OVD-Info reports on politically-motivated detentions

posted 4 Nov 2013, 04:03 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Nov 2013, 08:08 ]
1 November 2013 

Source: HRO.org (info)
The website OVD-Info has published its quarterly report on the results of monitoring political detentions. Statistical analysis of the data by OVD-Info has led to the following conclusions:
  • In Moscow and St. Petersburg there has been a dramatic increase in the number of arrests at events of a nationalistic nature; 
  • Against the backdrop of the changing news, new themes and organizers of events have emerged. To a large extent, the elections for the Mayor of Moscow have had an effect on the type of action. Nearly a quarter of events were related to Aleksei Navalny, the Moscow mayoral candidate: they accounted for 45.3% of the total number of arrests; 
  • There are documented cases of the application of the new administrative law against "the promotion of unconventional sexual relationships among adolescents", under 6.21 of the Administrative Code; 
  • Moscow still leads the field in the number of detentions and the number of events with detentions in comparison to other regions; 
  • In the regions activists are more widely subjected to administrative detention than in Moscow. 
  • In Moscow detentions are most common at events focused on social issues; in St. Petersburg at events related to nationalist issues and in support of political prisoners. From 1 July to September 30, 2013 in Moscow and the Moscow region at least 508 people were detained at 45 events. 
  • Compared with the previous quarter of 2013, the number of politically motivated arrests increased by 30% (from April to June 2013, 387 people were detained at 40 events). The average number of detentions at an event has increased from 9.7 to 11.3. 

In 2013, for the first time OVD-Info has included in its reports the statistics of detentions not only for Moscow and Moscow suburbs, but also some other cities: St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Voronezh and their respective regions. The selection of these cities was due to their relatively high level of street activity.

In contrast to Moscow and Moscow region, where the reports are mainly based on the information gathered directly by OVD-Info, in other regions the sources of information about politically motivated detentions are the reports by local activists and human rights groups, as well as media reports. 

· A detailed report with diagrams and charts

Translated by Graham Jones