Legal Dialogue

12/06/2019

Russia Condemned Over Journalist’s Arrest

Ivan Golunov, reporter for an opposition-friendly news site, accused of drugs offenses that friends say are trumped-up. Golunov, 36, is the author of a number of hard-hitting reports on alleged corruption by Russian officials and government-linked businesspeople.   His arrest provoked pickets and protests in Russia. Three Russian newspapers came out with the same cover “I/We are Ivan Golunov”. It was reporter on Tuesday that the case against Golunov will be shut down due to a lack of evidence.
Source: politico.eu  
03/06/2019

Russian Version of Elton John Biopic Censors Gay Sex Scenes

Russia has deleted gay sex and drug scenes from the Russian-language version of a newly released Elton John biopic. It included gay sex and male kissing scenes, a photograph of John and his husband in the closing credits, with a caption saying that he ended up meeting his real love.
Source: themoscowtimes.com
03/06/2019

Hamburg Wants to Legalise ‘Dumpster Diving’ to Cut Food Waste

The city of Hamburg wants to legalise taking food from garbage bins — sometimes called ‘dumpster diving’ or ‘freecycling’ — in an effort to reduce food waste.
Source: euronews.com
03/06/2019

Russian Company Criticised for Paying Female Staff to Wear Skirts

A Russian company has been heavily criticised for offering female employees cash bonuses to wear skirts or dresses to work. Female staff who wear a dress or skirt "no longer than five centimetres from the knee" are paid 100 roubles (€1,37) on top of their regular wages.
Source: bbc.com
03/06/2019

Berlin Cyclists Take Over Streets to Demand More Space for Bikes

Tens of thousands of cyclists have taken over the streets of Berlin as part of a campaign to make the city more bike-friendly.
Source: dw.com
28/05/2019

Pupils With Special Educational Needs to Stage Funding Protests

Children and families will hold marches this week in 25 towns across England over funding cuts they say have left many pupils without adequate support and unable to attend school.
Source: theguardian.com
28/05/2019

Russian Journalists Quit En Masse as Censorship Scandal Hits Kommersant

The entire political department of Russia’s Kommersant business publication resigned in solidarity with two veteran journalists at the newspaper who said they had been forced to step down.
Source: themoscowtimes.com
28/05/2019

Russian Youth Activists Strike for Climate Action Despite Government Resistance

In at least five Russian cities, young activists joined a worldwide strike to push for action on the global climate crisis. While the Fridays For Future climate action movement and its activists reported mass school strikes in more than 1,350 cities and 110 countries, the Russian movement has faced pushback from a government reluctant to approve public protests.
Source: meduza.io
28/05/2019

EU Citizens Denied Vote in European Elections to Sue UK Government

The government is facing the prospect of being sued by campaigners for EU citizens in the UK and British nationals abroad who were denied a vote in the European Parliament elections.
Source: theguardian.com