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11 October 2017

posted 11 Oct 2017, 15:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Oct 2017, 15:06 ]
Russia's FSB Detains Six Crimean Tatars Accused Of Being Hizb ut-Tahrir Members
Activists in Russian-controlled Crimea say six Crimean Tatars have been detained on suspicion of extremism in what the activists and the Ukrainian government say is part of a discriminatory campaign targeting members of the Muslim group. The Federal Security Service (FSB) branch in Crimea, which Russia occupied and seized from Ukraine in March 2014, said on October 11 that six members of the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, were detained in the city of Bakhchysaray. It said the detentions took place after searches were conducted in the suspects’ houses. Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in Russia. Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov told RFE/RL that the detained men are Marlen Asanov, Server Zekiryayev, Ernest Ametov, Seyran Saliyev, Memet Belyalov, and Timur Ibragimov. The Crimean Solidarity rights group said that several more Crimean Tatars were also detained while protesting against the searches. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [11 October 2017]

Strasbourg demands answers from Russia about treatment of abducted Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb
Six weeks after Russia seized 19-year-old Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb and took him against his will to Krasnodar, there is still no information as to whether the young man is receiving vital medication. The European Court of Human Rights has therefore invited Ukrainian doctors to visit Hryb and provide them with a medical assessment of his condition before the Court takes a decision regarding urgent measures. The Court has been forced to intervene again since Russia has not provided the required information about medical treatment and there are real grounds for fearing that no measures have been taken. Hryb suffers from a serious medical condition and requires medication on a daily basis. Strasbourg has therefore also demanded that Russia give detailed documentation in printed form about Pavlo’s state of health. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [11 October 2017]

Moscow court dismisses appeal of Otkrytaya Rossia against “undesirable” status
The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow has dismissed an appeal filed by Otkrytaya Rossia (OR) organization, registered in Great Britain, demanding to remove it from the Russian list of “undesirable organizations,” RAPSI learnt in the court on Wednesday. In April, Russia’s Justice Ministry added Otkrytaya Rossia, Open Russia Civic Movement, which is also registered in Great Britain, and the Institute of Modern Russia (IMR) located in the U.S., founded by former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, to the list of "undesirable organizations". The decision was made upon the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office. According to prosecutors, these organizations implement special programs and projects aimed to discredit election results in Russia and recognize them as illegitimate. The Prosecutor General’s Office believes that “undesirable” foreign organizations create conditions for protest rallies and destabilization of political climate in Russia. [...]
Source: RAPSI [11 October 2017]

Appeal against Zhalaudi Geriev's verdict addressed to Chairman of Russian SC
The defence of Zhalaudi Geriev, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, has challenged the refusal to transfer the journalist's case for consideration to the cassation instance of the Supreme Court (SC) of Russia. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Zhalaudi Geriev's defence sent two cassation appeals to the Russian SC with a request to eliminate the violations committed by the Chechen courts and return the case to the first instance court for consideration. However, on July 31, a judge of the Russian SC refused to consider those complaints at the cassation instance. On October 10, advocates Alaudi Musaev and Nadezhda Yermolaeva addressed a complaint to Vyacheslav Lebedev, the chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia, with a request to cancel the decision of the SC's judge of July 31, 2017. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [11 October 2017]

MoJ promises compensations to Beslan terror act victims
The Russian Minister of Justice has announced the terms of payment of compensations awarded by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to relatives of the people killed and injured during the seizure of the Beslan School by terrorists in 2004. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 13, in the case on the seizure of the school in Beslan, the Strasbourg Court awarded 409 applicants with compensation in the total amount of 2.955 million euros and another amount of 88,000 euros to cover legal expenses. The Russian Commissioner to the ECtHR has challenged the above decision and accused the Strasbourg Court of using double standards. However, on September 19, judges of the ECtHR refused to send the case for reconsideration, and the decision took effect. On October 10, Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, announced that within a year, Russia would begin to pay compensation to victims of the terror act in Beslan. "Within a year, we will start paying the compensation. All payments take place in accordance with a certain priority in approval," announced Alexander Konovalov as quoted by the "Izvestia". [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 October 2017]
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