Dirty rotten human rights advocates. Chechen woman who fled to Moscow women’s shelter is now smiling for TV cameras in Grozny, accusing ‘feminists’ of malicious ‘recruitment’

Earlier this week, the television station Grozny aired a 27-minute segment about a Chechen woman named Zaira Sugaipova, whom human rights advocates say was brought to Chechnya against her will by her parents after fleeing to a crisis center to escape a forced marriage. In the video, the woman answers questions from officials in Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s administration and says human rights advocates lied about her situation.

Prosecutors bring negligence charges against Moscow social workers for leaving a family with two fathers alone

On July 17, reports emerged that Russia’s Investigative Committee had opened a criminal negligence case against social workers employed by the Social Welfare Department of Moscow’s Maryino neighborhood. Investigators argued that the social workers had allowed two children to live with their same-sex adopted fathers to the detriment of the children’s well-being.

State Duma proposes limiting trips abroad for former FSB employees, allegedly for their own safety

A group of deputies representing United Russia, the dominant party in Russian politics, has proposed a bill in the State Duma that would prevent former FSB employees from leaving Russia for a limited time after they leave their positions. The bill, which would be implemented by the FSB itself, suggests prohibiting former agents from traveling outside the country until up to five years after they have left their jobs.

Sandwich vending machines poison 65 in Moscow

At least 65 people have experienced severe food poisoning after making purchases from Healthy Food brand vending machines in Moscow, according to regulators in the city’s branch of the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare. Moscow residents who ate food from the vending machines have been diagnosed with acute intestinal infections, including salmonella.

Three blocks lose power at Russian nuclear power plant

At the Kalininskaya Nuclear Power Plant in the north of Russia’s Tver region, three power units went offline on the morning of July 18. Representatives of the plant told the wire agency TASS that “background radiation levels are all in order” in the area and that “no damage has been done to the equipment” at the plant.

Stealing Russian elections. ‘Mediazona’ breaks down the technicalities used to block opposition candidates in Moscow and St. Petersburg

This September’s City Duma elections in Moscow were shaping up to be an interesting showdown between independent candidates and “unaffiliated” representatives of the authorities. Instead, election officials have closed the door on the opposition, refusing to register dozens of challengers. Supporters of the would-be candidates have protested the decision, but City Hall isn’t budging. In a report published by Mediazona, journalists David Frenkel and Maxim Litavrin summarize the excuses election officials in Moscow and St. Petersburg have offered for rejecting candidacy applications ahead of the upcoming elections.

It’s been more than a month since Ivan Golunov was framed, charged, and released. What’s happened to his story since?

On July 1, thirty leading Russian and international news outlets simultaneously published the report Ivan Golunov was working on just before his arrest. Journalists from seven Russian media sources had already begun working to complete the report before Golunov’s release. By July 16, about 2.5 million people had read Golunov’s exposé, which shed light on corruption and FSB ties in the Moscow funeral industry. 700,000 of those readers accessed the report on Meduza. Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said in early July that Kremlin officials had seen the article. He added that Russian intelligence services also “had the opportunity to familiarize themselves” with the report, which includes allegations of misconduct committed by intelligence operatives. Peskov said any further investigation of those claims is now “the prerogative of those agencies.” There have not yet been any other official responses to the report. However, shortly before it was published, Russia’s federal property registration agency altered its record of a luxury property belonging to Alexey Dorofeyev, the head of the FSB branch for Moscow and the Moscow region. Dorofeyev featured prominently in Golunov’s investigation. The deed for his property now lists “The Russian Federation” as its owner.