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Alexander Khodzinsky was known for his vocal criticism of a local construction project, raising suspicions his death is directly related to his reporting.
Retired police Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov allegedly obtained information about the journalist's schedule and usual routes and acquired the weapons used in the killing.
The proposed statute would create a blacklist of websites that ISPs would have to block and refuse to host.
Re-criminalization of libel is part of a raft of laws rammed through the Russian parliament from June through mid-July, setting out new, severe restrictions on the rights to free expression, assembly, and association.
"This conviction is another sad example of the Russian authorities’ misuse of legal mechanisms to silence critical voices," says Human Rights Watch.
Sergey Sokolov was threatened by chief investigator Aleksandr Bastrykin over an article in which Sokolov criticised Bastrykin's alleged misconduct in a criminal case.
Since President Putin was elected on 4 March, there has been an increase in the repression of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, including demonstrations, artistic performances or political activities.
Rustam Matsev, a lawyer with rights group Memorial, is representing a client who says he was abducted, beaten and threatened in 2010.
The Chechen authorities have been carrying out a harassment campaign against a rights group that investigates allegations of serious human rights violations by law enforcement and security officials.
An unknown assailant lured Sergei Aslanyan out of his apartment building with a telephone call and hit the journalist in the head with a heavy object before stabbing him in the chest, neck and arm.
At least 15 journalists were arrested and assaulted at a protest against the Russian prime minister's installation for a third term.
Two men attacked Elena Milashina, a journalist with the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and her friend Ella Asoyan, a Freedom House program officer.
“Despite the Kremlin’s repeated pledges to ensure normal working conditions for human rights defenders, Russian civil society groups operate in an increasingly hostile environment,” says Human Rights Watch.
On March 17 and 18, 2012, police detained over 130 peaceful protesters at three separate gatherings in Moscow. Earlier that week, over 10 pro-democracy activists were sentenced to administrative arrest in Nizny Novgorod for having participated in a peaceful protest rally.
Two members of punk feminist group Pussy Riot will remain in pre-trial detention until 24 April, when they face trial on charges of hooliganism and could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for performing a protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral.
Journalists covering the elections reported a variety of disturbing violations and irregularities in the voting, and say that both the police and elections officials were responsible.
Pavel Nikulin, Maria Klimova, Andrei Stenin, and Arkady Babchenko were covering an opposition protest when they were rounded up by police.
Since the parliamentary elections in December, the authorities have used a range of tactics to harass and discredit their critics, even as they have allowed public protests.
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In the lead-up to the March 4, 2012 presidential vote, authorities have harassed a major election-monitoring nongovernmental organization, directly and indirectly interfered with the operation of independent news outlets critical of the government, and harassed and threatened civic activists.