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19 April 2017

posted 19 Apr 2017, 10:59 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Apr 2017, 11:01 ]
Russian Journalist, Putin Critic Dies After Severe Beating
A prominent Russian journalist known for articles criticizing Russian government and President Vladimir Putin has died in St. Petersburg after being severely beaten by unknown assailants. Nikolai Andrushchenko, a 73-year-old co-founder of the newspaper Novy Petersburg, was attacked on March 9 and had been unconscious since then. [...]

Source: RFE/RL

Media Regulator Says Twitter Will Comply With Law, Locate User Data In Russia
Russia's media regulator says Twitter has agreed to store some of its users' data inside Russia, a move that would comply with domestic law but stoke further fears about user privacy and surveillance. The agency, known as Roskomnadzor, said on April 19 that Twitter is in the process of determining "what information about Russian citizens and organizations in commercial relations with Twitter in Russia can be stored in the Russian Federation." [...]

Source: RFE/RL [19 April 2017]

Russian FSB Says Two Suspected Militants From Central Asia Killed
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) says its forces have killed two suspected militants from Central Asia in a gunbattle in the Vladimir region, east of Moscow. The FSB said the men, citizens of an unspecified Central Asian country born in 1991 and 1987, were killed after they refused to surrender and fired at officers who confronted them on April 19, Russian news agencies reported. [...]

Source: RFE/RL

Mustafa Dzhemiliev calls on Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev to end hunger strike
You cannot stir the conscience of those who have none. Primarily for that reason, Mustafa Dzhemiliev, veteran Crimean Tatar leader and former political prisoner, has called on Ruslan Zeytullaev to end his hunger strike. The Crimean Tatar political prisoner has been without food now for 15 days, and after over 2 years of imprisonment in appalling conditions, there are real grounds for concern. [...] 

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [19 April 2017]

Writers call on to investigate threats against journalists voiced in Chechnya
More than 60 writers, translators, and journalists have signed a statement of solidarity with the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" and the "Echo of Moscow", which received threats from Chechnya in connection with publications about the persecution of members of the LGBT community in the republic. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 13, the "Novaya Gazeta" reported that in Chechnya, the adviser to the Chechen leader and theologians openly call for violence against journalists of the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" after the publication of the materials about the persecution of gays in Chechnya. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [18 April 2017]

Convicts for plotting terror declared political prisoners by HRC "Memorial"
The case of plotting of a terror act in the Moscow "Kyrgyzstan" cinema was fabricated. This was stated by the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial". 15 persons sentenced in the case, including natives of the North-Caucasian Federal District (NCFD) and the Southern Federal District (SFD), were recognized by the HRC as political prisoners. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on November 26 and 27, 2013, in Moscow, 15 people were detained, including natives of Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Kalmykia. According to the police, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), weapons and extremist literature were found in an apartment in Moscow where the detainees lived. The court sentenced the defendants to 11-13 years of imprisonment. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [17 April 2017]

Mufti of North Ossetia condemns attacks on Beslan's mothers after they win case at ECtHR
After the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has pronounced its decision on the complaints filed by the victims of the seizure of the Beslan school, people started posting comments in social networks with condemnation of the complainants. Khadjimurat Gatsalov, Mufti of North Ossetia, spoke in support of the mothers of Beslan. The victims voiced their intention to transfer part of their compensation to family members of the people killed in the terror act in the Saint Petersburg metro. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 13, the ECtHR recognized the violation of the rights of relatives of the people killed and injured during the seizure of the Beslan school in 2004. 409 complainants were awarded the compensation in the amount of 2,955,000 euros. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [17 April 2017]