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Russia: Alexei Navalny sent to jail for 20 days before Russian rally

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.

Russland Alexej Nawalny vor Gericht (picture-alliance/AP/dpa/P. Golovkin)

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.”









http://www.rfi.fr/europe/20171002-alexei-navalny-condamne-20-jours-detention-justice-russe (FRANCAIS)

http://www.eleconomista.es/internacional-eleconomista/noticias/8648197/10/17/Opositor-ruso-Alexei-Navalny-condenado-a-20-dias-de-prision.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.tgcom24.mediaset.it/mondo/russia-l-oppositore-navalny-condannato-a-20-giorni-di-carcere_3098427-201702a.shtml (ITALIANO)


Russia: Prominent Putin critic Alexei Navalny arrested on way to opposition rally

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.




http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-wews170915.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/russie-l-opposant-alexei-navalny-interpelle-a-moscou-29-09-2017-2160727_24.php (FRANCAIS)

https://tvrain.ru/news/politsija_objasnila_zaderzhanie_navalnogo-446184/?utm_medium=share_android&utm_term=446184  (RUSSIAN)

Russia: Le Conseil de l’Europe appelle Moscou à revenir sur l’inéligibilité de Navalny

le 22 septembre, 2017

Le principal opposant au Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny à Moscou, Russie, 7 juillet 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.


https://themoscowtimes.com/news/council-of-europe-demands-alexei-navalny-be-allowed-to-run-for-president-59016 (ENGLISH)

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-knight-navalny-russia-putin-20170922-story.html (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny (ENGLISH)

Russia: Rage at tsar film suspected in Russia car blaze

September 11, 2017

Burnt car outside Dobrynin's office, 11 Sep 17

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.









http://www.mdr.de/heute-im-osten/eskalation-im-streit-um-neuen-zarenfilm-mathilde-100.html (DEUTSCH)

http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-41252286 (ESPANOL)

Russia: Moscow Police Launch ‘Hooliganism’ Probe Over Assault Against Navalny Aide

September 16, 2017

Nikolai Lyaskin is the head of the Moscow office of Navalny's campaign for the 2018 presidential election.

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.









China/Turkey/Azerbaijan/Russia etc: Joint Civil Society Petition to the International Association of Prosecutors

September 5, 2017

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Dear members of the IAP Executive Committee and the Senate,

dear members of the IAP,

In the run-up to the annual conference and general meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) in Beijing, China, the undersigned civil society organisations urge the IAP to live up to its vision and bolster its efforts to preserve the integrity of the profession.

Increasingly, in many regions of the world, in clear breach of professional integrity and fair trial standards, public prosecutors use their powers to suppress critical voices.

In China, over the last two years, dozens of prominent lawyers, labour rights advocates and activists have been targeted by the prosecution service[1]. Many remain behind bars, convicted or in prolonged detention for legal and peaceful activities protected by international human rights standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Azerbaijan is in the midst of a major crackdown on civil rights defenders, bloggers and journalists, imposing hefty sentences on fabricated charges in trials that make a mockery of justice[2]. In Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey many prosecutors play an active role in the repression of human rights defenders, and in committing, covering up or condoning other grave human rights abuses[3].

Patterns of abusive practices by prosecutors in these and other countries ought to be of grave concern to the professional associations they belong to, such as the IAP. Upholding the rule of law and human rights is a key aspect of the profession of a prosecutor, as is certified by the IAP’s Standards of Professional Responsibility and Statement of the Essential Duties and Rights of Prosecutors, that explicitly refer to the importance of observing and protecting the right to a fair trial and other human rights at all stages of work[4].







Russia: Enemy of the State — Putin’s loudest critic

August 7, 2017

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On June 12th, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moscow chanting “Putin is a crook” and “Russia without Putin!” The protesters, predominantly 16-27 year olds, flooded Tverskaya Street, a main artery leading to Red Square, waving Russian flags and holding signs that read “Navalny 2018.” As a helicopter buzzed overhead, it didn’t take long for riot police to move in, batons drawn.

By the end of the day, there were more than 1,000 arrests across Russia. The protests were inspired by a 41-year-old lawyer turned anti-corruption crusader named Alexei Navalny. He has announced plans to challenge Vladimir Putin in Russia’s presidential election next March, but the Central Electoral Commission has suggested that an embezzlement conviction (which Navalny claims was politically prosecuted) may prevent him from running. Navalny hopes that by gathering enough support across the country, he can force the Kremlin to allow him to run.

“CBSN: On Assignment” spent a week with Alexei Navalny before the protests, in his Moscow office and on the campaign trail. “It’s not about playing [a] game,” Navalny told correspondent Ryan Chilcote. “It’s not saying something or making rallies. We are really making this political work to win and without any doubts this corrupt regime will be crushed and another man will become president of Russia.”






(N.B. Alexei Navalny is a lawyer and opposition leader.)