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23 December 2016

posted 23 Dec 2016, 01:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Dec 2016, 01:20 ]
Death Toll From Alcohol Poisoning Rises To 74 In Irkutsk

The death toll from dozens of people drinking bath lotion rose to 74, Russian authorities said on December 23, as police said they had seized more than 10,000 bottles of the berry-scented lotion in a cottage in Irkutsk. Regional health officials said that 31 men and women remain in hospitals. The Investigative Committee said the bath lotion contained methanol -- which can be fatal if consumed internally -- instead of ethanol, the alcohol found in most drinks. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [23 December 2016]

Crimean political prisoners tortured on the way to court in Russian occupied Crimea
At least one of the Crimean Muslims facing fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges under Russian occupation has reported being tortured and threatened when brought to court hearings and a lawyer reports that FSB special force officers are present and used as a menacing threat when the men are taken to see the investigator.  Useir Abdullaev told the court on Dec 21 that he and other prisoners are forced to lie on the bus floor with their hands in handcuffs behind their backs, and that he has been beaten in the stomach and legs. Nor is such treatment only reserved for court hearings. Emil Kurbedinov, the lawyer representing Useir’s brother Teymur says that his client was brought to see him on Tuesday “with his eyes bound, his hands behind his back, in the pose used to transport former death row prisoners in life-sentence prisons.” [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [23 December 2016]

Further reprisals against Russian blogger jailed for reposting that Crimea is Ukraine
Andrei Bubeev, the Russian blogger serving a 2.5 year sentence for social network reposts of an article entitled “Crimea is Ukraine” and a picture of a toothpaste tube with the caption “Squeeze Russia out of yourself” is being moved to a prison with harsher conditions. The reasons appear to include ‘bad influence on other prisoners’, with this based on him encouraging them to read.  He is currently in a punishment cell and cannot receive or send any letters. His wife Anastasia does not even know for certain where they will be taking him after the court ruling from Dec 12 comes into force on Dec 23. Such punishments have been imposed on many of the Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russian prisons, so the claim that Bubeev had 62 ‘infringements’ on his records from the remand prison, and that a further one had turned him into a ‘malicious offender’ should be treated with caution. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [23 December 2016]