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Russia: Sakharov Prize 2019: the nominees

September 19, 2019

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Find out about this year’s nominees for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

 

The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. In 2018 the prize was awarded to Oleg Sentsov.
Nominations for the Sakharov Prize can be made by political groups and/or groups of at least 40 MEPs.
The nominations for the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are:

Name Nominated by
Alexei Navalny EPP
Marielle Franco; Claudelice Silva dos Santos; Chief Raoni S&D and GUE
Ilham Tohti Renew Europe. Supported by Phillip Bennion, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Reinhard Bütikofer and 58 other MEPs
Jean Wyllys; Marielle Franco Greens/EFA. This nomination has also been supported by Terry Reintke, Tanja Fajon and 43 other MEPs
The Restorers ECR

Alexei Navalny, a Russian lawyer and political activist. In 2011, he was arrested for the first time for his role in a rally outside the State Duma. He finished second in the 2013 Moscow mayoral election. In 2017, he published a report attacking political corruption and criticising Vladimir Putin and his political allies. This sparked anti-corruption rallies in many Russian cities, which led to the arrest of more than 1,000 demonstrators, including Navalny’s. The authorities prevented him from running in the 2018 presidential elections. Navalny was jailed three times in 2018 and 2019 for violating Russia’s strict protest laws.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/eu-affairs/20190912STO60947/sakharov-prize-2019-the-nominees

https://www.france24.com/en/20191021-putin-removes-critical-voices-from-his-rights-council

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/en/home/the-prize.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakharov_Prize

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sakharovprize/fr/home/the-prize.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexe%C3%AF_Navalny (FRANCAIS)

https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/1343657/criticos-de-putin-excluidos-do-conselho-de-direitos-humanos-russo (ESPANOL)

Russia: Mikhail Benyash fined 30,000 RUB

October 17, 2019

Mikhail Benyash

On 11 October 2019, Leninsky District Court of Krasnodar found Mikhail Benyash guilty of “exercising violence against a representative of authority” and fined him 30 000 RUB (almost 423 EUR).

On 23 September 2018, Mikhail Benyash was charged under article 318 of the Criminal Code of Russia, following his arrest on 9 September 2018 in Krasnodar where he had travelled to provide legal assistance to the participants of an unsanctioned protest against pension reform. The Investigative Committee claimed that Mikhail Benyash hit a police officer in the face three times and bit him on the arm. The human rights defender thoroughly rejects these accusations.

Mikhail Benyash is a defence lawyer who has been working on civil and criminal cases for the last ten years in Sochi and Krasnodar Region, Russia. In the context of authorities’ reluctance to sanction peaceful protests, the human rights defender has been providing legal assistance to the participants of rallies which were not officially approved. He has also attended a number of protests in order to monitor and prevent police brutality.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/judicial-harassment-mikhail-benyash

https://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/48748/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/10/04/russia-defense-lawyer-arrested-beaten

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/9295/2018/en/

Russia: Russian Lawyer Who Defended Detainees Fined For ‘Attack’ On Police

October 11, 2019

Michail Benyash appears in court during his trial in Krasnodar.

A Russian lawyer and human rights activist has been found guilty of attacking police and fined 30,000 rubles ($468) by a Krasnodar court in connection with his detention while he was trying to provide legal advice to protesters being taken into police custody at an anti-government rally a year ago.

Mikhail Benyash had faced up to five years in prison, and investigators were reportedly seeking a larger fine.

International rights group Amnesty International has called the charges against Benyash “politically motivated.”

He has spent the past decade working on civil and criminal cases and “has been providing legal assistance to the participants of rallies which were not officially approved,” according to Frontline Defenders, a Dublin-based group that seeks to protect “at-risk” human rights defenders.

Benyash was arrested on September 9, 2018, in Krasnodar, where he went to provide legal assistance to participants in an unsanctioned protest during a wave of public rallies against Russian pension reform.

He was initially ordered to spend two weeks in jail in September 2018 for allegedly disobeying police.

Later, he was charged with “using violence against a government official,” leading to this latest conviction.

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-lawyer-who-defended-detainees-fined-for-attack-on-police/30212351.html

https://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/48748/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/10/04/russia-defense-lawyer-arrested-beaten

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/9295/2018/en/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/mikhail-benyash

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/lawyers/mikhail-benyash/

 

Russia: The Russian Federation: the ICJ calls for an end to intimidation and prosecution of lawyers

September 24, 2019

Scandal evolves as lawyer suggests legalizing Sharia courts in Russia

The ICJ today called for an end to criminal proceedings against Dagir Hasavov, a prominent Russian lawyer facing prosecution on allegations of obstruction of justice.

On 17 September, less than a week after lawyer Dmitriy Sotnikov was physically attacked in court, Dagir Hasavov was detained by police in the Lefortovo court building in Moscow. He was charged with “obstruction of justice” and “bribery or coercion to testify or evasion of giving evidence” (articles 294.1 and 309.4 of the Russian Criminal Code).  On 18 September, Moscow Basmanny court authorised the detention of Hasavov until 16 November.

“There are strong indications that these charges are spurious and that the arrest of Dagir Hasavov is an attempt to obstruct him in carrying out his professional duties, and to prevent his clients from having a fair trial. The proceedings should be discontinued and he should be immediately released.” said Róisín Pillay, ICJ Europe and Central Asia Programme Director.  “Such arrests also send a clear message of intimidation to other lawyers. Without urgent measures to end harassment of lawyers, the ability of the legal profession to protect human rights will be increasingly jeopardized”.

Dagir Khasavov represented the former Dagestan Prime Minister Abdusamad Hamidov, who was detained together with his deputy Rayudin Yusufov by the FSB in February 2018 as part of a special anti-corruption operation and was charged with multiple criminal offences, including embezzlement.

The Russian Federation: the ICJ calls for an end to intimidation and prosecution of lawyers

https://en.sledcom.ru/news/item/1390851/

The Russian Federation: use of physical force against lawyer must be investigated

Russia: The Russian Federation: use of physical force against lawyer must be investigated

September 20, 2019

The ICJ has called on the Russian authorities to institute a thorough and independent investigation into the use of physical force against lawyer Dmitry Sotnikov by court officials and subsequently by the police on 12 September in two separate but linked incidents, and to hold accountable those responsible for the attacks.

The authorities should take effective measures to prevent such attacks in the future, and to ensure that lawyers are not prevented from representing their clients in accordance with law, the ICJ said.

“This use of physical force used against a lawyer solely because he tried to zealously defend his client is contrary to international human rights law and standards, including on the role of lawyers,” Temur Shakirov, Senior Legal Adviser of the ICJ Europe and Central Asia Programme said today.

“It is also of concern that Dmitry Sotnikov was not allowed to represent his client despite clear legal provisions under the law guaranteeing the right to independent legal advice and representation,” he added.

The Russian Federation: use of physical force against lawyer must be investigated

https://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/news/plight-jailed-russian-activists-forgotten-1797013

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/russia-forgotten-plight-jailed-grassroots-activists-031544460.html

Russia: ‘I Am Always Asked if I Am Afraid’: Activist Lawyer Takes On Putin’s Russia

September 6, 2019

After nearly losing her husband to an attack with lethal poison and surviving repeated clashes with burly Russian police officers, Lyubov Sobol looked on the bright side last week when she was targeted yet again in a long campaign of intimidation.

“At least it wasn’t feces,” Ms. Sobol, a 31-year-old lawyer and opposition activist, said in an interview shortly after an unidentified assailant threw slimy black goop at her as she was getting into a taxi near her Moscow apartment block.

Ms. Sobol has for years annoyed the Kremlin with her dogged pursuit of evidence of graft and greed among associates of President Vladimir V. Putin, particularly the businessman Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, a former hot-dog seller known as “Putin’s cook” who has been indicted by the United States in connection with the troll factory that spearheaded Russian meddling in the 2016 American election.

But Ms. Sobol has in recent weeks become a special hate figure for Russia’s political and business elite thanks to her role as a driving and unbending force behind a wave of street protests that have roiled the Russian capital and led to thousands of arrests.

On Monday evening, she was grabbed by police officers as she left a store in Moscow and held until after midnight for questioning over her role in an “illegal” protest. Appearing in court on Tuesday, she acknowledged repeated violations of restrictions on public gatherings and was fined the equivalent of $4,500, the fifth fine against her in a month.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lyubov-sobol-interview-the-woman-leading-anti-putin-protests-gtgssrxxx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyubov_Sobol

http://www.rfi.fr/es/contenu/20190906-elecciones-locales-en-rusia-tras-un-verano-de-protestas-duramente-reprimidas (ESPANOL)

Russia: “They poured some mud on me.” Lyubov Sobol accused “Progozhin’s bastards” of attack

August 30, 2019

“They poured some mud on me.” Lyubov Sobol accused “Progozhin’s bastards” of attack

Unknown persons attacked the opposition politician and Anti-Corruption Fund lawyer Lyubov Sobol near her house in Moscow and poured mud on her. The scene was filmed, Sobol tweeted. In her opinion, the attack was organized by Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is dubbed “Putin’s cook” in the media.

“I have just been attacked near the entrance of my house, when I was getting in a taxi, they poured some mud on me, flooded the interior of the car. All this was filmed by a Progozhin’s bastard on video,” she wrote.

In March, the Anti-Corruption Fund Head Alexei Navalny stated that on the orders of Prigozhin, unknown young people followed him daily.

The day before the attack, Sobol announced a forthcoming peaceful rally against political repression to take place in Moscow on August 31. The politician said the mayor’s office has not agreed on a single rally from the opposition on this date.

https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/they-poured-some-mud-on-me-lyubov-sobol-accused-progozhin-s-bastards-of-attack-/

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/29/opposition-figure-sobol-attacked-outside-moscow-apartment-a67075

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/650415-russian-opposition-leader-lyubov-sobol-attacked-with-green-substance

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyubov_Sobol

https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2019/08/29/154774-lyubov-sobol-oblili-neizvestnoy-zhidkostyu-na-vyhode-iz-doma?print=true (RUSSIAN)

https://www.vectornews.net/news/world/135979-rosysku-opoziconerku-lyubov-sobol-oblili-u-moskv-fekalyami.html (RUSSIAN)

https://t24.com.tr/haber/rusya-da-protestolarin-lideri-kabul-edilen-muhalif-siyasetci-sobol-a-saldiri,837043 (TURKCE)