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Week-ending 6 January 2017

Where is 
Ildar Dadin?

6 detained

Dmitry Ugai





Relatives dismissed


POC denied access to remand centre

Ildar Dadin
On 2/1 Lev Ponomarev, director of For Human Rights, and Aleksei Venediktov, editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy radio station, sent a letter to the Federal Penitentiary Service demanding the authorities reveal Dadin’s location. (The Moscow Times, 3/1)

On 4/1 police detained for about four hours six people who staged a protest in Moscow demanding the authorities disclose the whereabouts of jailed activist Ildar Dadin. (RFE/RL, 4/1)

‘Illegal missionary work’
On 6/1 reports said Dmitry Ugai, a yoga instructor, is to stand trial on 9/1 in St. Petersburg for ‘illegal missionary work’. (The Moscow Times, 6/1)

North Caucasus
On 31/12 the remains of 109 people, buried in two mass graves near Grozny and presumably killed during the first military campaign on the territory of Chechnya, were transported from Rostov to the Chechnya. (Caucasian Knot, 5/1)

On 1/1 security services said two armed men, identified as Magomed Sultanov and Anvar Gadjiev, were killed during a special operation in the village of Yaman-Su in Dagestan. (RFE/RL, Caucasian Knot, 1/1)

On 1/1 TV presenter Amir Kokurkhoev died in hospital from a stab wound, in what investigators called an act of ‘domestic violence’. On 1/5 police detained Ruslan Djamaldinov (father of Kokurkhoev’s neighbour Rizvan Kotiev, until then the main suspect), who, police said, confessed to the killing. On 5/1 local residents held a rally calling for the members of the family of Rizvan Kotiev to leave the village. (Caucasian Knot; 1/1, 5/1)

On 2/1 reports said relatives of Alvi Khakimov, a 24-year-old resident of the village of Nikolayevskaya in Chechnya who disappeared on 21/12, have filed a complaint with the authorities. (Caucasian Knot, 2/1)

On 4/1 reports said relatives of the suspected terrorists killed in the counterterrorist operation in Grozny on 17/12 and 18/12 have been dismissed from their jobs. (Caucasian Knot, 4/1)

On 5/1 the last of the detained relatives of the suspected terrorists who had been killed in the counterterrorist operation in Grozny on 17/12 and 18/12 were released from police custody. (Caucasian Knot, 5/1)

On 6/1 members of the Public Oversight Commission who had received a complaint about possible torture of a detainee at Makhachkala’s pre-trial detention facility No. 1 were not permitted to inspect the facility. (Caucasian Knot, 6/1)
Rights in Russia,
8 Jan 2017, 05:34