News of the Week

Week-ending 5 January 2024

Russia’s War on Ukraine

Moscow said its military accidentally bombed a village in the southern Voronezh region on 2 January during a massive Russian attack on Ukraine.  (RFE/RL, 2/1/24)

UN human rights chief Volker Turk called on 2 January for an immediate de-escalation of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine0 as his office voiced alarm at the intensification of attacks.  (RFE/RL, 3/1/24)

The UN’s nuclear watchdog said on 3 January its experts had been blocked for the first time from inspecting the reactor halls of three units of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya power plant. (RFE/RL, 3/2/24; The Moscow Times, 5/1/24)

On 27 December human rights defender Oleg Orlov was summoned for questioning in the context of a renewed investigation into the alleged offence by the human rights defender, namely “public actions aimed at discrediting the use of Russian Federation armed forces to protect the interests of the Russian Federation.” (Front Line Defenders, 2/1/24)

Russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation into “war fakes” against Polat Dzhamalov, head of a Kazakh diaspora in Moscow, Vyorstka reported Wednesday. (The Moscow Times, 3/1/24)

Putin

Mediazona said in a report on 2 January that according to its research based on data from Russia’s official publications website, 49.5 percent of the 997 decrees Putin signed were done in secret. (RFE/RL, 2/1/24)

‘Elections’

Russia’s Central Election Commission has registered two candidates to run against Vladimir Putin in a presidential election in March. The commission on January 5 approved Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, and Vladislav Davankov, the vice-speaker of the State Duma, as candidates in the March 17 vote. (RFE/RL, 5/1/24)

Navalny

In a post on Telegram on 31 December Navalny said he misses his family. He added, though, that “I do not feel alone, abandoned, or isolated.” (RFE/RL, 1/1/24)

Lawyers

On 26 December 2023, the Council of the Tyumen Regional Bar Association scheduled a disciplinary hearing against human rights defender and lawyer Aleksey Ladin which is due to take place on 24 January 2024. (Front Line Defenders, 2/1/24

Chechnya

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has called for the prosecution of wanted fugitives’ family members, according to the opposition group 1Adat, remarks he made during a meeting with officials on New Year’s Eve. (The Moscow Times, 3/1/24)

Migrant workers

Around 3,000 migrants were detained in St. Petersburg on New Year’s Eve as part of a series of mass detentions across Russia, local media reported on January 2. (RFE/RL, 2/1/24)

Stalin

More than 100 monuments to Stalin can now be found across Russia, the majority of them erected over President Vladimir Putin’s 24 years in power. (RFE/RL, 1/1/24)

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