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26 May 2017

posted 26 May 2017, 11:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 May 2017, 14:10 ]
CPJ Urges Russia To Bring Those Responsible For Journalist's Killing To Justice
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is urging Russian authorities to conduct a “thorough, unbiased, and effective” investigation into the killing of the chief editor of a newspaper in the Siberian city of Minusinsk, and bring those responsible to justice. "Russia is a country where too many journalists have been murdered for their work while their killers walk free," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said in a May 25 statement. "This toxic cycle of impunity must be reversed once and for all." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [26 May 2017]

Russia: Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya
Victims of Punitive Round-Ups Still in Danger
Police in Chechnya rounded up, beat, and humiliated dozens of gay or bisexual men in an apparent effort to purge them from Chechen society, Human Rights Watch confirmed in a new report today. Russian federal authorities should ensure their investigation into these egregious human rights violations is effective and capable of holding the Chechen authorities to account. Foreign governments should provide safe sanctuary to the victims, who remain in immediate danger of physical harm as long as they remain in Russia. [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [26 May 2017]

Human Rights Watch Confirms Torture, Abuse Of Gay Men By Chechen Authorities
Human Rights Watch says it has confirmed that police in Russia's Chechnya region rounded up, tortured, and humiliated dozens of gay or bisexual men during the spring of 2017 in "an apparent effort to purge them from Chechen society." In a 29-page report released on May 26, the U.S.-based nongovernmental rights group said the "antigay purge" lasted from late February until at least early April -- and that "it was ordered and conducted by officials in Chechnya." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [26 May 2017]

Tatiana Lokshina: Chechnya arranges raids against gays with tacit consent of Kremlin
Since early 2017, the problem of the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya has become urgent, and the authorities of the republic take brutal punitive measures against suspected LGBT community members with the tacit approval of the Kremlin. This was stated by Tatiana Lokshina, the programme director of human rights organization "Human Rights Watch" (HRW) in Russia, when she commented on the HRW's report released today. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [26 May 2017]

Chechen Parliament Speaker Played Key Role in Anti-Gay Purges – HRW
The chair of the Chechen parliament, Magomed Daudov, played a key role in anti-gay purges in the Russian authoritarian republic of Chechnya, Human Rights Watch has revealed in a report published today. Daudov, a long-time ally of the republic's notorious leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, personally oversaw the torture of men who were detained in secret prisons on suspicion of being gay, two detainees told Human Rights Watch. Daudov made “offensive comments” during the beatings, they said. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [26 May 2017]

Russia investigates 'gay purge' in Chechnya

Putin officials pursue claims of homosexual men jailed and tortured in republic ruled by Kremlin-backed Ramzan Kadyrov
Russian officials are actively investigating claims of a purge of gay men in Chechnya, a process that could lead to a showdown between Moscow and the local Kremlin-backed strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov. Dozens of men in the southern republic are reported to have been held in extrajudicial detention and tortured as part of a campaign against gay males in Chechnya that began several months ago. Many have fled and are in hiding in other regions of Russia or have gone abroad. [...]
Source: The Guardian [26 May 2017]

Russian Supreme Court upholds liquidation of Jehovah’s Witnesses chapter
The Supreme Court of Russia has upheld a ruling declaring a branch of Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization in Cherkessk extremist and liquidating it, RAPSI learnt in the courtroom on Friday. The court has dismissed an appeal against the February 10 ruling of the Supreme Court of the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic. In addition to the organization’s declared extremist status and it liquidation, its real estate property was ruled to be transferred to the state. On Friday, this ruling came into force. [...]
Source: RAPSI [26 May 2017]

Number of jailed entrepreneurs drops by 24% - Russian business ombudsman
Russia’s business ombudsman Boris Titov said during the meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Friday that the number of detained businessmen had dropped by 24%, the presidential press office announced. However, a lot of businessmen are still in jail, according to the business ombudsman. As it is said, this restrictive measure is often necessary for investigative activities, but unfortunately in many cases investigation is not being conducted, Titov added. [...]

Source: RAPSI [26 May 2017]

Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wins major human rights award
Emil Kurbedinov, a tireless advocate for all those facing politically motivated persecution in occupied Crimea, has become Front Line Defenders’ 2017 Laureate of the Human Rights Defenders at Risk Award. The honour is truly well-deserved, although Emil himself considers it recognition of the work done by all lawyers and human rights defenders in Crimea. “This award is to all those people who go to the courts, who continue the struggle. This is our shared award”. It would be hard to over-state the vital role Emil Kurbedinov has played since Russia’s invasion of Crimea. He is acting for defendants in virtually all of the ever-increasing number of politically motivated prosecutions in Crimea, and, as Human Rights Defenders notes, “provides emergency response and documentation of rights violations during raids and searches of activists’ homes.” [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [26 May 2017]

PACE appoints special rapporteur on case of Boris Nemtsov's murder
The Legal Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has appointed Emanuelis Zingeris, a member of the Lithuanian delegation, special rapporteur on the case of the Boris Nemtsov's murder. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [26 May 2017]

Arthur Panov complains to ECtHR about violation of his rights
Arthur Panov, a citizen of Ukraine, accused of plotting a terror act in Rostov-on-Don, has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) with a complaint about violation of several articles of the Convention on Human Rights. The defendant also intends to seek the cancellation of his pre-trial restriction measure. Arthur Panov informed of the above the "Caucasian Knot" in his letter sent through his advocate. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [26 May 2017]

Russian Blogger Goes on Trial for ‘Inflicting Pain’ on the Cop He Says Beat Him Up
A district court in Kemerovo heard opening arguments this Thursday in a criminal case against Stanislav Kalinichenko, a local blogger accused of “inflicting pain” on a police officer during his arrest in June 2016. According to Kalinichenko, however, police only brought the charges after he complained about being brutally beaten in their custody. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [25 May 2017]

Svetlana Anokhina awarded 2016 Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev journalism award
The "Caucasian Knot" has named the winners of the annual award for journalistic materials about the Caucasus, organized in memory of Dagestani journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [25 May 2017]