News of the Week

Week-ending 5 July 2024

Russia’s War against Ukraine

Russian mortality statistics show the number of Russian troops killed since February 2022 likely exceed 71,000, according to a new report. (RFE/RL, 28/6/24)

A military court sentenced Ukrainian journalist Dimtry Gordon in absentia to 14 years imprisonment for making public calls to kill President Putin. (The Moscow Times, 1/7/24)

A Russian court sentenced a resident of Ukraine’s occupied Crimean Peninsula on July 3 to 16 years in prison after being charged with preparing a detonation. (RFE/RL, 3/7/24)

A military court in Moscow sentenced three sons of Orthodox priest Igor Ashcheulov on July 3 to lengthy prison terms for their intention to join Ukrainian armed forces. (RFE/RL, 3/7/24)

A St. Petersburg court of appeals extended the three-year prison term of documentary director Vsevolod Korolyov, known for his anti-war stance, to seven years. (RFE/RL, 3/7/24)

Stepan Zimin has been jailed and fined for violating wartime censorship laws with his tattoo of the phrase “Russian warship, go f**k yourself.” (The Moscow Times, 3/7/24)

A bill introduced to the State Duma outlining a formal ban against unauthorized foreign travel for Russian senators and deputies has been passed. (The Moscow Times, 4/7/24)

Russian lawmakers voted to suspend Moscow’s participation in the OSCE parliamentary assembly, branding it anti-Russian and discriminatory. (The Moscow Times, 3/7/24)

Other news

UN human rights experts say Russia violated international law by imprisoning Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and should release him “immediately.” (RFE/RL, 2/7/24)

A UN body condemned a series of incidents of what it said was Russian interference in the satellite systems of European countries. (RFE/RL, 1/7/24)

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Aleksei Navalny, has been elected to head the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), the foundation said on its website. (RFE/RL, 1/7/24)

A court in Pskov fined Denis Kamalyagin, editor in chief of Pskovskaya guberniya, for purportedly failing to comply with the “foreign agent” law. (RFE/RL, 1/7/24)

Moscow City Court sentenced two Kazakhs Aleksandr Abram and Eduard Burdilov to 13 years in prison for railway sabotage. (RFE/RL, 1//7/24)

Gay Dagestani blogger Matvey Volodin has fled Russia after getting caught in the local police force’s entrapment scheme. (The Moscow Times, 1/7/24)

A court in St. Petersburg labeled Aleksandr Nevzorov, and his wife, Lidia, an “extremist group” and ordered their property confiscated. (RFE/RL, 2/7/24)

U.S. citizen Robert Woodland was given 12.5 years for drug trafficking. (RFE/RL, 4/7/24)

A Moscow court extended the pretrial detention of French national Laurent Vinatier on a charge of illegally obtaining information about the Russian military. (RFE/RL, 4/7/24)

At least two VPN services said Thursday that Russian authorities have successfully forced Apple to delete their applications from its App Store in Russia. (The Moscow Times, 4/7/24)

Authorities in Tyva and Sakha (Yakutia)  declared states of emergency due to summer wildfires raging across the regions. (The Moscow Times, 1/7/24)

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