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6 December 2017

posted 6 Dec 2017, 08:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Dec 2017, 08:32 ]
Russian Duma Bars RFE/RL, VOA As 'Foreign Agents'
The Russian State Duma has voted to prohibit U.S. media outlets branded by the government as "foreign agents" from entering the lower house of parliament. Lawmakers in the chamber adopted the resolution in a 413 to 1 vote on December 6. It means that reporters for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA), which were designated as foreign agents by the Justice Ministry on December 5, will be barred from the Duma. "The decision to strip us of access to the Duma is regrettable," RFE/RL President Thomas Kent said. "It is another restriction on our journalistic activity in Russia. It makes it harder for us to provide independent and accurate information on the legislature's activities to the Russian people." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [6 December 2017]

Only attorneys will be authorized to provide legal aid – Russian Justice Ministry
Russia’s Justice Ministry has drafted a conception envisaging that only persons, who have the status of lawyer, will be authorized to provide legal aid including representation in court, the Federal Chamber of Lawyers has announced on its website. The concept of regulating the market of professional legal assistance proposed by the Justice Ministry is aimed to protect citizens from unscrupulous individuals providing legal support services, according to Vice President of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers Gennady Sharov. He believes that the adoption of the conception will weed out nonprofessionals from the legal market and improve the quality of delivered legal services. [...]
Source: RAPSI [6 December 2017]

Seven residents of Grozny kidnapped, their relatives report
According to an informed source of the "Caucasian Knot", at night on November 22, seven men were kidnapped from their homes in Grozny. The information on the detentions has been reported to the delegation of the European Committee against Torture, which members stayed in Chechnya, the source noted. Today, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" has confirmed the information that at least seven Grozny residents were kidnapped on November 21-22. "At least two [of them] were taken away at night from their homes in front of their relatives by unidentified law enforcers who arrived by passenger cars," reports the press release of the HRC "Memorial" received by the "Caucasian Knot". According to the rights defenders' version, those people are being kept in "inhuman conditions" in the territory of a "law enforcement body" in the Staropromyslovsky District. "They are being kept in an unheated room and they get practically no food. The law enforcement bodies do not admit the kidnapped people are being kept at their territory, but we consider the information to be reliable," the HRC "Memorial" reports. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [5 December 2017]

Makhachkala resident reports his son missing
A resident of Makhachkala has reported disappearance of his son Azamat Aliev, who sent him message that he had been detained by policemen. This morning, Azamat Aliev left for work, and at 2:00 p.m., a message arrived from his phone that he had been taken to the police station, and a grenade was planted on him, Ruslan Aliev, his father has reported. "My son wasn't on the prophylactic registry; he had had no conflicts with the police before," he said. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [5 December 2017]