November 30, 2017
On Tuesday last week, Alexander Panesh, who describes himself as a lawyer for Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was on his way from France to Lithuania when his plane landed in Copenhagen.
Here, he was detained by Danish police because he is wanted by the Russian authorities in connection with the widespread bribery of public officials, corruption, making false statements in court and giving false evidence – charges that he emphatically denies, reports Politiken.
Panesh, who is a Russian citizen, has lived in France since seeking political asylum there after fleeing from Russia in 2015. He fears persecution at the hands of the regime because of his involvement with Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken opponents.
The Russian lawyer has subsequently been charged and will remain in Danish custody until December 19.
Kim Bagge, his Danish lawyer, said: “It’s incomprehensible that the Danish authorities should have found grounds to detain him just because he tangentially touched Danish soil. He’s been living openly in France for a year while his asylum request is running its course.”
October 27, 2017
Today, the ICJ expressed concern at the allegations of harassment of lawyer Shamil Magomedov following an acquittal of his client Sulntankhan Ibragimov, who had been accused of murder.
The allegations should be investigated and authorities must make clear to law enforcement officials that such intimidation and harassment is prohibited, the ICJ said.
Yesterday, the lawyer alleged that on 19 October, while he was in Moscow, a law enforcement officer visited his home in Dagestan and questioned his family members about his whereabouts and “why he complained so much to law enforcement bodies”.
The lawyer believes this is related to the acquittal of his client, Sulntankhan Ibragimov, in whose case a decision had been delivered three days before.
When the matter was raised in court, Prosecutor Magomed Aliyev claimed the law enforcement officer’s visit was routine.
The ICJ considers that in the circumstances, the visit to and questioning by a law enforcement officer of a lawyer’s family about his professional activities could only reasonably be understood as a form of intimidation or harassment.
October 2, 2017
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has received a 20-day jail sentence for calling an unsanctioned rally in St. Petersburg. Its his third such sentence in an unusual “election campaign,” even by Russian standards.
A court in Moscow handed Alexei Navalny, leader of Russia’s opposition Progress Party, a jail sentence of 20 days for repeatedly organizing unsanctioned public events.
Navalny and the Russian courts are repeatedly crossing paths as a result of the anti-corruption activist’s “presidential campaign.” Russia votes in March in a curious election: Incumbent Vladimir Putin is yet to confirm he will seek another term, while Navalny says he intends to compete although his recent jail sentences mean that officially he is ineligible.
Monday’s sentence related to a rally the 41-year-old Navalny was planning to hold in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-most populous city and President Putin’s hometown. The rally, part of Navalny’s campaign tour of Russia, was scheduled for Saturday, October 7, Putin’s 64th birthday.
“Twenty days in jail,” Navalny wrote on Twitter, claiming that the Kremlin was “scared” of his rallies, while in court he called the verdict “a gift to Putin for his birthday.”
September 29, 2017
Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and prominent critic of Vladimir Putin, says he has been arrested again outside his Moscow home after he left to attend a pre-election rally with supporters.
Mr Navalny tweeted that he had been “detained and was being taken somewhere”, but that he did not know where.
Russia will hold a presidential election in March which incumbent Vladimir Putin is widely expected to contest.
Russia’s central election commission has said Mr Navalny is not eligible to run, but he still hopes to stand against Mr Putin.
Mr Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner, said on social media police had told him they wanted to talk to him about something, but it was not clear what, or whether he would be charged with anything.
He had been due to address a rally in the city of Nizhny Novgorod later on Friday.
This is the third time the Russian opposition leader has been detained this year.
le 22 septembre, 2017
Le principal opposant au Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny, devrait être autorisé à se présenter à la présidentielle de mars prochain, ont plaidé les représentants des 47 gouvernements du Conseil de l’Europe dans une résolution publiée vendredi.
Le Comité des ministres de l’organisation paneuropéenne, réuni cette semaine à Strasbourg, a “invité les autorités” russes à revenir sur “l’interdiction pour M. Navalny de se présenter à une élection”.
Cette inéligibilité, proclamée en juin dernier par la commission électorale centrale russe, découle d’une condamnation à cinq ans de prison avec sursis infligée à l’opposant de 41 ans – pour avoir prétendument détourné, en 2009, quelque 400.000 euros au détriment d’une société publique d’exploitation forestière alors qu’il était consultant du gouverneur libéral de la région de Kirov.
Or, en février 2016, la Cour européenne des droits de l’Homme (CEDH, le bras judiciaire du Conseil de l’Europe) avait jugé cette décision “arbitraire”, estimant qu’on pouvait “fortement craindre” que les poursuites contre M. Navalny et son co-accusé aient été “de nature politique”.
La Cour suprême russe a ensuite annulé en novembre 2016 cette condamnation et renvoyé l’affaire devant un nouveau tribunal. Mais M. Navalny a de nouveau été condamné à la même peine, ce qui a entraîné son inéligibilité.
September 11, 2017
Two cars have been set ablaze in Moscow outside a lawyer’s office linked to a film about Russia’s last tsar.
Lawyer Konstantin Dobrynin is acting for the film director Alexei Uchitel, whose movie Matilda explores the love of Tsar Nicholas II for a ballerina.
Mr Dobrynin posted Facebook photos of burnt-out cars and notes left at the scene saying “Burn for Matilda”.
Nicholas II was canonised in 2000 by the Orthodox Church, so campaigners see the exposé as an insult.
MP Natalia Poklonskaya, a staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin, has been campaigning to get the film’s release blocked.
An early showing of Matilda is taking place in the far eastern city of Vladivostok on Monday, amid tight security.
A Moscow cinema decided to cancel its showing for “technical” reasons. The film goes on general release in Russia on 26 October.
September 16, 2017
Police in Moscow have opened a criminal investigation on suspicion of “hooliganism” after a top campaign aide for opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny was attacked by an unknown assailant wielding a metal pipe.
A Moscow police spokesman told Interfax on September 16 that the case had been opened and police were looking for the perpetrator who attacked Nikolai Lyaskin the previous day. Lyaskin is the head of the Moscow office of Navalny’s campaign for the 2018 presidential election.
Lyaskin suffered a concussion as a result of the attack and was treated at a hospital.
The incident was the latest in a string of assaults and other harassment of Navalny supporters around the country. Navalny himself suffered a chemical burn to his eye in April when an assailant splashed green antiseptic into his face.
Police closed the investigation into that incident in June without making an arrest.