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9 June 2017

posted 9 Jun 2017, 12:02 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Jun 2017, 13:39 ]
Protesters Detained As Hundreds Decry Plans To Demolish Soviet-Era Housing In Moscow
Police have detained at least three people as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Russian parliament during a vote on a controversial plan to raze thousands of Soviet-era apartment blocs in Moscow. Deputies in the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, passed the bill in the second of three readings on June 9. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 June 2017]

Belarus Sends Chechen Man Back To Russia Despite Fears For His Life
Belarusian authorities have sent a man who is wanted in Chechnya back to Russia despite desperate pleas from his family and warnings from human rights activists that he could be tortured or killed by Chechen law-enforcement authorities. The Chechnya branch of the Russian Interior Ministry said on June 9 that Murad Amriyev was being escorted to the region by security forces for questioning in connection with a false-documents allegation that his lawyers and relatives say is a farce. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 June 2017]

MMA Champion Amriev is taken to Chechnya
World MMA champion Murad Amriev is forcefully detained and taken to Chechnya over the case of blood feud between Chechen officials and one of the members of his family, reports Russian news site Mediazona. Amriev was charged with document forgery in 2013 and the case was closed less than a year later with the alleged forgery being a typo in a passport issued by local authorities to replace the documents lost during the war in Chechnya. However, during the prosecution, Amriev reported torture and linked it to the blood feud opened against his brother by Magomed Dashaev, now head of Chechnya police. The MMA fighter then fled Russia fearing future prosecution. In June 5, 2017 Amriev was again detained in Bryansk in Western Russia, reportedly on grounds of the same case. Among the policemen that arrived to transport him to Chechnya, he reportedly spotted one of his torturers. Being formally not under arrest, he escaped the next day. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [9 June 2017]

ECtHR asks Russia to clarify its position in Murad Amriev's case
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has appealed to the Russian authorities with questions about what measures are planned to be taken to prevent possible violence against Murad Amriev, detained in Belarus. This has been reported today by the "Committee for the Prevention of Torture". The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 8, lawyers of the "Committee for the Prevention of Torture" got a response from the ECtHR, reporting that the Murad Amriev's case had been given priority. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot

Murad Amriev's family members leave Chechnya for security reasons
Family members of Murad Amriev, an MMA fighter and world champion, have left Grozny and the republic for security reasons. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 7, Murad Amriev, the MMA world champion, was detained in the Belarusian town of Dobrush. Late in the evening of June 8, an advocate of Murad Amriev reported that the Belarusian law enforcement agencies extradited his client to Russia. On June 8, the Murad Amriev's parents recorded a video message in which they said that their son had not violated any laws. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [9 June 2017]

Court Orders Scientology Church Leader, Members Detained In St. Petersburg
A court in St. Petersburg on June 8 ordered the spiritual leader of the city's branch of the Church of Scientology held in detention for two months. Ivan Matsitsky, the church leader, was among five members of the church arrested on June 6 during a raid on the organization's offices in St. Petersburg. Also detained were the church's chief accountant Sahib Aliyev, the chief of the official relations department Anastasia Terentieva, and church members Galina Shurinova and Konstantsia Yesaulkova. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 June 2017]

Defendant in St. Petersburg Church of Scientology case put under house arrest
The Nevsky District Court of St. Petersburg ruled to put an employee of the Church of Scientology in St. Petersburg, Constance Yesaulkova, under house arrest, RAPSI reports from the courtroom on Friday. Yesaulkova is charged with participating in an extremist organization, illegal business, inciting hatred and enmity, and violation of human dignity. She is an assistant for another defendant in the case Anastasia Terentyeva, but allegedly she also distributed money obtained by the group on the order of its head Ivan Matsitsky, an investigator said in court. [...]
Source: RAPSI [9 June 2017]

Finance Ministry ordered to pay $3,500 to Russian citizen for unlawful prosecution
A court in Kazan on Friday recovered 200,000 rubles ($3,500) from the Russian Finance Ministry in favor of Sergey Senin acquitted of double homicide for unlawful prosecution, lawyer Igor Sholokhov told RAPSI. The defendant did not admit Senin’s claim during the hearing. A prosecutor in turn asked the court to grant the lawsuit in part. The ruling will be appealed, Sholokhov said. [...]
Source: RAPSI [9 June 2017]