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8 June 2018

posted 8 Jun 2018, 13:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Jun 2018, 14:07 ]
Russian museum discovers secret order to destroy Gulag data
Papers reveal that ministers ordered erasure of prisoner files in 2014, say archivists
A museum studying Soviet prison camps has discovered a secret Russian order from 2014 instructing officials to destroy data on prisoners – a move it said “could have catastrophic consequences for studying the history of the camps”. Up to 17 million people were sent to the Gulag, the notorious Soviet prison camp system, in the 1930s and 1940s. At least 5 million of them were convicted on false testimony. The prison population in the labour camps peaked at 2 million people. Case files of the Gulag prisoners were often destroyed but their personal data was kept on registration cards, which are still held by police and intelligence officials. The Gulag History Museum in Moscow has discovered a classified 2014 order that instructed Russian officials to destroy the registration cards of former prisoners who had reached the age of 80 – which today would include almost all of them. [...]
Source: The Guardian [8 June 2018]

Two Alleged Militants Killed In Russia's Ingushetia
Russian authorities said two alleged militants have been killed in a counterterrorism operation in the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia. The National Antiterrorism Committee (NAK) said on June 8 that security troops killed the two individuals in Ingushetia's largest city, Nazran. According to the NAK, the two militants planned a series of terrorist attacks in the region. It provided no further details. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 June 2018]

A woman among killed in Nazran special operation
There was a young woman among the suspects killed in Nazran in a special operation, and one of the suspected militants surrendered, sources from the law enforcement bodies report. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that this morning, in Nazran, law enforcers cordoned off two suspected militants. Later, the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) has reported that a counterterrorist operation (CTO) legal regime is introduced in Nazran and two militants were killed there. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [8 June 2018]

Saratov activists demand to release Oyub Titiev
In Saratov, participants of a picket organized by the "Strategy 6" called on the authorities to release political prisoners, including Chechen rights defender Oyub Titiev. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 31, in Grozny, the court extended until July 9 the term of arrest of Oyub Titiev, the head of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" office in Grozny. According to the defence, the Oyub Titiev's case can appear in court in mid-June, when the FIFA World Cup starts in Russia. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [8 June 2018]

Convicted March 26 rally participant Krepkin goes to ECHR
Dmitry Krepkin, a convicted participant of the unauthorized rally held in Moscow on March 26, 2017, has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, his attorney Ilnur Sharapov has told RAPSI. Krepkin, who had been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for assaulting a police officer during the rally, in his application accused Russian authorities of violation of Article 3 (Prohibition of tortures), Article 6 (Right to a fair trial) and Article 11 (Freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights. On December 8, 2017, Krepkin was found guilty of assaulting a police officer at the rally and sentenced to 1.5 years in a penal colony. In March, the Moscow City Court upheld the sentence. [...]
Source: RAPSI [8 June 2018]

Russia Conducts Massive Military Drills in Crimea
More than 100 Russian warplanes took part in military exercises in the annexed Crimean peninsula as NATO seeks to create a unified front against Russia’s growing military capabilities.  Russia seized control of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, drawing Western economic sanctions. Russia has since bolstered Crimea’s military defenses, including with two ground-to-air S-400 missile systems. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [8 June 2018]

Ukrainian abducted to Russia faces ‘trial’ for protest in Ukraine against Russian occupation of Crimea
Russia’s Investigative Committee has completed its ‘investigation’ into surreal charges laid against Oleksandr Shumkov, a 28-year-old Ukrainian from Kherson who was almost certainly abducted and taken to Russia by force. He is to be tried for alleged ‘involvement’, while in Ukraine, in Right Sector, a Ukrainian organization which Russia has chosen to consider ‘extremist’ and banned. The authoritative Memorial Human Rights Centre has already declared Shumkov a political prisoner, finding cause for concern both with respect to how he came to be in Russian detention and in the charges themselves, which could carry a 6-year sentence.  The report from Russia’s Investigative Committee is highly telling both for the allegations made, and the crucial details which are omitted. [...]

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [8 June 2018]

1968 Revisited: Czechs Honor Moscow Protesters
Eight Russians who protested in Moscow in 1968 against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia have been honored by the Czech Republic. They were all given punishments ranging from labor camps to psychiatric hospitals. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 June 2018]