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20 July 2018

posted 20 Jul 2018, 11:08 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jul 2018, 11:27 ]
Amnesty International: Risk of Torture for Man Extradited to Russia: Aslan Yandiev
On 17 July, Aslan Yandiev was extradited to Russia. He is suffering from a long-term illness and is at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment and an unfair trial in Russia. [...] 
Source: Amnesty International [19 July 2018]

Russia Launches Probe Over Video Purporting To Show Prison Torture
Russian authorities are looking into a video purporting to show an inmate being tortured by prison guards in the Yaroslavl region. Russia's Investigative Committee said on July 20 that a probe had been launched into what it called "a crime" committed by Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) employees in a prison in the Yaroslavl region, adding that the guards "violently abused their authority." The FSIN directorate in the Yaroslavl region said the same day that it had also launched an investigation into "unlawful actions" by penitentiary employees. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [20 July 2018]

In Oyub Titiev's case, six witnesses fail to describe his detention
At today's hearing at the Shali City Court in the Oyub Titiev's case, the Court questioned six policemen witnesses, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" reports, which has arranged text broadcast of the court hearing on its Telegram channel. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on January 22, Oyub Titiev, the head of the Grozny office of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial", was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana. He pleaded not guilty and stated that the drugs had been planted on him. Today, all six witnesses failed to report to the Court any significant information about the events on January 9, when Oyub Titiev was arrested. According to the testimonies of the witnesses, none of them took part in the Oyub Titiev's detention. In fact, the witnesses answered: "I do not remember" or, occasionally, "I do not know" to almost all questions voiced by the defence. During the court hearing, it became clear that one of the witnesses, a member of a territorial police station, did not speak Russian. When asked by the judge if he needed an interpreter, the witness said: "I do not remember," and the Court invited an interpreter for him. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [19 July 2018]

Crimean Tatar, jailed on fake extremism charges, refuses to be cowered into silence
Ismail Ramazanov has lodged a formal complaint accusing an investigator from the Russian Investigative Committee of falsifying the evidence in his case. He has ample grounds, however it takes courage in occupied Crimea, especially when you have just spent six months held prisoner after being savagely beaten to try to extract a ’confession’ to fictitious ’propaganda of extremism’ charges. Ramazanov spent much of his time in detention thinking about other political prisoners, like Oleg Sentsov, and passing on pictures and messages of support. The 31-year-old from the village Novy Mir was released from custody on 14 July only because even Russian procedural legislation does not allow for more than six months detention on the ‘propaganda of extremism’ charge which Ramazaonv is facing. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [20 July 2018]

Appeals against FIFA World Cup final pitch invaders’ detention set for July 23
The Moscow City Court will consider appeals against detention of four activists behind a pitch invasion during FIFA World Cup 2018 final match between Croatia and France on July 23, the court’s spokesperson Ulyana Solopova has told RAPSI. On July 16, Moscow’s Khamovnichesky District Court ordered the detention of Olga Pakhtusova, Olga Karacheva, Pyotr Verzilov and Veronica Nikulshina. They were found guilty of violating the rules of conduct for audience during sporting events. They were also prohibited from attending sports events for 3 years. Moreover, they could face fines of up to 1.500 rubles for illegal wear of uniform with rank badges, governmental paramilitary and law enforcement organizations’ symbols. [...]
Source: RAPSI [20 July 2018]

Arthur Khamkhoev's mother turns to head of Investigative Committee for help
Aza Khamkhoeva, a resident of the Ingush village of Yandare, has appealed to Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF), with a demand to investigate the torture that had been applied to her son. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Albert Khamkhoev, a resident of Ingushetia, was detained and accused of illegal arms circulation after the militants' attack on the DPS (road-and-patrol service) post in Yandare committed on November 5, 2017. Khamkhoev was tortured after detention, but refused to admit his guilt. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [20 July 2018]

Law enforcers refuse to explain detention of six Chechen residents to their relatives
Relatives know nothing about what the six detained residents of the village of Borozdinovskaya are accused of; and are afraid to comment on what happened, fearing "additional problems," said one of the villagers. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 12, relatives reported detention of six men in Borozdinovskaya. "They were detained without presenting any charges; they are kept by [law enforcers], who explain nothing. Saying anything in this situation means creating additional problems," one of the residents of Borozdinovskaya, whose close relative is among the detainees, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. Other locals believe that the fact that relatives hesitate to make public the detention is in favour of law enforcers. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [20 July 2018]

Putin Creates New State Awards For Journalists
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order creating two state awards targeted at journalists. The decree, published on the Kremlin's website on July 19, creates the "honored journalist of the Russian Federation" and "honored worker in the areas of communications and information of the Russian Federation" awards. Opponents and media-freedom groups say Putin has tightened state control over the media since he came to power in 2000, reining in independent broadcasters, limiting coverage of opposition politicians, and keeping signs of dissent off TV screens. The killings of several journalists who have sought to expose corruption, including investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, have underscored the risks faced by those who challenge the authorities. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [19 July 2018]