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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)

Russia/ECHR: European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky

August 27, 2019

Europe's top human rights court acusses Russia of violating Sergei Magnitsky's rights

In a unanimous judgment, the European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.

Responding to complaints brought by his mother and widow, the Strasbourg court ruled that Russia was responsible for Magnitsky’s death, and had subjected him to “intentional” acts of “violence…that amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment”.

This included persistently denying him medical treatment for a life-threatening illness, and a beating by guards just before he died.

The court also ruled that Russia’s investigation into Magnitsky’s death and abuse was inadequate, and that the government’s decision to put him on trial on corruption charges after his death was a manifest breach of the rule of law.

The ruling represents the first fully independent assessment of a case that has led to the imposition of sanctions by the United States and Canada against senior Russian officials accused of complicity in Mr Magnitsky’s death.

At the time of his death, Magnitsky had been held in pretrial detention for 358 days, while supposedly under investigation by the same Moscow Interior Ministry officers he had originally accused of corruption. The court ruled that the period of detention had been unreasonably extended by the Russian authorities, “on grounds which cannot be regarded as ‘sufficient’ to justify its duration”.

https://www.justiceinitiative.org/newsroom/european-court-of-human-rights-finds-russia-responsible-for-death-of-whistleblower-sergei-magnitsky

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49481471

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/europe-top-rights-court-condemns-russia-magnitsky-death-190827184340259.html

https://www.dw.com/en/european-rights-court-rules-against-russia-on-magnitsky-death/a-50178539

https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/27/europe-s-top-human-rights-court-acusses-russia-of-violating-sergei-magnitsky-s-rights

https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/27/russia-flouted-dead-lawyer-magnitskys-rights-says-european-court

https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng-press#%22itemid%22:%5B%22003-6486375-8551786%22%5D

https://echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/08/27/why-you-should-read-european-court-ruling-magnitsky

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

https://news.ru/politics/priznan-zhertvoj-espch-vynes-reshenie-po-delu-magnitskogo/ (RUSSIAN)

http://www.rfi.fr/europe/20190827-affaire-magnitski-russie-epinglee-cour-europeenne-droits-homme-cedh (FRANCAIS)

https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng-press#{%22itemid%22:[%22003-6486376-8551787%22]} (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergue%C3%AF_Magnitski (FRANCAIS)

https://www.elindependiente.com/politica/internacional/2019/08/28/serguei-magnitsky-el-abogado-que-vencio-a-vladimir-putin-despues-de-muerto/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.ilpost.it/2019/08/27/corte-europea-dei-diritti-delluomo-sergei-magnitsky/ (ITALIANO)

https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/russia-condenada-por-violacao-de-direitos-humanos-em-morte-de-advogado (PORTUGUES)

Russia: Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

August 16, 2019

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After a monthlong hunger strike, it’s a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist.

This summer’s wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia’s opposition movement. Her name rang out on the streets of the capital, packed with demonstrators angered by the refusal of election authorities to allow independent candidates, including Sobol, on the ballot for the Moscow Duma, or city council.

Sobol has been the prime target of attacks by both the Kremlin-friendly media and election officials.

“The attitude to me is different because I work harder than others and I don’t let people get away with lies,” Sobol told The Associated Press. “I’m not afraid of telling people to their face what I think of them.”

Moscow has been gripped by weekly protests for more than a month over the nearly two dozen candidates from across the political spectrum who have been excluded from the Sept. 8 election.

The numbers continue to grow: the Aug. 10 rally was Russia’s biggest in eight years, and heavy-handed police tactics against peaceful protesters illustrates just how jittery the Kremlin is about the movement. More than 2,000 people were detained, and videos of riot police beating protesters were widely circulated.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov broke a month of silence Monday, praising the police and saying President Vladimir Putin has not spoken on the subject because he views the rallies as too insignificant to worry about.

Sobol, bespectacled and with a pony tail of platinum blond hair, has emerged in what has mostly been a leaderless movement, galvanized by the authorities’ disregard for voters’ rights. Protesters have been chanting her name at the rallies as well as slogans rich with wordplay: Lyubov literally means “love” in Russian.

A graduate of Russia’s most prestigious law school, she has been behind some of the most visible anti-corruption investigations run by the country’s undisputed opposition leader, Alexei Navalny.

http://longisland.news12.com/story/40927876/activist-emerges-as-new-leader-of-moscow-election-protests

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/opposition-politician-sobol-ends-month-long-hunger-strike-amid-moscow-protests-a66862

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/16/putin-20-years-in-power-producing-new-generation-of-protesters

https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/08/15/protests-in-moscow-show-that-putins-critics-are-getting-stronger

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/21/752912770/the-government-is-very-afraid-meet-moscow-s-new-opposition-leader-lyubov-sobol

https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/23/russian-opposition-activist-alexey-navalny-is-released-from-prison

https://www.facebook.com/soboll.ru/

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

http://ftimes.ru/265051-lyubov-sobol-perestala-golodat.html (RUSSIAN)

https://www.lemonde.fr/m-le-mag/article/2019/08/09/lioubov-sobol-l-intransigeante-avocate-du-peuple-russe_5498094_4500055.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.elle.fr/Societe/News/Lioubov-Sobol-la-femme-qui-defie-Poutine-3802587 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2019/08/17/la-odisea-de-protestar-contra-putin-en-rusia-que-reclaman-los-manifestantes-que-desafian-la-represion/ (ESPANOL)

https://thedailycases.com/le-autorita-russe-devono-porre-fine-alla-brutale-repressione-delle-proteste-in-piazza/ (ITALIANO)

https://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/moscovitas-vao-as-ruas-contra-veto-opositores-em-eleicao-23885190 (PORTUGUES)

https://www.worldjournal.com/6448404/article-%E4%BF%84%E5%8F%8D%E5%B0%8D%E6%B4%BE%E5%A4%A7%E5%B0%87-%E7%B4%A2%E6%B3%A2%E7%88%BE%E7%B5%95%E9%A3%9F%E8%99%9F%E5%8F%AC%E6%8A%97%E8%AD%B0/?ref=%E5%9C%8B%E9%9A%9B (CHINESE)

https://www.upmedia.mg/news_info.php?SerialNo=69605 (CHINESE)

Russia: Dozens arrested at opposition rally in Moscow

August 10, 2019

Nearly 50,000 opposition supporters rallied and dozens were arrested in Moscow at one of the largest authorised protests since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012.

Demonstrators crowded the central Prospekt Andreya Sakharova street, where city authorities deployed a massive police presence, including officers in riot gear, after giving permission for the rally to go ahead.

The White Counter, an NGO that tracks participants in rallies, counted 49,900 people, while Moscow police gave a much lower attendance figure of 20,000.

A total of 71 people were detained in Moscow and a further 80 were arrested in Russia’s second-largest city of Saint Petersburg, according to OVD-Info, an NGO that monitors detentions at protests.

In recent weeks, thousands have attended street protests calling for free and fair elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures, including allies of top Putin critic Alexei Navalny, from local Moscow polls next month.

While the rally was authorised, Mr Navalny, who is currently in jail, had urged supporters to walk peacefully through the city afterwards.

The latest demonstration came this week as authorities mounted their harshest attack yet on Navalny’s team, focusing on his anti-corruption foundation which publishes investigations of officials close to Mr Putin.

One of the foundation’s lawyers, Lyubov Sobol, was detained Saturday at her campaign office by police in riot gear, she wrote on social media.

Riot police also raided the studio where Navalny’s supporters were set to run a live broadcast of the protest, activists said.

On Thursday, investigators raided the foundation’s office as part of a probe into alleged acceptance of donations of laundered money and a court froze the foundation’s accounts.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0810/1068125-russia-protest-arrests/

https://www.france24.com/en/20190810-thousands-rally-moscow-opposition-protest-crackdown

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2019/08/tens-thousands-rally-election-protest-moscow-190810143831955.html

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-police-detain-sobol/30103214.html

https://news.sky.com/video/russian-opposition-activist-lyubov-sobol-films-herself-being-detained-11781905

https://www.dw.com/en/moscow-protests-pressuring-vladimir-putin-find-female-standard-bearer/a-49936204

https://www.voanews.com/europe/voa-exclusive-navalny-deputy-calls-assets-freeze-predictable-psychological-projection

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

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

https://www.nouvelobs.com/monde/20190812.OBS17078/l-opposante-politique-russe-lioubov-sobol-filme-sa-propre-interpellation.html (FRANCAIS)

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https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-internacional-49308856 (ESPANOL)

https://tg.la7.it/esteri/russia-arrestata-lyubov-sobol-lattivista-anti-putin-10-08-2019-141397 (ITALIANO)

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https://www.dw.com/pt-002/r%C3%BAssia-dezenas-de-milhares-em-protesto-por-elei%C3%A7%C3%B5es-livres/a-49979759 (PORTUGUES)

Russia: Moscow: searches, arrests and beatings ahead of new protests

August 9, 2019

In an attempt to bring down the upcoming wave of protests, Russian authorities are using more stringent methods

Repression continues against protesters and opponents of President Putin in Moscow.

On August 7, a search was conducted at the Anti-Corruption Foundation, led by Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny,  Mediazone reported.

Five lawyers of the foundation were forcibly taken in for interrogation in cases of money laundering, one of them was beaten.

Computers and other office equipment were seized as well. The foundation’s accounts have been seized – meanwhile, Alexey Navalny himself is under arrest.

Lyubov Sobol, one of the few protest leaders who has remained at liberty and one of the candidates not allowed to register for the upcoming Moscow Duma elections, tweeted:

“[The foundation’s] accounts have been blocked in order to 1. obstruct the work of [the foundation], and to prevent us from paying fines of those illegally detained in the protests. Hence the rush. The level of political pressure has increased many fold. In any case, the foundation will continue its work.”

Moscow: searches, arrests and beatings ahead of new protests

https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/10/moscow-braces-for-another-election-protest-despite-crackdown

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

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