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The Interpreter
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Russia Update: January 14, 2015

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Opposition Leader Navalny Back Home After Brief Detention
Opposition leader Alexey Navalny is back home after his brief detention today following an interview with Ekho Moskvy.
Translation: @navalny has been t

Translation: They took me out some back door of the Arbat Police Precinct, put me in a car, and brought me home.

Translation: They didn't write up a police report of the detention and all that, obviously. They said "Let's consider this a prophylactic chat."


Translation: They wrote up on the spot some sort of paper for transfering me from the Interior Ministry [police] to the Federal Corrections Service. Funny.


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Police to Return Opposition Leader Navalny Home, Russian Journalists Say

Moscow police have now reportedly taken opposition leader Alexey Navalny back to his home, Russian journalists say.

Navalny stopped tweeting himself about his detention by police about 45 minutes ago.


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Translation: they say Navalny has been taken away from the Arbat Police Precinct, but it's not known where.

Navalny's press secretary Kira Yarmysh first said that police were not allowing her and Ekho Moskvy journalists who followed Navalny to the police station to communicate with him.

But then she was able to get a word with him.


Translation: I just saw Alexey. He said they are taking him home. He was put in a car, they turned around simply and then drove past us.

Navalny went to the offices of Ekho Moskvy today to give an interview.

Recently he decided to defy the terms of his house arrest, which once included a ban on Internet usage and media, and cut off his ankle bracelet. He believes that there is no lawful reason he should remain under house arrest, as he has been given a suspended sentence in his last trial, and was not ordered under house arrest in another pending case for "art theft."



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UPDATE: Opposition Leader Navalny Arrested on ID Check -- Again -- Expects Release Soon

Opposition leader Aleksey Navalny has just been arrested as he left the offices of Ekho Moskvy after an interview, according to a report he made from his Twitter account.


Translation: Well, great, upon exiting Ekho Moskvy, the police detained me. They are taking me somewhere.

Translation: as to the question of why they are arresting @navalny, the police have replied 'until clarification of the circumstances.'

Tanya Felgenhauer, deputy editor of Ekho Moskvy, reports:

Translation: they have taken [Navalny] for establishing his identity. Krivoarbatsky, 14.


2015-01-14 18:55:58

Translation: Alexey was detained by the police right at the exit of Ekho. Under the pretext that he hasn't got his identification with him, and perhaps he is not Alexey Navalny.

UPDATE: Navalny is tweeting from the police station that he believes he will be released soon after an ID check.

Translation: It's as per usual, in short. Some detain me, others shout on those who detained me 'WTF have you brought him in here for."


Translation: Most likely they will release me now. As they say, sorry for bothering you.


Translation: To be honest, it's really awkward for me that 15 times a day I have to ask you to organize a rally.

Earlier today, RFE/RL reported that Navalny was fined 670 rubles or about $10 for cutting off his ankle bracelet to be monitored while under house arrest.

Navalny had cut off the bracelet several days ago to make the point that technically, there was no court order to keep him under arrest, as it was not specified by his suspended sentence of 3.5 years in the case related to his brother. He also protested the failure to provide a copy of the sentence after parts of it were read out December 30; it was not delivered until January 12. Navalny is also facing trial on charges of "art theft" for possessing a sketch made by a street artist that was taken from a fence and given to Navalny as a present by his colleague.

All of these cases are believed to be fabricated in retaliation for his opposition activity.

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Russian Journalist Severely Beaten In Saratov

RFE/RL reports that Sergei Vilkov, a Russian journalist for Obschestvennoye Mnenie (Public Opinion) in Saratov, was severely beaten on his way home last night.


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Vilkov said he had seen two attackers near his apartment block the last two days.

The attackers did not take any of Vilkov's belongings and beat him mainly on his face and head. He received medical treatment but refused hospitalization.

Vilkov says the attack was most likely connected to his professional activities.

He is known for his critical articles targeting local Orthodox Church officials, businesspeople, and authorities.

Another Obshchestvennoye Mneniye reporter, Aleksandr Krutov, was viciously attacked by two assailants in August.

No one has been detained in that case.


-- Pierre Vaux

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Russian Protestors for Jailed Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Arrested While Listening to Ukrainian Anthem

Four Muscovites were detained while protesting for the freedom of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group reported:

On the 33nd day of Nadiya Savchenko’s hunger strike, four people planning a protest outside the remand prison [SIZO] in Moscow were detained on Wednesday morning and taken to a police station.  A lawyer from the Movement for Human Rights was allowed in to see the four, who included Alexandra Ageevka, a Grani.ru correspondent planning to film the protest. 

The human rights monitor OVDinfo was told by one of the detained activists, Oleg Moryakov that men in camouflage ordered them to leave the car where they were listening to (or, according to another report, singing) the Ukrainian national anthem and forced them into a police bus from where they were taken to Pechatniki police station.

The four are: Oleg Mokryakov; Yekaterina Maldon; Ivan Dudko and journalist Alexandra Ageeva. All had their telephones taken away [though presumably Mokryakov had another since he was able to inform OVDinfo].  At the police station, they were all taken to different rooms and searched.  Lawyer Alexei Domnikov was prevented from entering although he has power of attorney to represent Yekaterina Maldon. Later in the afternoon, OVDinfo reported that only Maldon remained in custody, and that the police had returned Ageevka’s video but wiped the tape on it.

OVDinfo, the police-monitoring group, reported the two accounts, saying according to one, the protesters were sitting in a car near Pre-Trial Detention Center No. 6, where Savchenko is held, listening to the Ukrainian anthem when police accused them of blocking traffic, and in another, one activist was filming the others singing the anthem as it played from a CD. Their mobile phones were all confiscated.

Savchenko is accused by Russian authorities of complicity in the deaths of two Russian state journalists killed at a checkpoint last year. Evidence for the charges has not been produced, and human rights groups believe her to be innocent.

Petitioners have launched an appeal to the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe (PACE) urging action on Savchenko, who was made a member of PACE by virtue of being chosen as first on the party list of Batkivshchyna [Fatherland], led by Yuliya Tymoshenko.


-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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