested over a year ago in Russia, will remain in jail for at least two more months after a Moscow court rejected his appeal against his detention. (The Guardian, 24/4/24)

Police are carrying out searches at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Russian media reported Friday. (The Moscow Times, 26/4/24)

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor said on April 22 that it has “restricted access” to the website of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) group, which monitors the rights of journalists around the world. (RFE/RL, 22/4/24)

A court in Komi region issued an arrest warrant for Garry Kasparov, co-founder of the Free Russia Forum, on a charge of creating and leading a “terrorist” group. (RFE/RL, 25/4/24)

European lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for the “immediate and unconditional release” of all political prisoners held in Russia, including journalists Alsu Kurmasheva and Evan Gershkovich. The resolution was part of a joint motion condemning Russia’s “undemocratic” presidential elections last month and their “illegitimate extension” to territories inside Ukraine that Moscow has illegally annexed. (RFE/RL, 25/4/24)