Rights in Russia week-ending 10 September 2021

Our round-up of the week’s news

Other news:

5 September 2021

The Moscow Times: Russia on Sunday reported 18,645 new coronavirus cases and 793 deaths.

6 September 2021

The Moscow Times: Russia has banned Tajik-born opposition activist Saidanvar Sulaimonov from the country for 40 years in what he calls retaliation for his work on Kremlin critic Andrei Pivovarov’s campaign for this fall’s parliamentary election. 

Civil Rights Defenders: On 31 August 2021, the European Court of Human Rights issued a long-awaited judgement in the case of Chechen human rights defender Natalia Estemirova who was murdered in July 2009. The Court ruled that the Russian Federation violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to carry out an effective investigation into her murder.  

The Guardian: The families of 298 people killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 have demanded justice from Russia as they testified in the Dutch trial of four suspects.

7 September 2021

The Moscow Times: Russia on Monday reported 17,856 new coronavirus cases and 790 deaths.

RFE/RL: An outspoken critic of Ramzan Kadyrov, the authoritarian leader of Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya, says his relatives are being pressured in Russia because of his activities.

RFE/RL: Newly released, previously classified documents from the U.S. Justice Department shed further light on how FBI agents and U.S. government scientists rushed, and struggled, to pinpoint the cause of the two mysterious illnesses that nearly killed Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza.

9 September 2021

The Moscow Times: Russia on Thursday reported 18,380 new coronavirus cases and 794 deaths.

10 September 2021

The Moscow Times: Veteran Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been sentenced to one year of “restricted freedom” for promoting January protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the Apologia of Protest legal aid group reported Friday.  

The Moscow Times: A Russian court has sentenced a self-described anarchist couple to prison for hanging a banner likening the country’s security services to terrorists, human rights activist and lawyer Pavel Chikov tweeted Friday.  

The Moscow Times: Russia’s parliamentary elections next week are set to be some of the least competitive in years after a number of independent and opposition candidates were barred from running.

The Moscow Times: Russia said Friday that its counter-terror forces had killed two militants and discovered a cache of weapons during a raid in the volatile region of Dagestan in the North Caucasus.

RFE/RL: Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by would-be State Duma candidate and businessman Dmitry Potapenko against his removal as a candidate for allegedly owning “foreign financial instruments.”

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