Weekly Update week-ending 24 January 2020

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‘Judges called upon to consider complaints against acts of the President and “the entire royal host” will find themselves in an awkward position, to put it mildly; the seal over their heads is being replaced by a sword of Damocles.’   
 – Sergei Pashin considers the constitutional changes proposed by President Putin. Translated by Marian Schwartz

‘[…] backing the country into a corner and drawing a new iron curtain around it will not work now. I’m sure it can’t go on for long. That’s why I call myself a historical optimist.’   – Co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Vyacheslav Bakhmin in an interview with Siberia.Realities looks back at his time as a prisoner of conscience and at the current state of human rights in post-Soviet Russia. Translated by Mary McAuley, Nina dePalma, Nathalie Wilson, Nicky Brown and Joanne Reynolds.

‘We note with great regret that elections, at least in the last decade and a half, have not been fulfilling the role assigned to them by the Constitution – to be the highest direct expression of the power of the people – and have not met international democratic standards.’   – A number of human rights defenders and other public figures have issued a statement calling for the Duma 2021 elections to meet international standards. Translated by Anna Bowles, James Lofthouse and Mark Nuckols.

‘Two of those convicted in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case have been released from prison. Nuri Primov and Rustem Vaitov, from Sevastopol, were both convicted in 2016 in a case against the regional branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Both have now been released. […] At the same time in Samara, two defendants in the so-called “fifth” Hizb ut-Tahrir case in Tatarstan have been sentenced to twelve years in prison.’  – OVD-Info’s Weekly Bulletin reports that two jailed members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been released while two more have been sentenced to terms in prison. Translated by Judith Fagelson.

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