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15 June 2017

posted 15 Jun 2017, 08:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Jun 2017, 10:15 ]
Chechen Authorities Say Charge Against Amriyev Dropped
Authorities in Russia's Chechnya region say they have dropped charges against a man who was handed over by Belarus, despite warnings that he could be tortured or killed in Chechnya. Law enforcement officials in Chechnya said on June 15 that charges against Murad Amriyev were dropped the previous day. Amriyev, a former mixed-martial-arts champion from Chechnya who says he was tortured by police there in 2013, had fled to Belarus on June 7 after evading Chechen police who were trying to take him into custody. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 June 2017]

"Novaya Gazeta": power agents demand from Amriev to plead guilty
Murad Amriev, suspected of using a fraudulent document, has rejected power agents' demand to plead guilty and filed a petition to stop his criminal case, the "Novaya Gazeta" reports. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 8 it became known that Murad Amriev, an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) world champion, was detained in Belarus. On June 9, Amriev was taken to a SIZO (pre-trial prison) in Grozny; however, on the same day he was released under recognizance not to leave. According to his advocate, there are no grounds for Amriev's criminal prosecution, because of the expiry of limitation period. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [15 June 2017]

Russia Bars Imprisoned Crimean Tatar From Seeing Dying Mother
Supporters of Akhtem Chiygoz, the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis who has been held by Russian authorities since January 2015, say a Russian court in the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea has rejected a request that Chiygoz be allowed to see his mother, who is reportedly dying of cancer. The Russian-installed High Court of Crimea made the ruling on June 15, although Chiygoz's lawyers said doctors say his mother, Aliye Abduraimovna, most likely has only days to live. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 June 2017]

Russian Activist Fined After Reading Constitution On Red Square
Russian political activist Ildar Dadin has been fined after reading aloud from the Russian Constitution on Red Square outside the Kremlin. A court in Moscow fined Dadin 20,000 rubles ($350) on June 15 for holding a public gathering without permission from the authorities. He was detained on Red Square on June 12, amid antigovernment protests elsewhere in central Moscow and in cities nationwide. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 June 2017]

Russian Elections Chief Says 'Practically No Chance' Navalny Can Get On Presidential Ballot
Russia's top election official says Aleksei Navalny is almost certain to be barred from running in a March 2018 presidential election, citing a criminal conviction the opposition leader contends was engineered by the Kremlin to make him less of a political threat. The remarks by Central Election Commission chief Ella Pamfilova on June 14 appear unlikely to stop Navalny from campaigning ahead of the vote, in which President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to seek and secure a fourth term. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 June 2017]

Chechen villagers report young people's detentions
In the village of Novogrozny, power agents are looking for the author of a video depicting the demolition by the authorities of residential houses, and detained over 10 persons, local residents report. In their turn, Chechen law enforcers said they had no information about detentions. On June 13 and 14, after the appearance on the Internet of a video of the demolition of houses during the reconstruction of the village, power agents detained over 10 locals in the village of Novogrozny (Oyskhar) in the Gudermes District, a local resident told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. Another villager, Lom-Ali by name, has confirmed this information. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 June 2017]

Organizer of anticorruption rally detained in Makhachkala
Nurmagomed Gazimagomedov has claimed that he was detained in the Makhachkala Park named after the 50th anniversary of October, where he planned to read out his appeal to the Russian President. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 27, in Makhachkala, an anticorruption rally was held in the Park named after the 50th anniversary of Victory. The protest action was attended by more than 300 residents of Dagestan. Eyewitnesses reported the detention of two participants of the protest action, including Abdulla Gabibulaev and Zagalav Somoev. Later, Patimat Gadjieva and Luiza Suleimanova were also detained. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [14 June 2017]

Reuters: two gays from Chechnya report about detentions and torture
Two young people from Chechnya have reported about torture and beatings to which they were subjected in the republic because of their homosexual orientation. One of them reported that he was tortured with electric current, and the second man managed to escape from the house, where his relatives planned to kill him. The men have already left Chechnya, but they are afraid of persecution outside the republic. They agreed to give interviews with hidden faces, the Reuters reports. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [14 June 2017]

Russia: Police humiliate and mistreat hundreds of detained peaceful protesters
Hundreds of peaceful anti-corruption protesters in Russia’s two largest cities have been subjected to cruel and degrading treatment in police detention over the past 48 hours as authorities continue their crackdown on participants of mass rallies that took place across the country on 12 June, Amnesty International said today. “The Russian authorities have used mass detentions as a tactic to crush peaceful protests. But the reprisals haven’t stopped there. Hundreds of peaceful protesters in Moscow and St Petersburg were locked up in police stations overnight, in plainly degrading conditions, crowded cells with little or no food, bedding or easy access to sanitation,” said Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International. [...]
Source: Amnesty International [14 June 2017]

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