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25 July 2017

posted 25 Jul 2017, 13:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Jul 2017, 13:13 ]

Charges Dropped Against Activist for 'Non-Compliance' With Foreign Agents Law
Investigators have closed a case against a human rights activist suspected of “malicious non-compliance with the duties of a foreign agent.” Valentina Cherevatenko, head of the Women of the Don NGO in Novocherkassk in southern Russia, was the first person to be prosecuted under the law. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [25 July 2017 - see also Front Line Defenders]

Young Men Detained For Criticizing Kadyrov in Online Messenger
Around 10 young men were detained in Chechnya for allegedly criticizing the republic’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, in online messengers, the Kavkaz.Realii news outlet reported Tuesday. The men were reportedly detained earlier in July in the North Caucasus republic’s capital Grozny and in the city of Shali for sharing video clips critical of Kadyrov, Kavkaz.Realii reported, citing an anonymous local source. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [25 July 2017]

Rights group Memorial names 'disappeared' Chechens

The Russian human rights group Memorial has named 13 detainees among 27 feared to have been secretly shot dead by police in Chechnya. The group said it pressed Chechen officials for information on the missing men, but "they refused to tell us whether they were dead or alive". Memorial spoke to family and friends of the 13, after Novaya Gazeta had spoken of 27 shot dead one night in January. A Chechen minister condemned the Novaya Gazeta report as a "lie". [...]

Source: BBC [25 July 2017]

Russian Terrorism Suspects Allege Torture At 'Secret' FSB Site
Lawyers for two Kyrgyz-born brothers charged in a deadly bombing on a St. Petersburg subway train in April have asked Russian authorities to investigate their clients' claims that they were tortured at a "secret jail" outside Moscow. The suspects, Akram and Abror Azimov, claim they were subjected to electric shocks, simulated drowning, and beatings at the facility allegedly used by Russia's powerful Federal Security Service (FSB), according to an appeal to federal authorities filed by their lawyers earlier this month. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [25 July 2017]

Jailed Crimean journalist beaten for complaining that he wasn’t given food
Crimean journalist Alexei Nazimov, who has been in detention since October 2016 on questionable and suspiciously fluid charges, has reported being beaten and subjected to other forms of gross ill-treatment from convoy guards taking him to and from the court. His lawyer Alexei Ladin recently reported that Nazimov and Alushta politician Pavel Stepanchenko are refused any food or drink during days when they are due in court for the largely automatic detention extensions or appeals against them. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [25 July 2017]

Russian Police Disperse Rally In Support Of Navalny In Siberia
Police in the Siberian city of Kemerovo have dispersed a rally being held in support of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, who is bidding to run in next year’s presidential election. Police briefly detained several activists and dismantled a campaign stand giving out posters and Russian national flags on July 25. The activists say they had requested permission to hold the rally, but with no answer from the local authorities they assumed permission had been granted. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [25 July 2017]

European Court Orders Russia To Pay Compensation To Man Convicted In Nemtsov's Killing
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Russia to pay 6,000 euros ($6,990) in compensation to a man convicted of involvement in Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's killing. The court ruled on July 25 that Moscow must pay compensate Temirlan Eskerkhanov, who complained about the conditions of his pretrial arrest, the conditions of his transport in the convoy cell, and the lack of a speedy review of the grounds of his detention. [...]

Source: RFE/RL [25 July 2017]

Upper house of Russian parliament backs ban on anonymizers
The Federation Council of Russia has approved a bill prohibiting the use of technologies enabling access to blocked websites, also known as anonymizers, the upper house of the Russian parliament informs on Tuesday. The bill has been presented to the senators by Lyudmila Bokova, Deputy Chair of the Council’s Committee on Constitutional Law and State Building. [...]
Source: RAPSI [25 July 2017]

Tatarstan, the Last Region to Lose Its Special Status Under Putin
Kazan looks on as a deal granting it special status expires
The special status that Russia’s Tatarstan republic has enjoyed since the collapse of the Soviet Union ended on Monday, when its agreement with the federal government expired. The republic had once been among 46 Russian regions that negotiated a degree of self-rule with the Kremlin after the Soviet Union’s collapse. But by July 24 this year, only Tatarstan had retained a semblance of that autonomy. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [25 July 2017]

Two persons disappear in Ingushetia
20-year-old Ilyas Teboev and 19-year-old Khavzh-Bagaudin Kurtoev, residents of Malgobek, disappeared on July 19. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for Ingushetia addressed citizens with a request to help in their search. On July 19, two local residents report to the Ingush MIA on the disappearance of the young people. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [24 July 2017]

On July 17-23, 2017, there were no victims of the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus
During the week from July 17 to July 23, 2017, there were no casualties or wounded persons in the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus. These are the results of the calculations run by the "Caucasian Knot" based on its own materials and information from other open sources. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [25 July 2017]

For Russia’s students, the price of protest can be high
Two weeks ago, a third-year law student In Kaliningrad, at the western end of Russia, learned he was being expelled from his university. The management of the Kant Baltic Federal University denied that Oleg Alexeev’s role in organising a public protest on 12 June had anything to do with their decision. However, the sequence of events that led to Alexeev’s expulsion suggests otherwise. [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [author: Vladislav Lobanov; 25 July 2015]