Rescue Ship Captain Arrested for Breaking Italian Blockade

The captain of a rescue ship carrying 40 people has been arrested for breaking an Italian naval blockade that was trying to stop her from docking the vessel in Lampedusa.
Source: theguardian.com

Hungary’s Government Has Passed a Law Allowing the State to Tighten its Control Over Scientific Research Bodies

The law strips the 200-year-old Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its network of 15 research bodies and hands them over to a committee. The committee’s chairman will be appointed by Hungarian PM Viktor Orban and half of its members will be selected by the government. Source: independent.co.uk


Sweden Smoking Ban Brings Smoke-Free Scandinavia A Step Closer

Smoking in Swedish bars and restaurants has been banned since 2005. Now the Scandinavian nation has introduced new laws limiting smoking in public places. From July 1, Swedes are not permitted to smoke in playgrounds, railway stations, and in outdoor sections of restaurants and bars.
Source: forbes.com


European Court Says Russia Violated Activists’ Right To Protest

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Russian state to pay 75,000 euros ($84,900) to nine activists detained at protest rallies in 2006, 2007, and 2010. The court's July 2 ruling said that in all nine cases the Russian authorities violated Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights that guarantees freedom of peaceful assembly.
Source: rferl.org


The Neo-Nazi Network Facing a Ban in Germany

Germany may soon ban the neo-Nazi group Combat 18 as a terrorist organization.
Source: dw.com


Two-thirds of Russians Said Planting Drugs by Police is a Common Practice

66% of respondents think that planting drugs by police and falsification of criminal cases have become a regular practice in today’s Russia. This is revealed in a survey by Levada Centre conducted in connection with the case of Ivan Golunov.
Source: meduza.io


Nearly one hundred complaints from Russian women handed to the ECtHR

Earlier the Russian Ministry of Justice announced that the ECtHR received only six such complaints for the period from 2010 to 2018. The Ministry's announcement was related to the European Court’s decision on the case of Valeria Volodina, who on 9 July 2019 was awarded 25,000 euro compensation for the police inaction and harassment from a former partner.
Source: svoboda.org


MPs Vote to Extend Abortion and Same-sex Marriage Rights to Northern Ireland

Westminster government has said it will honour both results despite ministerial doubts.
Source: theguardian.com


Moscow Authorities Use a Multilevel Surveillance System to Trace the Movement of the Capital’s Residents

Moscow’s vice-mayor Maksim Liksutov said that the municipality in Moscow develops a surveillance system based on the residents’ complaints, the data obtained from the legal taxi companies, photo- and video cameras, “Troika” public transport card and the data received from the mobile operators.
Source: bbc.com