On Putin’s birthday, Pussy Riot members hung rainbow flags on the buildings of the FSB and the presidential administration.

Detentions continue for the second day.

On October 8, Moscow police detained two members of the punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina and Nika Nikulshina, for a rally with rainbow flags they had participated in the day before.

Alekhina was detained at the entrance to the editorial office of the Dozhd TV channel, when she was going for an interview. Judging by the entry published by Dozhd, the police followed Alekhina to the second floor, she tried to hide from them in the office of the TV channel, but she was forcibly taken into a car.

Around the same time, Nika Nikulshina was detained in the Taganka area, and she was taken to the Meshchansky police station, said Pyotr Verzilov, a Pussy Riot member and publisher of Mediazona. He posted a short video in which the police are leading Nikulshina, and she asks why they are hurting her. Lawyers from OVD-Info left to help Nikulshina and Alekhina.

On the morning of October 7, on the 68th birthday of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pussy Riot members held a rally in support of LGBTQ +. They hung rainbow flags on the “main symbols of Russian statehood”: the buildings of the FSB in Lubyanka, the presidential administration on Staraya Square, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Culture and the Basmanny police department. Pussy Riot members put forward a number of demands, in particular, called for legalizing same-sex partnerships and investigating the murders and kidnappings of gay men in Chechnya.

Among others, the action was attended by Maria Alekhina, Nika Nikulshina and Alexander Sofeev from Pussy Riot, as well as journalist Renat Davletgildeev and municipal deputy of the Basmanny district of Moscow, Lusya Stein.

At the FSB building, police arrested Radio Liberty journalist Artyom Radygin, who was filming the action. An administrative protocol was drawn up against him on participation in an uncoordinated public event. Several hours later, Radygin was released, but the police refused to give him the phone. Pussy Riot representatives said that Sota.Vision correspondent Denis Styazhkin was detained at the rally near the presidential administration, but Styazhkin himself claimed that this happened when he was covering the Left Bloc rally.

On the evening of October 7, police detained activists Vasily Andrianov and Elizaveta Diederich, who were hanging rainbow flags on government buildings in Moscow. Then they were released under the obligation to report to the police. They intend to draw up administrative protocols on participation in an unauthorized action. Also, the police came to the home of other protesters Alexander Sofeev, Veronika Nikulshina, Lyusa Stein, as well as mother Maria Alekhina.

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Irina Slavina, editor-in-chief of the Nizhny Novgorod edition of KozaPress, set herself on fire at the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Irina Slavina

The editor-in-chief of the KozaPress edition, Irina Slavina, set herself on fire outside the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Nizhny Novgorod. She died on the spot from her burns, Baza reports. Later, the death of Slavina was confirmed by the Nizhny Novgorod Investigative Committee.

A post was published on Slavina’s Facebook today: “I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death.” The day before, Slavina said that a search had taken place at her house. “They were looking for brochures, leaflets, accounts of Open Russia, possibly an icon with the face of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.” Copyright www.meduza.io

A post was published on Slavina’s Facebook: “I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death.” (02.10.2020 14:20)

Nizhny Novgorod. 2 October. INTERFAX-POVOLZHYE – Several dozen people came to the building of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Nizhny Novgorod Region in the center of Nizhny Novgorod, where on Friday the editor-in-chief of the Koza.press website Irina Slavina (Murakhtaeva) committed suicide, eyewitnesses told Interfax.

People bring candles and flowers, which are placed near the scene.

Meanwhile, almost 3.5 thousand comments were already left on Slavina’s social network page by 19:45 Moscow time. Users, both familiar and unfamiliar with her, express words of sympathy, publish photos of the journalist. Among them are residents of other countries.

Today at 6:00 am 12 people entered my apartment with a gas cutter and a crowbar: officers of the TFR, police, SOBR, attesting witnesses. The husband opened the door. I, being naked, was already dressing under the supervision of a lady I did not know. A search was carried out. The lawyer was not allowed to call. They were looking for brochures, leaflets, accounts of Open Russia, possibly an icon with the face of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. I have none of this. But they took what they found – all the flash drives, my laptop, daughter’s laptop, computer, phones – not only mine, but also my husband’s – a bunch of notebooks on which I scribbled during press conferences. I was left without means of production. I’m fine. But May (dog) suffered a lot. He was not allowed to be taken outside until 10:30. (01.10.2020 10:33)

Earlier it was reported that the editor-in-chief of the site, Irina Slavina (Murakhtaeva), committed suicide on Friday near the building of the Nizhny Novgorod police. The Investigative Department for the region has organized a pre-investigation check.

Text on the poster: While my mother was burning alive, you were silent.

On the eve of her death, Slavina reported on a search conducted in her apartment.

Meanwhile, the Nizhny Novgorod Investigation Department stated that there was no connection between the death of the journalist and the searches. Copyright www.interfax-russia.ru

Alexei Navalny commented on the death of Irina Slavina, he believes that the cause of the incident was “incessant harassment” on the part of the security forces.

Irina Slavina, a journalist from Nizhny Novgorod, committed suicide. Terrible death. Self-immolation. A criminal case under a political article was fabricated against Slavnaya, yesterday she was searched, doors were cut out and equipment was confiscated. This is the most real drive to suicide. A crime for which not only the “siloviks” of Nizhny Novgorod must answer, who have staged a months-long unceasing harassment of the opposition in the city (yesterday searches and interrogations took place at many, including the coordinator of our headquarters). Those in the Kremlin who gave them orders must also answer.

TASS reported that the investigative committee plans to arrest gays who used the services of surrogate mothers.

State Duma Deputy Oksana Pushkina called it a “flagrant violation” of the rights of fathers and children.

State Duma Deputy Oksana Pushkina

Oksana Pushkina, deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children, asked Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov to check the information that the investigative committee allegedly plans to arrest a number of single homosexual men who became fathers with the help of surrogate mothers and in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, and place their children in boarding schools.

The threat for such fathers arose because the law allows only married couples and single women to be donors during IVF, but not single men – although, according to the Constitution, women and men are equal in rights, Pushkina explained. She added that a bill was introduced to the State Duma Committee on Health Protection, designed to regulate IVF, but it “lies without movement.” “Which is not surprising, given the influence that the ROC has today,” said Pushkina.

In a conversation with RBC, Pushkina emphasized that she turned to the Prosecutor General in order to prevent the seizure of children. “The guys are not to blame for anything, in the current situation it is our duty to protect them from lawlessness and obscurantism,” the deputy said.

On the eve of the impending arrests of Russian citizens who are fathers of children from surrogate mothers, a TASS source in law enforcement agencies reported the day before. He explained that according to the law, these men could not be donors for IVF, “since they have a non-traditional sexual orientation.” The arrests are planned as part of the case of trafficking in children from surrogate mothers, in which several doctors who worked with surrogate mothers were arrested in the summer.

Lawyer Igor Trunov confirmed to TASS information about the planned arrests. According to him, the Investigative Committee withdrew the documents because of the companies involved in the case in the field of reproductive technologies. Later, single fathers were summoned for interrogations and warned about the transfer of children to boarding schools during the investigation. Trunov knows about 10 fathers to whom the Investigative Committee plans to bring charges of buying children; the children themselves, according to him, want to recognize the victims. The lawyer stressed that he considers the intentions of the investigation to be illegal.

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