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26 July 2018

posted 26 Jul 2018, 08:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Jul 2018, 09:21 ]
Aslan Yandiev, accused of terrorism, convoyed to North Ossetia
Aslan Yandiev, who had been extradited from Slovakia on the charge of involvement in terror acts, was taken from Moscow to Vladikavkaz and placed to the FSB SIZO (pre-trial prison). The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Aslan Yandiev, an Ingush native of the Prigorodny District of North Ossetia, was detained in Slovakia at the request issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). The suspect was kept under arrest since 2011. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [26 July 2018]

Investigators bring charges against member of notorious Basayev gang
Aslan Yandiyev, an alleged member of a gang led by Shamil Basayev, a notorious Chechen warlord, has been charged in the framework of a criminal case opened over organization of terror attacks in Vladikavkaz in 2006, the press-service of the Investigative Committee states on Thursday. The defendant is charged with banditry, illicit arms trafficking, murders and organization of six terror attacks. According to a statement of the Federal Security Service (FSB), he was involved in the organization and committing a series of deadly terror attacks in the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, in 2006. Investigators claim that the defendant fled Russia in order to avoid criminal prosecution in 2010. In 2011, he was arrested in Slovakia. On July 18, Yandiyev was extradited to Russia. [...]
Source: RAPSI [26 July 2018]

Members of Hizb ut-Tahrir cell in St. Petersburg receive prison terms for terrorism
Members of the St. Petersburg cell of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist group banned in Russia were sentenced to prison terms varying from 5 to 10.5 years in prison, RAPSI correspondent reports from the Leningrad District Military Court. Overall, eight persons were found guilty of participation in the activity of a terrorist organization. According to case papers, since November 2013 the Hizb ut-Tahrir cell has been operating in the Leningrad Region and St. Petersburg. Russian citizens Maksim Tsvetkov, Aziz Yusufov, Artur Akhmedov, Islam Akhmedov and Eldar Mamedov were arrested in November 2016. Tajik national Farkhod Nurmatov was arrested in January 2017. Two more defendants, Mirzobarat Mirzosharipov and Magomed Akhimov were arrested in June 2017. [...]

Source: RAPSI [26 July 2018]

Russian court detains sixth defendants in prison torture case
The Zavolzhsky District Court of the city of Yaroslavl detained Dmitry Solovyov, a junior inspector of the Yaroslavl Penal Colony One, suspected of involvement in torture of an inmate, over which a criminal case had been opened, the press-service of the court told RAPSI on Thursday. According to a representative of the court, five suspects have been detained as part of an abuse of office involving use of violence case, which is being investigated by the main directorate of the Investigative Committee. The crime may be punished by a prison term of up to 10 years. [...]

Source: RAPSI [26 July 2018]

Russia Deflects Criticism From UN Rights Experts on Prison Torture
UN human rights experts urged Russian officials to prosecute alleged widespread cases of torture including beatings, electric shocks or burial in snow at labor camps in Siberia. Deputy justice minister Mikhail Galperin, leading Russia's delegation at a hearing of the UN Committee against Torture, said on Wednesday that strict rules governed the use of force in prisons. "Each case where a detainee is harmed or if they in particular die as a result of physical force, special measures, or use of firearms, the prosecutor is informed within one day with supporting documentation," he said. But Galperin gave no details of any officials prosecuted for torture at the start of the two-day examination of Russia's record. Russia will respond to detailed questions on Thursday. Some 600,000 people are held in nearly 1,000 prisons and detention centres across Russia, with 4,000 deaths from various causes recorded each year, "one of the highest rates in the Council of Europe countries," panel chairman Jens Modvig said. "There is no rule ensuring that punishment for torture corresponds to the seriousness of the crime," Modvig said. "This is more regrettable in that torture is practiced widely." [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [26 July 2018]

UN CaT points to human rights violations in Northern Caucasus
The situation in Northern Caucasus is a matter of serious concern: extrajudicial executions, torture, kidnappings are fixed there but remain non-investigated, Claude Heller, a member of the UN Committee against Torture (CaT), has stated. Russian human rights defenders have called on the UN to pay special attention to human rights violations in Chechnya. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on the International UN Day in support of victims of torture, rights activists predicted an increase in the number of complaints from Northern Caucasus, although residents of the region are reluctant to report such crimes. Lawyers treat the cases related to torture that reached trials as an exception. On Wednesday, June 25, Russia submitted a country's report on torture to the UN CaT. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [26 July 2018]

Oyub Titiev's defence in Chechnya has chance to prove case falsification
The Supreme Court (SC) of Chechnya has satisfied the complaint of the defence of Oyub Titiev, the head of the Grozny office of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" asking to check the records of bout the examination of the DVRs (digital video recorders) installed along the Oyub's path on the day of his detention. The check can prove the destruction of video records and confirm the falsification of the charges, Pyotr Zaikin, an advocate, has suggested. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 19, the trial of Oyub Titiev started. Seven prosecution witnesses-policemen gave very similar testimonies, without telling anything about Titiev's detention on January 9. Since January 11, Titiev is under arrest on charges of possessing marijuana. He keeps insisting that the drug was planted on him by a law enforcer and would not plead guilty. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [25 July 2018]

Pro-Stalin Lawmaker Confirmed As Head Of Duma Culture Committee
An outspokenly pro-Stalin, nationalist lawmaker has been confirmed as head of the Russian State Duma's Culture Committee. Deputy Yelena Yampolskaya of the ruling United Russia party was confirmed in the post on July 25 after it was vacated by the death of noted Soviet filmmaker Stanislav Govorukhin in June. Yampolskaya has made headlines several times in the past with public statements in support of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, whom she has said "was sent by God to preserve Russia." A journalist, theater critic, and former editor of the Kultura newspaper, Yampolskaya was elected to the Duma in 2016. She has been outspoken in her support for the controversial 2013 law banning gay "propaganda" that has been condemned by rights groups and foreign governments. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [26 July 2018]

Ingush State Archive gets unique documents about deported Vainakh people
Ingushetia has got a large archive containing documents about the life and activities of special settlers during the years of deportation. As a result of the specialists' work in the archival institutions of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, 2000 sheets and personnel documents concerning the lives of special settlers were found. All documents will be included in the Archive Fund of Ingushetia, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was informed by Magomed Kartoev, the director for the State Archive of the Republic of Ingushetia. "Our main task is to restore lost documents of historical and cultural heritage and, in particular, to search for documents in the archival institutions of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where Chechen and Ingush people were deported," said Magomed Kartoev. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [26 July 2018]