News of the Week

Week-ending 28 June 2024

Russia’s War against Ukraine

The ICC issued arrest warrants for ex-defence minister Sergei Shoigu and chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov for alleged war crimes in Ukraine. (The Guardian, 25/6/24)

The ECtHR ruled Russia committed rights violations in Crimea. (RFE/RL, 25/6/24)

A military court sentenced Ukrainian citizen Kristina Lyubashenko to 12 years in prison for releasing blue-white-blue balloons over Moscow last year. (The Moscow Times, 22/6/24)

A military court in St. Petersburg sentenced Elena Komaricheva to 10 years in prison for throwing a molotov cocktail at a military recruitment office. (The Moscow Times, 21/6/24)

A court in St. Petersburg rejected an appeal by Soviet-era dissident Aleksandr Skobov against his pretrial arrest on a charge of justifying of terrorism. (RFE/RL, 26/6/24)

The FSB falsified evidence against 15-year-old schoolboy Arseniy Turbin jailed last week on terrorism charges, Mediazona reported. (The Moscow Times, 27/6/24)

A military court sentenced ex-Justice Ministry official Maria Mamedova who condemned Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine to 14 years in prison in absentia. (RFE/RL, 27/6/24)

A court issued an arrest warrant for journalist Farida Kurbangaleyeva on charges of justifying terrorism and the distribution of fake news about Russia’s military. (RFE/RL, 27/6/24)

Other cases

Russia’s authorities are systematically denying arbitrarily imprisoned government critics contact with their families. (Amnesty International, 26/6/24)

The Prosecutor-General’s Office has demanded the Investigative Committee open criminal cases against three women on the “foreign agent” register. (RFE/RL, 22/6/24)

Konstantin Starchukov was given four years in prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail at Lenin’s Mausoleum. (RFE/RL, 24/6/24)

Fayil Alsynov was beaten while serving a prison sentence. (The Moscow Times, 24/6/24)

An arrest warrant was issued for Akhmed Zakayev on terrorism charges. (RFE/RL, 25/6/24)

Yulia Alyoshina, Russia’s first transgender politician, says she was threatened with being confined to a psychiatric clinic if she continued to be a woman. (RFE/RL, 25/6/24)

Afghan journalist and feminist activist Kobra Hassani returned to Afghanistan. Her asylum request was rejected. (The Moscow Times, 26/6/24)

A closed-door trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich on spying charges has begun. (The Guardian, 26/6/24; Human Rights Watch, 25/6/24))

Rosfinmonitoring added journalist Artyom Kriger, arrested on charges related to Alexei Navalny, to its list of “terrorists and extremists.” (The Moscow Times, 27/6/24)

Media freedom groups called on President Biden to press for the recognition of RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva as a “wrongfully detained” person. (RFE/RL, 27/6/24)

U.S. citizen Robert Gilman, jailed for kicking a police officer, is facing new charges of allegedly punching prison guards and an investigator. (The Mosow Times, 28/6/24)

North Caucasus

At least 20 people were killed in attacks by gunmen in Daghestan. (RFE/RL, 24/6/24)

Сhechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said law enforcement and security officials should kill the family members of suspected Islamic militants. (The Moscow Times, 27/6/24)

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