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20 February 2017

posted by Rights in Russia   [ updated ]

Ominous arrest of a Crimean Tatar activist and claims of training in sabotage & terrorism
Russian FSB border guards are reported to have arrested a young Crimean Tatar, described in most pro-Kremlin media as a ‘saboteur’ and member of the ‘Asker Battalion’. Since Seit-Ibraim Zaitullaev is currently charged ‘only’ with attempting to cross what Russia calls its ‘state border’ and was arrested much earlier, it is possible that he is being used in Russia’s ongoing attempts to present the Asker civic formation as a terrorist organization. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [Halya Coynash - 20 February 2017]

Blogger who was catching pokemons in Orthodox church appeals his detention in ECHR
Videoblogger Ruslan Sokolovsky who was catching pokemons in a Yekaterinburg church via Pokemon Go app has appealed his detention in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), lawyer Aleksey Bushmakov published on his Facebook account. Sokolovsky is charged with incitement of hatred, violation of religious rights and illegal possession of special technical means intended for obtaining secret information. Investigation into Sokolovsky was completed and indictment was transferred to the Verkh-Isetsky District Court of Yekaterinburg. [...]

Source: RAPSI [20 February 2017]

Hermitage Capital CEO again arrested in absentia by Russian court
Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court again issued an arrest warrant in absentia for Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder, RAPSI learnt from the court's press-service on Monday. The court's press service did not give any details of the case. [...] 

Source: RAPSI [20 February 2017]

Gukovo miners threaten authorities with new hunger strike
Workers of the “Zamchalovsky Anthracite", one of the companies of the "Kingcoal" group, said at the picket in Gukovo that they have received no wage debts from the start of the year. According to the protesters, should the authorities fail to resume payments, they will begin a mass hunger strike. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that workers of the "Kingcoal" bankrupt group of companies have been holding, from the spring of 2016, regular protest actions in Gukovo and Rostov-on-Don demanding to pay wage debts and give out the ration coal. Since August 22, 2016, “Kingcoal” miners have been holding a hunger strike in Gukovo. They were hunger-striking at home, but regularly went out to protest actions. On September 27, 2016, the hunger strike was stopped. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [17 February 2017]

Evkurov announces women's council of killed militants’ widows
Ingushetia will set up a public council involving militants’ widows, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, the head of Ingushetia, has announced today, adding that the council will deal with adaptation of family members of killed militants to peaceful life. "I gave an instruction to create a women's public council or organization, which will include, inter alia, widows of murdered and the wanted members of the bandit underground and other criminals, so that they (widows) were adapted to social life,” said Yunus-Bek Evkurov, stressing the importance of adapting former militants’ children and noting the work of local authorities with the relatives of those, who are wanted or are in jail. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [17 February 2017]

Krasnodar farmer-activist Volchenko report closure of case against him
Suspicions of bribe-giving have been lifted from Alexei Volchenko, the leader of the movement "Polite Farmers”. Now, he is a witness in a new criminal case, this time initiated against the alleged intermediary of a bribe transfer, said Volchenko and his advocate. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Alexei Volchenko was detained on February 15 within the case on giving a bribe to doctors for getting a medical certificate for his father. According to Volchenko, he agreed with the investigator, that he would meet the mediator, who had demanded a bribe for making a certificate; then, this mediator would be detained. However, in the end, Volchenko himself was detained, although he had given no money. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [17 February 2017]

17 February 2017

posted 17 Feb 2017, 14:24 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Feb 2017, 14:24 ]

Trial Postponed For Crimean Journalist Charged With Separatism
A preliminary hearing into the "separatism" case against journalist Mykola Semena, an RFE/RL contributor who has angered Moscow over his reporting, has been postponed. Semena, who has been charged by the Moscow-backed authorities, was to have a preliminary hearing in Simferopol, Ukraine, on February 17 but it has been moved to February 28, RFE/RL's Crimea Realities reported. The postponement of the hearing was reportedly due to one of Semena's lawyers not being able to prepare for the hearing because his computer had previously been confiscated and only returned to him on February 17. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [17 February 2017]

Navalny appeals new sentence in Kirovles embezzlement case
Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny and his accomplice Pyotr Ofitserov have appealed their new sentences in Kirovles embezzlement case, RAPSI learnt from Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev. On February 8, Navalny was found guilty of organizing embezzlement at the Kirovles timber company and received a 5-year suspended sentence, while another defendant in the case, Pyotr Ofitserov, received a 4-year suspended sentence. Additionally, they were fined 500,000 rubles ($8,500) each. According to Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, he has already paid the 500,000-ruble fine in the case following the first trial. The court held that their guilt had been proven. [...]

Source: RAPSI [17 February 2017]

Additional protocol on extradition ratified by State Duma
Russian State Duma has ratified the Fourth Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition. Protocol signed on February 24, 2015 in Strasburg introduces amendments for a number of provisions in the Convention in order to adapt it to modern requirements. The provisions are related to such issues as expiry of the limitation period, the order of registration of extradition requests and additional documents, the transit procedure and subsequent extradition of a person to a third country. According to the protocol, request for extradition can’t be refused on the ground that a person may not be prosecuted or punished in the requested country because of lapse of time for potential crime. [...]
Source: RAPSI [17 February 2017] 

MSF inquiry indicates Russia was behind hospital bombing in Syria
An investigation commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) bolsters its claim that Russian and Syrian forces were responsible for the deadly bombing last year of a hospital it was supporting in northern Syria. Video and photographic images captured by medical staff, activists and members of the public were pored over by a UK-based research agency hired by the organisation to look into the attack, which took place on 15 February last year and claimed the lives of 25 people.A video released by MSF to bolster its claims that Russian and Syrian forces bombed a hospital supported by the aid group last year. While Russia denied claims that its forces were responsible for the bombing of the Maaret al-Numan hospital in Idlib province, the aid group said that the digital material confirmed the attack was carried out by the Russians, working in tandem with the Syrian regime. [...]
Source: The Guardian [17 February 2017]

Russia has more than torture to hide in FSB’s ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur Plot’
Russia’s FSB seem bent on preventing any contact with imprisoned Ukrainians Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei. The two men were illegally taken to Moscow after the European Court of Human Rights forced the FSB to allow Panov’s lawyer to see him and Panov immediately retracted his ‘confession’, describing in detail the torture used to obtain it. In Moscow they prevented Panov from seeing any member of his family, or even speaking with them by telephone. They have clearly now understood that this is not enough secrecy and have moved the two men back to Crimea where even the Ukrainian consul will not be able to visit them. It is increasingly evident that the FSB have a great deal to conceal, including indications that the victims of its ‘Crimean saboteur’ plot were selected in advance and enticed into a trap. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [17 February 2017]

Strasbourg to rule if Russia can ban Crimean Tatar Mejlis for opposing its occupation of Crimea
Ukraine is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over its ban of the Mejlis or representative assembly of the Crimean Tatar People. Russia’s criminalization of the self-governing body of the main indigenous people of Crimea has been described as “a hostile act against the Crimean Tatars” and as a new low for Russia. The Mejlis has clearly been declared ‘extremist’ because of its opposition to Russian occupation, so it seems inconceivable that the Court in Strasbourg will not find Russia in grave violation of the European Convention. The problem is chiefly the time taken to consider such cases, during which still more members of the Mejlis are likely to face imprisonment or other forms of repression. Pavlo Petrenko, Ukraine’s Justice Minister announced on Feb 9 that the application was being agreed with the Mejlis before being formally lodged. It will be the sixth inter-state suit brought by Ukraine against Russia over the latter’s invasion and annexation of Crimea and its military aggression in Donbas. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [17 February 2017]

Economic Crisis Increases Return of Adopted Children in Russia
The number of adoptive families in Russia's northern Komi Republic dropped by nearly one hundred in 2016, the region's Deputy Labor Minister Alexei Zezegov said at a local government meeting on Wednesday. Families are returning adopted children to the region's orphanages, Zezegov explained, because they don't have enough money to raise them. On average, the children being returned are 12-years-old, the official said. In 2015, 1930 families housed adopted children in Komi. By 2016, that figure had fallen to1843, local media reported. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [17 February 2017]

16 February 2017

posted 16 Feb 2017, 11:25 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Feb 2017, 11:30 ]

Crimean Journalist's Trial To Start In Simferopol
Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena, an RFE/RL contributor accused of separatism in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian region of Crimea, is preparing to face trial. Semena's lawyer, Andrei Sabinin, said on February 14 that preliminary hearings into the case will be held by the Zaliznychnyy district court in Crimea's capital, Simferopol, on February 17. The journalist's other lawyer, Emil Kurbedinov, told RFE/RL on February 8 that the actual trial for Semena will start on February 28. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 February 2017]

Russia's 'Big Brother' Law Facing Delays
Controversial anti-terror legislation requiring Russian mobile phone providers to record users' messages and phone calls could be delayed until 2019. New laws forcing companies to store customers’ messages, photos and videos for at least six months were due to come into force on July 1, 2018. The change will instead allow operators to implement the law step-by-step in order to help them offset the legislation's massive costs, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Thursday. [...] 

Source: The Moscow Times [16 February 2017]

Support in Russia for bloody dictator Joseph Stalin at record high
The latest Levada Centre survey has found a record number of Russian citizens with a positive attitude to murderous Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin. If in 2001, soon after Vladimir Putin first became President, the majority of Russians were still negative in their assessment, in January 2017 46% viewed him “with admiration, respect, or liking” (4%, 32% and 10%, respectively). The results reflect a general trend in Russia towards ‘rehabilitation’ of the Soviet tyrant and increasing silence about his victims. They are hardly surprising when Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky has spoken positively of the place the dictator holds in the country’s memory and Olga Vasilyeva, Putin’s recent choice for Education Minister, is known for an extremely specific view on Stalin and for remarks denying the number of his victims. The reappearance of portraits and busts of Stalin reached a crescendo in 2015 around events marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, and it is interesting that the results show an even more positive view now. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [16 February 2017]

Check of application on Geriev’s kidnapping resumed for the fifth time
Today, the Investigating Department (ID) for Chechnya of the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) has cancelled its earlier refusal to open a criminal case against the power agents, who had kidnapped Zhalaudi Geriev, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, threatened him with death and planted drugs on him, said the advocate Alaudi Musaev. On December 28, 2016, the Chechen Supreme Court upheld the verdict to Zhalaudi Geriev, who on September 5, 2016, was sentenced by the Shali District Court to three years of imprisonment on the charge of possession of marijuana. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on December 26, 2016, the investigator Bakaev refused to open a criminal case against the operative agents, who, according to Geriev’s defence, kidnapped him and planted drugs on him. On January 11, the above ID of the ICRF issued a refusal to open a criminal case and appointed a new procedural check. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 February 2017]

HRC "Memorial" asks GPO to interfere in case of Abdurakhmanov, native of Chechnya
The Chechen Prosecutor's Office ignores complaints of Tumsu Abdurakhmanov, a resident of the republic, about his unlawful persecution by the Chechen police, Alexander Cherkasov, the Chairman of the Board of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial", said in his appeal to the General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO) of Russia. Tumsu Abdurakhmanov asserts that he is prosecuted because of his conflict with a high-ranking relative of the head of Chechnya. Earlier, Abdurakhmanov told the "Caucasian Knot" about it. He claims that he had to leave Chechnya for Georgia "after threats received from a high-ranking relative of Ramzan Kadyrov" and "fabrication of a criminal case about his participation in foreign illegal armed formations in Syria." However, the Ministry for Refugees' Matters of Georgia refused to grant political asylum to Tumsu Abdurakhmanov. According to the HRC "Memorial", Abdurakhmanov had earlier "repeatedly sent applications about his unlawful criminal prosecution to the Russia’s GPO. The applications were redirected to the Chechen Prosecutor's Office, which ignored them, the edition "Kavkaz.Realii" (Realities of the Caucasus) reports today with reference to the HRC "Memorial". [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 February 2017]

Krasnodar farmers report detention of Alexei Volchenko
According to Oleg Petrov, a farmer, today, Alexei Volchenko, the leader of the "Polite Farmers” movement, was detained by law enforcers. "I managed to call him and talked to him for a few minutes, he said that he’s suspected of bribing a medic," Oleg Petrov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. The farmer has noted that "he knows no details of Volchenko’s detention." When Petrov called him, Alexei said that "some unknown man came to him and offered to make some medical certificate for money." "Volchenko said he lodged an application to the police about the man, but in the end he was detained himself," said Petrov. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 February 2017]

Chechnya: detainees’ relatives have no information about them for over a month
Relatives of the young people, detained in January in the Kurchaloi and Shali Districts of Chechnya, state that they have no information about their whereabouts and fate. The police refused to specify the number of detainees and stated the ongoing investigation. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that residents of Chechnya reported mass detentions in eight dwelling settlements of the republic after the armed clash on January 11 in the village of Tsotsi-Yurt of the Kurchaloi District. Relatives say that they have no information about the detainees’ whereabouts. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 February 2017]

15 February 2017

posted 15 Feb 2017, 11:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Feb 2017, 14:00 ]

Russia Imposes New Fines on Internet Providers That Don't Block Banned Sites
A new law passed by Russia's Federation Council will set fines for internet providers who fail to block banned internet content. According to the law, companies that do not restrict access to websites blacklisted by Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor will be required to pay up to a 100,000-ruble ($1,738) fine. Public officials who fail to implement Roskomnadzor rulings will face a penalty of up to 5,000 rubles ($86). And private entrepreneurs will face a fine of up to 30,000 rubles ($519). [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [15 February 2017]

Russian Authorities Report Shortages of HIV Meds in 20 Regions
Russia's Roszdravnadzor healthcare watchdog has uncovered a shortage of critical HIV medications in 20 Russian regions, the state TASS news agency reported Wednesday. Each of the regions in question lacks three to five different types of medication, Roszdravnadzor's spokesperson told TASS. The shortages come after Russia altered state procedures for purchasing HIV medications in a bid to provide more patients with treatment. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [15 February 2017]

Russian Police Abandon Investigation Into Attack on Journalists in Chechnya
Russian police have suspended their investigation into an attack on a group of journalists and human rights activists in Chechnya. The journalists' lawyer, Andrey Sabinin, said on Wednesday that the case had instead been closed due to a lack of leads. A gang of masked men attacked the group's minibus as it traveled close to the border between Chechnya and Ingushetia in Russia's North Caucasus in March 2016. The journalists — including Russian, Swedish and Norwegian nationals — had been traveling with activists from the Committee for the Prevention of Torture to interview torture victims and their families. Many had reported being followed by cars with Chechen number plates. The attack left activists hospitalized with broken bones and the group's vehicle was torched. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [15 February 2017]

Victims demand $745,000 from alleged organizer of 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis
Victims in the case over hostage taking at the Dubrovka theater in southeast Moscow in 2002 that left 130 dead have demanded 43 million rubles (about $745,000) from Khasan Zakayev, an alleged mastermind of the terrorist attack, lawyer Maria Kurakina told RAPSI on Wednesday. There are 912 injured persons in the criminal case. Earlier, injured persons lodged several claims seeking 27 million rubles ($467,600) in compensation from Zakayev. During the Wednesday hearing four more lawsuits demanding 16 million rubles ($277,100) were filed. [...]

Source: RAPSI [15 February 2017]

Advocate claims theft of documents in Boris Nemtsov's case
Today, at the beginning of the court hearing in the case of the Boris Nemtsov's murder, Zaurbek Sadakhanov, a lawyer of defendant Khamzat Bakhaev, has reported that unidentified criminals broke a window in his car and stole a bag and all the documents in the case, reports the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Boris Nemtsov was killed on February 27, 2015, in Moscow. The defendants in his murder case are Zaur Dadaev, brothers Anzor and Shagid Gubashev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhaev. Investigators consider Ruslan Mukhudinov, the driver of Ruslan Geremeev, to be both the customer and the organizer of the murder; Geremeev himself figures in the case as a witness. Advocates of the family of the slain politician insist that Geremeev must be charged. According to Zaurbek Sadakhanov, the criminals stole a hard drive with all the information in the case and the audio record of all the court hearings. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 February 2017]

Defence denied Crimean Tatar leader on trial for saying Russia must leave Crimea
In a move as predictable, as it is lawless, Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has been deprived of his defence lawyer Nikolai Polozov. The Crimean Supreme Court under Russian occupation rejected Polozov’s appeal against a ruling allowing Polozov to be interrogated as a ‘witness’ in Umerov’s case. Any connection Polozov has with Umerov is linked with his professional role as defence lawyer and the ‘witness status’ is needed for one purpose alone, namely to prevent him from defending his client. This has now been achieved in a way that Umerov says confirms the total lawlessness of the country which has come to his land. [...]

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [author: Halya Coynash; 15 February 2017]

In Rostov-on-Don, defendant in case of planned terror act goes on hunger strike
The North-Caucasian District Military Court has dismissed several motions filed by Ukrainian citizen Arthur Panov, charged of plotting a terror act in the centre of Rostov-on-Don. After that, the defendant declared the beginning of a dry indefinite hunger strike. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Arthur Panov, who came to Rostov-on-Don from Ukraine in November 2015, was detained on December 5, 2015. He was charged with preparing a terror act. At the court hearing held on February 14, Arthur Panov filed a motion to recognize him a prisoner of war and demanded to transfer the trial in his case to Moscow. Besides, the defendant has also requested not to keep him in a "cage" during court hearings because of his disease. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 February 2017]

Rights defenders urge to transfer Aslan Cherkesov to Caucasian colony
Aslan Cherkesov, a native of Nalchik, convicted for murdering a football fan Yegor Sviridov, is tortured in jail, his mother told rights defenders. Today, the Kabardino-Balkarian regional human rights centre has posted an appeal on its website to the head of the republic Yuri Kokov, containing the story of Sonya Cherkesova about the situation of her son. "It follows from Sonya Cherkesova’s statement that during serving his prison term, her son is systematically subjected to illegal treatment with the use of torture and physical abuse," rights defenders say.  [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [14 February 2017]

14 February 2017

posted 14 Feb 2017, 12:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Feb 2017, 12:25 ]

Russian Court Saves North Korean Defector From Deportation
A court in Russia's Leningrad region dismissed the case against Choi Myung-bok, a North Korean defector set to be deported for violating migration laws, the Memorial human rights group reported Monday. Choi no longer faces deportation to North Korea, where he would most likely be executed for fleeing the labor camp he was sent to. He plans to apply for official refugee status once again. Choi, 54, lives in a small town in the Leningrad region with his Russian partner and their two children. In 1999, North Korean authorities sent him to a labor camp in the Russian Far Eastern Amur region, which he fled in 2002. In 2015-2016 Choi applied for refugee status, but Russian migration authorities turned him down. On Jan. 31, Choi was summoned to a local police station, in order to sign papers that would help him with his refugee application, he was told. Instead, he was accused of violating migration laws. A local court ordered his deportation and sent him to a pre-deportation detention center. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [14 February 2017]

ECtHR prohibits Russia from deporting Syrian citizen for visa violation
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday announced its ruling prohibiting Russian authorities from deporting Syrian citizen back to his home country and ruled to compensate him with €7,500 in moral damages. Syrian citizen, only known as S.K., came to Russia in October of 2011 on a temporary business visa. Later, he married a woman and in 2013 he became a father. In February 2015, a Russian court found him guilty of staying in the country beyond the expiry of his visa. He was ordered to pay a fine and to be deported from Russia. [...]

Source: RAPSI [14 February 2017]

Russian court upholds detention of Ukrainian journalist charged with spying
The Moscow City Court has upheld a ruling of the Lefortovsky District Court extending detention of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who stands charged with espionage, RAPSI reported from the courtroom on Tuesday. The court has dismissed an appeal filed by journalist’s legal defense. The case was considered behind closed doors, Sushchenko is to stay in detention until April 30. [...]
Source: RAPSI [14 February 2017]

Sentence of Hizb ut-Tahrir member upheld by Russian Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of Russia has upheld a 5-year prison sentence delivered to the resident of Dagestan, Girey Aminov, for participation in activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization banned in Russia, the court’s press office told RAPSI on Tuesday. Aminov was convicted and sentenced on December 5, 2016. He appealed the ruling. The Supreme Court therefor has dismissed Aminov’s appeal against the North Caucasus District Military Court’s decision. [...]

Source: RAPSI [14 February 2017]

In Rostov-on-Don, Court starts retrial of case against unit of "Hizb ut-Tahrir"
In Rostov-on-Don, the North-Caucasian District Military Court has launched a re-trial in the case against Ruslan Zeitullaev, who is charged of creating in Crimea of a regional unit of the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", banned in Russia. The "Caucasian Knot" has informed that on September 7, 2016, the North-Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don pronounced verdicts of guilty in the cases against Ruslan Zeitullaev, Ferat Saifulaev, Rustem Vaitov, and Nuri Primov. They were found guilty of involvement in the terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir" banned in Russia and of creating in Crimea of its unit. The defendants were sentenced to five years of imprisonment. On December 27, 2016, the Supreme Court (SC) of the Russian Federation cancelled the verdict to Ruslan Zeitullaev and sent the case for re-trial. On February 13, the North-Caucasian District Military Court held a hearing in the case against Ruslan Zeitullaev. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [14 February 2017]

Chechen Prosecutor's Office removes report about case against author of humorous video about Koran
The Prosecutor's Office of Chechnya has announced launching the investigation into the case of incitement to hatred or enmity against blogger Ilya Davydov who shot a humorous video about the Koran. The blogger himself claimed having no opportunity to carry out broadcasts on the Internet. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on February 3, the Chechen Prosecutor's Office demanded to bring blogger Ilya Davydov, also known as Maddison, to criminal responsibility for the stage performance with jokes about the Koran and the Bible, dated back to the year of 2012. YouTube published the humorous presentation of Ilya "Maddison" Davidov "The joke about the Koran" with duration of 2 minutes and 6 seconds. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [14 February 2017]

Dagestani’s relatives state his kidnapping by power agents
Said Saipudinov, a resident of the neighbourhood Shamkhal of Makhachkala, was kidnapped by armed men in masks, his relatives told the "Caucasian Knot". According to Gavsula Saipudinov, his son was kidnapped in Shamkhal in the morning on February 12. The father asserts that he had witnessed the kidnapping of his son. "On Sunday, around 7:30 a.m., unknown armed people broke into my son’s house. Some of them were in masks; several of them were in police uniform; and three others were in civilian clothes. They showed no IDs and said that they would make a search, but failed to show a search warrant," Gavsula Saipudinov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. The masked men "turned everything upside down in the house, but found nothing illegal," said the father. "The search lasted for about an hour; then, they took away Said with them, but failed to explain why. They said that he would be taken to one of the police stations," said Gavsula Saipudinov. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [13 February 2017]

13 February 2017

posted 13 Feb 2017, 12:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 12:49 ]

Russians Protest Decriminalization Of Some Domestic Violence
Activists demonstrated in Moscow on February 12 to protest a new law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence in Russia. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [13 February 2017]

Chairman of Russian State Duma Wants Law to Protect President's “Honor”
Vyacheslav Volodin, Putin’s former deputy chief of staff and current chairman of the state Duma, would support a law that protects the honor and dignity of the Russian president. During a speech at a university in Tatarstan, Volodin said the laws were necessary and that other country's had already implemented similar regulations. “The entire international experience shows that these laws are not only necessary but they already exist everywhere,” he said. The chairman of the Duma cited an example in the United States where, according to Volodin, four people were imprisoned for offending Barack Obama back in 2015. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [13 February 2017]

Convicted opposition activist Dadin seeks review of his case
Russian activist Ildar Dadin sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for numerous violations of protest laws has filed a motion with the Supreme Court to reconsider his case, RAPSI learnt in the court on Monday. Dadin is the first person convicted under the Criminal Code’s Article on repeated violations committed during rallies. On February 10, Russia’s Constitutional Court held that Dadin’s case must be reviewed. However, the contested Article of Russia’s Criminal Code was declared not contradictory to the Constitution. [...]

Source: RAPSI [13 February 2017]

Russian government commission approves bill on blocking mirror websites
The government commission for legislative drafting activities has approved a bill on blocking mirror websites containing illegal information, according to the Cabinet’s statement. The bill was drafted based on examination of practice of blocking forever websites, which repeatedly and illegally distributed information containing objects of copyright and (or) related rights or information required for their procurement with the use of data telecommunications networks. The examination revealed some deficiencies including inapplicability of prompt measures regarding automatically created “mirrors” of the blocked websites. [...]
Source: RAPSI [13 February 2017]

Woman sentenced for sharing video turns down pardon in favor of other inmates
Evgeniya Chudnovetz, kindergarten teacher, who was sentenced for distribution of pornography by sharing video in a social network, will not seek out pardon, lawyer Aleksey Bushmakov wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. Friend of Chudnovetz, Andrey Myasnikov, confirmed this information on his account. “I turn down pardon in favor of three girls who were sentenced for long terms, they were separated from their children,” Chudnovetz said, according to Myasnikov. [...]

Source: RAPSI [13 February 2017]

Geriev’s defence states protraction of examining his application on kidnapping
The recheck of the application of Zhalaudi Geriev, a "Caucasian Knot"correspondent, about his kidnapping and use of violence last for a month already instead of 10 days prescribed by the law, said the advocate Alaudi Musaev. Two cassation appeals against the verdict have been also filed by two other advocates involved in the trial. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 28, 2016, the Supreme Court (SC) of Chechnya upheld the verdict to Zhalaudi Geriev, passed on September 5, 2016, by the Shali District Court, which sentenced him to three years in prison on charges of possessing marijuana. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [11 February 2017]

10 February 2017

posted 10 Feb 2017, 10:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Feb 2017, 11:23 ]

Russian Court Says Dadin's Case To Be Reviewed, Criminal Code To be Amended
The case of imprisoned Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin is to be reviewed and the article in the Criminal Code under which he was convicted is to be amended, the country's Constitutional Court has ruled. The court made the decision on February 10 in a second session after adjourning its first hearing last month without announcing a ruling. Dadin, 34, was convicted in December 2015 for participating in illegal demonstrations and is currently serving a 2 1/2-year sentence at a prison in the Altai Krai region in southwestern Siberia. He was the first person convicted under a controversial Criminal Code article criminalizing participation in more than one unsanctioned protest in a 180-day period. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [10 February 2017]

6 Signs There’s No Such Thing as Internet Freedom in Russia
The international human rights group Agora says Russian authorities have declared war on the Internet
Writing about Crimea, Ukraine, Syria or religion on social media in Russia has become a dangerous business. Saying — or typing — the wrong thing on the internet could now land you a harsher sentence than if you beat your wife. The most recent report on Internet and media freedom in Russia released by the Agora international human rights group paints a bleak picture. Since the beginning of 2015, at least 47 people have been imprisoned for their statements online. Many more saw their websites and blogs classified as extremist or blocked by the government. Others received threats or were subjected to physical violence after expressing their views online. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [10 February 2017]

Independent Russian Radio Station Ekho Moskvy Facing Government Closure
Independent Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy faces closure within five days if it doesn’t comply with demands from Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor. The government agency requested documents from the media outlet proving its compliance with Russian ownership laws, station chief Alexei Venediktov said on Friday. Laws restricting foreign ownership in the media came into force in Russia on Jan. 1, 2016. Foreign citizens – and Russians who hold dual citizenship – are not allowed to found media companies or hold more than 20 percent share. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [10 February 2017] 

Internet providers to face fines for failure to block websites with banned information
The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has adopted in the third and final reading a bill introducing fines for Internet providers failed to restrict access to websites containing information banned in Russia. The blacklist of websites was launched in Russia on November 1, 2012. [...]

Sourcee: RAPSI [10 February 2017]

State Duma passes bill on perpetual privatization of housing
The State Duma has passed in the third reading a bill removing time limit for free privatization of housing for all Russian citizens. According to current legislation, privatization of housing was to end on March 1, 2017. [...]

Source: RAPSI [10 February 2017]

Relatives of detained resident of Ingushetia cannot locate him
Today, Mikail Kartoev, a resident of Malgobek, was detained by power agents and taken away to some unknown place, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" has reported; Mukharbek Kartoev, the detainee’s father, has appealed to the HRC for help. According to the father, in the morning their house was approached by some 50 armed men in masks. "They didn’t introduce themselves and didn’t show their IDs... They read out a resolution about conducting a search; but failed to show the document to the Kartoevs," says the report of the HRC "Memorial". According to Mukharbek Kartoev, Mikail’s wife "saw power agents putting something into his pocket," and after he found the object in his pocket, "they handcuffed him and took out a grenade." After the search, they put the detainee into a car without number plates and drove away. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [9 February 2017]

Court leaves Imam Velitov under house arrest
Today, the Moscow City Court (MCC) has upheld the extension of house arrest of Makhmud Velitov, the Imam of the Moscow "Yardyam" Mosque, accused of public justification of terrorism in his words about Abdulla Gappaev, who was killed in Dagestan. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that Imam Velitov was detained on July 11, 2016, and charged with public justification of terrorism, which investigators found in Imam’s statements of the Dagestani cleric Gappaev, who was killed on September 16, 2013, in Kizlyar.

Source: Caucasian Knot [9 February 2017]

Zhalaudi Geriev's defence files appeal against verdict
Today, advocates Alaudi Musaev and Nadezhda Ermolaeva have filed to the Presidium of the Supreme Court (SC) of the Chechen Republic an appeal in the case against Zhalaudi Geriev, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. The defence requests to cancel the verdict pronounced by the Shali District Court and the decision of the judicial board on criminal cases of the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic to leave the sentence without changes. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the defence described the decision pronounced by the Chechen SC in the Zhalaudi Geriev's case as illegal. The advocates, who filed the appeal against the verdict to Zhalaudi Geriev, described the judicial board of the Chechen Supreme Court as qualified, but "constrained." [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [9 February 2017]

9 February 2017

posted 9 Feb 2017, 12:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Feb 2017, 12:01 ]

Ukrainian librarian under Russian house arrest takes case to court of human rights
Natalya Sharina, a Ukrainian librarian held under house arrest in Russia since October 2015, has taken her case to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg. Since her arrest in 2015, the Russian authorities have extended the order for Sharina, director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow, to be detained at home repeatedly, despite calls for her release. In a move roundly condemned by human rights groups, Sharina went on trial in November 2016 for incitement by stocking books banned in Russia and labelled extremist and “anti-Russian propaganda”. Three weeks after the trial began, embezzlement was added to the list of charges. If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison. [...]
Source: The Guardian [9 February 2017]

Frustrated Siberians Take On Russia's Justice System
Olga Linkova is desperate and angry. Her husband, Maksim Khakhlev, is serving a four-year sentence in a Siberian prison. He was found guilty in October of beating soldiers, a conviction on charges the couple says were completely fabricated and upheld by a sham trial. "The prosecutors didn't bring a single victim to court," Linkova tells RFE/RL's Russian Service. "There were a lot of procedural violations at the trial," she says. "One of the most glaring was that he was given a court-appointed lawyer even though he had his own attorney; the judges purposely scheduled a hearing for a day when the [defendant's chosen] attorney couldn't show up, and when he wasn't there, they replaced him." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 February 2017]

Russian Tsar's Love Life Sparks Cinema Censorship Row
Months before its release, the film "Mathilde" has Orthodox activists crying blasphemy
A graceful ballet dancer glides across the stage. Suddenly, the shoulder strap on her outfit gives way, revealing — just for a brief moment — a naked breast. In the audience, a man drops his opera glasses in shock. He is Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar. The film “Mathilde,” which tells the story of a love affair between Polish ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska and the young tsar, will hit the big screen in October. But scenes like this one, featured in the trailer, have already sparked tensions between Orthodox believers and the Russian arts establishment. The heart of the issue is that Nicholas II and his family — killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918 — were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000. Some say that depicting them in a less-than-holy light is an attack on a saint. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [9 February 2017]

Russian Activists Arrested Protesting Putin's Closest Oligarch Ally
Twelve activists have been arrested outside the offices of Russian oil giant Rosneft in central Moscow. Members of nationalist-Bolshevik group The Other Russia were detained by police while distributing leaflets condemning the "extravagant income" of company CEO Igor Sechin. They were later released and charged with holding an illegal rally. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [9 February 2017]

Ukrainian jailed for insistence that Crimea is Ukraine declared a political prisoner
A Crimean for whom the words of Ukraine’s national anthem about “laying down life and soul for our freedom” are his credo in life has become the latest political prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea. The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre’s statement declaring Volodymyr Balukh a political prisoner and demanding his release came as the Ukrainian farmer spent his 45th birthday jailed on overtly absurd charges. The Crimean Human Rights Group has also launched a campaign in support of “a strong and courageous man, a Ukrainian who continued flying the Ukrainian flag, despite persecution and who openly states to everybody that Crimea is part of Ukraine.  Memorial HRC has given a blistering assessment of the charges against Balukh who was arrested on Dec 8, 2016 and charged with illegal possession of ammunition. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [9 February 2017]

Russia’s Supreme Court upholds sentence for Hizb ut-Tahrir member
Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld a 6-year prison term and a 55,800-ruble ($938) fine given to Marcel Gabbasov for participating in activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization banned in Russia, RAPSI learnt from the court’s press service on Thursday. The court thus dismissed an appeal filed by Gabbasov against the Privolzhsky District Military Court’s judgment issued on October 31, 2016. The sentence has become effective. [...]
Source: RAPSI [9 February 2017]

Lawyer Sergey Zemtsov attacked, Kuban farmers report
Lawyer Sergey Zemtsov, who represents the interests of participants of the "tractor march", has been attacked this night. This was reported by Alexei Volchenko, the leader of the Kuban farmers' movement "Polite Farmers". The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on January 25, the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) instituted a criminal case of fraud with lease of land plots against Nikolai Borodin, a participant of the Kuban farmers' tractor march, and Elena Petrova, a wife of another participant of the "tractor march". Nikolai Borodin has suggested that they are prosecuted for their involvement in the protests. The defence has appealed against the criminal case, reports Sergey Zemtsov, a blogger and a lawyer. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [8 February 2017]

Two Chechens detained in Austria face deportation
All 22 natives of Chechnya detained in Austria sought refugee status. Two of them left under arrest are refused of asylum, and they face deportation. In Austria, many Chechen refugees have failed to integrate into the local society, and appearance of their names in the criminal chronicle is of high interest to local media. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on February 3, 22 natives of Chechnya were detained in Vienna. According to local media, the detainees were checked for involvement in terrorist activities. Twenty people were released on recognizance not to leave, while two others were left in custody. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [8 February 2017]

8 February 2017

posted 8 Feb 2017, 13:28 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Feb 2017, 13:39 ]

Kremlin critic in coma was 'poisoned by undefined substance'
A prominent Kremlin critic and Russian opposition figure who has been in a coma since last week has been diagnosed with “acute poisoning by an undefined substance”, his wife has said. Vladimir Kara-Murza, 35, who works for Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia foundation, had been in Russia to screen a documentary film about his friend Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader and former deputy prime minister who was gunned down near the Kremlin in 2015. Kara-Murza was about to fly back to the US for his daughter’s eighth birthday when he woke up at 5am on Thursday with an accelerated heartbeat and difficulty breathing. He remained in a stable but critical condition on Tuesday in a medically induced coma, his wife, Yevgeniya, said. [...]
Source: The Guardian [8 February 2017]

Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader found guilty of embezzlement
A court has handed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny a five year suspended prison sentence after finding him guilty of embezzlement in a retrial, barring him from running in the 2018 presidential election. Navalny’s lawyer Olga Mikhailova told journalists the conviction would prevent him from taking part in the election, which he registered for in November. Vladimir Putin, who has been in power since the end of 1999, is widely expected to run for president again, and his approval ratings remain well above 80%. [...]
Source: The Guardian [8 February 2017]

Amnesty Warns Russian Law On Domestic Violence Puts Women At Greater Risk
Amnesty International says a new law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence in Russia poses a greater risk to women. On February 7, President Vladimir Putin signed the law that categorizes as administrative offenses -- instead of criminal acts -- cases of domestic violence that result in pain but not bodily harm. Supporters say the change is intended to prevent unwarranted interference by the state in domestic matters. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 February 2017]

Russia: Domestic violence law puts women at greater risk
After President Vladimir Putin signed a legal reform that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence, Anna Kirey, Deputy Director for Campaigns for Russia and Eurasia at Amnesty International, said: “While the Russian government claims this reform will ‘protect family values’, in reality it rides roughshod over women’s rights. It is a sickening attempt to further trivialize domestic violence, an issue the Russian government has long attempted to downplay. Far too often, victims find they cannot rely on the law for protection and their abusers are let off the hook, with only a tiny fraction imprisoned for their actions. “In the more than a decade since Amnesty International’s last report on rampant domestic violence in Russia, the authorities have failed to implement a single measure to enhance protection and services for the victims. “Russian authorities must scrap this abusive legislation and put together a comprehensive package of measures to address the vast scale of domestic violence in Russia once and for all.” [...]
Source: Amnesty International [8 February 2017]

Support for Death Penalty in Russia Plummets

The number of Russians who support the death penalty has plummeted by 24 percent over the past 15 years. Just 44 percent of Russians would like to see the return of the death penalty, compared in 68 percent in 2002, a survey by independent pollster the Levada Center revealed on Wednesday. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they would like to see Russia return to implementing capital punishment in a similar way as it had been used by in the 1990s, primarily for murder. That figure fell from 49 percent in 2002. Twelve percent said that use of the death penalty should be expanded, down from 19 percent in 2002. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [8 February 2017]

Russia to publish “anti-Ukrainian Ukrainian newspaper” in occupied Crimea
The Russian media has widely reported plans to publish “the first Ukrainian-language newspaper in Crimea”. ‘First’ it is not, but it will be the only paper in Ukrainian since Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea. It may be used merely for propaganda purposes, however the ‘Ukrainian society’ supposedly behind the initiative was formed by the occupation government and has an openly anti-Kyiv position.  Zaur Smirnov, an official in the de facto Crimean government, announced on Feb 4 that the first issue of the newspaper would come out this month, with it probably being monthly at the beginning. The publication, he said, would be financed by the Crimean government and would “of course” not cover any political news, but would talk about the culture, the history of Ukrainians in Crimea and the activities of the Ukrainian community of Crimea. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [8 February 2017]

Zhalaudi Geriev's defence plans to file appeal against verdict
The defence of Zhalaudi Geriev, a correspondent of the "Caucasian Knot", plans to file to the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic an appeal against his verdict, pronounced by the judicial board on criminal cases of the Supreme Court (SC) of Chechnya. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 28, 2016, the Chechen Supreme Court upheld the verdict to Zhalaudi Geriev, who on September 5, 2016, was sentenced by the Shali District Court to three years of imprisonment on the charge of possession of marijuana. Advocate Nadezhda Ermolaeva has reported that the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic should answer within one month from receipt of the appeal if it is accepted for consideration [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [7 February 2017]

ECtHR obliges Russia to pay compensation to Islam Turpulkhanov for bad conditions of detention in penal colony
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has pronounced the decision concerning compensation in the amount of 10,750 euros to be paid to Islam Turpulkhanov for the bad conditions of detention at the penitentiary institution No. 22 of the Arkhangelsk Region. "In 2005, Islam Turpulkhanov was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment in Chechnya. During three years, the complainant was kept in conditions humiliating his human dignity," reports the "Legal Initiative for Russia". In April 2006, Islam Turpulkhanov was transported to the penal colony to serve his sentence. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [7 February 2017]

ECtHR fines Russia for banning rally in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has upheld the complaint filed by journalist Alexander Lashmankin and 22 other applicants and ordered Russia to pay them 183,550 euros for failures to sanction rallies. The mentioned rallies also include an unsanctioned rally in memory of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on January 19, 2009, Stanislav Markelov was killed in Moscow after the press conference dedicated to the release from prison of Colonel Yuri Budanov, sentenced in 2003 on the charge of murdering Chechen girl Elza Kungaeva. Anastasia Baburova, a journalist of the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta", was also killed. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [7 February 2017]

7 February 2017

posted 7 Feb 2017, 08:54 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Feb 2017, 09:14 ]

Putin Signs Law Decriminalizing Some Domestic Violence
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence. The law will categorize as administrative offenses -- instead of criminal acts -- cases of domestic violence that result in pain but not bodily harm. Dubbed the "slapping law," the bill would affect parents who strike their children and people who strike their spouses or partners. In the event of any danger to the victim’s health or in the case of repeat offenses, the perpetrator would face criminal charges. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 February 2017]

Russian Activist Galperin Detained In Moscow
Russian civil-rights activist Mark Galperin has been detained in Moscow. Galperin wrote on Facebook on February 7 that police broke down his apartment door and rushed in before forcibly taking him to a police station. Galperin's lawyer, Ksenia Kostromina, said that her client will be interrogated soon, adding that she did not know the reasons of his detention or the charges he might face. [...]

Source: RFE/RL [17 February 2017]

European Court Rules Russia Must Pay Activists For Limiting Their Rights
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay a group of Russian activists 183,000 euros ($197,300) in compensation for limiting their right to hold public gatherings. The ruling was posted on the court's website on February 7. According to the court decision, Russia must pay between 7,500 euros ($8,000) and 10,000 euros ($10,700) to each of 23 Russian activists, who include human rights defender Lev Ponomaryov and the leader of the Left Front opposition movement, Sergei Udaltsov. The activists had filed the lawsuits against Russia saying that between 2009 and 2012 local authorities in different ways impeded at least 28 of their public gatherings and marches. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 February 2017]

Russian Court Convicts Man for Not Informing on 'Terrorist' Friend
A man has been fined 70 thousand rubles ($1,180) by a Russian court after failing to tell police that his friend had joined a terrorist group. Ulugbek Gafurov was found guilty after appearing at the Kirovsky District Court in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan. He was prosecuted under new anti-terrorism laws which compel Russian residents to inform the police if they are aware of any terrorism-related crime. It is the first time that the law has been successfully used in Russia since its introduction as part of the infamous Yarovaya package in July 2016. Those found guilty can face up to a year in prison. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 February 2017]

Russia Blocks Porn Site Brazzers for 'Damaging Human Psyche'
The Russian government has blocked adult video site Brazzers over claims that its pornographic content has a “deeply negative influence on the human psyche.” Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor blacklisted the site Tuesday, blocking access from Russia-based servers. The move follows a decision by Bolsheglushitsky District Court in Russia’s Samara region in October 2016. The court ruled that Brazzers’ pornographic content had a “purely negative impact on the human psyche,” and “violated citizens’ rights,” Russia’s TJ Journal reported. The case was brought to the court by local prosecutors working "in the interests of the Russian Federation." Brazzers is yet to comment on the decision. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 February 2017]

Wife Says Kremlin Critic Diagnosed With ’Acute Poisoning’ Blood Samples Sent To Israeli Lab
The wife of well-known Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., who fell critically ill last week in Moscow for the second time in two years, said doctors have diagnosed him with "acute poisoning by an undetermined substance."  Yevgeniya Kara-Murza told RFE/RL on February 6 that samples of her husband’s blood, hair, and fingernails have been sent to a private laboratory in Israel in an effort to identify the toxin that triggered his sudden illness. "We want to get some samples tested again to try to determine what this ’unidentified’ substance may be," she told RFE/RL in a Facebook message. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 February 2017]

Russian prison doctors suspected of causing inmate’s death by negligence
Head Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg has launched a criminal case against medical professionals of a prison where inmate suffering of cancer has died, RAPSI learnt from lawyer Vitaliy Cherkasov on Tuesday. Doctors are suspected of causing death of inmate by negligence by improper fulfillment of professional duties. The case documents read that a 37-year old inmate suffered from stage IV cancer, HIV and chronic Hepatitis C. In May 2016, the St. Petersburg City Court granted an appeal filed by legal team of an inmate and released her from a prison hospital, finding her condition incompatible with serving term in prison. She died in two months after release. [...]
Source: RAPSI [7 February 2017]

Chechnya reopens investigation into suspected militants' case
The investigation into the case against Bekkhan Saraliev, a suspected member of an illegal armed formation (IAF), who allegedly persuaded a teenager to join militants in Syria, has been resumed at the request of the Prosecutor's Office. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in January, the Chechen Prosecutor's Office cancelled the investigator's decision to suspend the investigation into the criminal case against Bekkhan Saraliev. Chechen prosecutors revealed the "violation of the law in the investigator's actions during the preliminary investigation." [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [6 February 2017]

On January 30-February 5, five persons killed in armed conflict in Northern Caucasus
During the week of January 30-February 5, 2017, seven persons fell victim to the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus. Of them, five persons were killed, and two others were wounded. These are the results of the calculations run by the "Caucasian Knot" based on its own materials and information from other open sources. The death toll includes three suspected members of the armed underground and two law enforcers, all of them in Chechnya. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [6 February 2017]

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