News of the Week

Week-ending 17 May 2024

Russia’s War against Ukraine

Ukraine accused Russia of detaining and killing civilians. (The Moscow Times, 16/5/24)

Russian authorities are to seize the Russia-based assets of a vodka producer whose Ukrainian founder was accused of funding Kyiv’s armed forces. (The Moscow Times, 15/5/24)

A Ukrainian student arrested multiple times for anti-war social media posts has been expelled from Moscow State University. (The Moscow Times, 14/5/24)

Russian authorities added 17-year-old anti-war activist Yegor Balazeikin to the country’s list of terrorists and extremists. (RFE/RL, 16/5/24)

A court sentenced Novosibirsk resident Dmitry Gurulyov to 12 years in prison on charges of attempted sabotage and links with the Freedom of Russia legion (RFE/RL, 14/5/24)

Freedom of expression

Russia’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by jailed Vladimir Kara-Murza against his conviction and 25-year sentence. (RFE/RL, 14/5/24)

Rosfinmonitoring  added journalist Nadezhda Kevorkova, on remand on charges of “justifying terrorism”, to its list of “terrorists and extremists.” (The Moscow Times, 13/5/24)

Russian authorities labeled SOTA as “undesirable,”. (The Moscow Times, 16/5/24)

Memorial recognized four Russian journalists – Olga Komleva, Antonina Favorskaya, Konstantin Gabov and Sergei Karelin – as political prisoners. (RFE/RL, 15/5/24)

A Moscow court issued an arrest warrant for Zalina Marshenkulova, an activist journalist in exile, on a charge of justifying terrorism. (RFE/RL, 17/5/24)

Right of association

Lilia Chanysheva, jailed former regional coordinator of Navalny’s political network in Bashkortostan, asked President Putin to pardon her. (The Moscow Times, 13/5/24)

Memorial says Sergei Konoplyanko, father of Konstantin Konoplyanko, a member of the group living abroad, was detained in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 13/5/24)

The Russian government approved a bill allowing any foreign organization, including those established by a government, to be labelled an “undesirable organization.” (RFE/RL, 13/5/24)

A court reduced Lia Milushkina’s the 10 1/2 year prison term given to the former head of the banned Open Russia group, to 18 months of “correctional work.”  (RFE/RL, 16/5/24)

Other news

Aleksei Navalny was posthumously awarded the Dresden Peace Prize. (RFE/RL, 12/5/24)

Rapper Nikolai Vasilyev has fled Russia. (RFE/RL, 14/5/24)

Police detained activist Olga Suvorova in Krasnoyarsk and took her to a psychiatric clinic against her will for unknown reasons. (RFE/RL, 16/5/24)

Aleksandr Sungurov, professor at the Higher School of Economics, fled Russia after film director Nikita Mikhalkov accused him of anti-Russian activities. (RFE/RL, 17/5/24)

Russian prosecutors filed an unspecified lawsuit against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his one-time business partner Platon Lebedev. (The Moscow Times, 16/5/24)

Liya Zaurbekova, a woman who previously said she fled domestic violence in her native republic of Chechnya, has left Russia. (The Moscow Times, 17/5/24)

Police in Leningrad region detained Belarusian physician Uladzimer Martau, wanted in Minsk on extremism charges. (RFE/RL, 15/5/24)

A Moscow court extended the pretrial detention of four Tajik nationals suspected of carrying out the terrorist attack on Crocus City Hall. (RFE/RL, 16/5/24)