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19 December 2016

posted 19 Dec 2016, 00:25 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Dec 2016, 00:44 ]
Chechen Leader: 11 Militants Killed In Clashes Near Grozny

The leader of Russia's troubled Chechnya region says security forces have killed 11 suspected militants in two clashes near the capital, Grozny. Gunbattles, like the ones announced by Ramzan Kadyrov, used to be commonplace in the war-ravaged Russian region, but have become rare under Kadyrov's rule. Kadyrov said in a post on the social-media network Instagram on December 18 that during the overnight clash, gunmen fired at police who tried to stop their vehicle. Police killed four gunmen and captured two others, who were hospitalized. Later on December 18, he said, security forces tracked down other gunmen on the outskirts of Grozny and killed seven of them. Another four suspected militants have been captured, three of whom have been hospitalized, Kadyrov said. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [18 December 2016]

Chechnya: female employees of state agencies complain about enforcement to work in hijabs

According to women, working in state institutions of Chechnya, they were obliged to come to work in the garment, completely covering their hair and forehead. The order is spread exclusively in the oral form, said the women. "Earlier, you could just wear scarves and neck-pieces, but now – only hijabs... A few of my girlfriends work in state-funded (budget) organizations; and they warned that would not let to workplaces without hijabs to work will not start," a social activist named Kheda he told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [17 December 2016]

Moscow Refuses To Allow Human Rights Protest Near Turkmenistan's Embassy
Moscow city authorities have refused to allow human rights activists to stage a protest in front of Turkmenistan's embassy on December 19 in support of jailed Turkmen journalists. The Memorial Human Rights Center said on December 16 that city officials justified their refusal by saying the protest could affect "heavy public transport flow" in the area close to the embassy. Memorial says the refusal was politically motivated. An application to conduct the protest was filed by Memorial activist Bakhrom Khamroyev, who is originally from Uzbekistan. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 December 2016]

Investigators seek to extend detention of ex-Russian governor Belykh

Investigators have applied to the Moscow's Basmanny District Court to extend until March 24 the detention period of Nikita Belykh, former governor of the Kirov region, who is accused of taking a large-scale bribe, a court official told RAPSI on Friday. Belykh stands charged with taking 400,000 euros in bribes. Investigators in cooperation with the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) officers arrested him on June 24 in a Moscow restaurant while he was allegedly accepting 150,000 euros, the third part of the bribe, according to Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin. Moscow’s Basmanny District Court ordered detention of Belykh. [...]
Source: RAPSI [16 December 2016]