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26 December 2017

posted 26 Dec 2017, 12:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Dec 2017, 12:14 ]
Russian Telecoms Watchdog Demands Explanation From Facebook, Instagram Over Blocked Kadyrov Accounts
Russia's telecommunications watchdog has demanded an explanation from social media networks Facebook and Instagram for their disabling of accounts belonging to Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya. "On December 26, Roskomnadzor sent a request to Facebook management, asking to clarify reasons for blocking Ramzan Kadyrov's Facebook and Instagram accounts," the watchdog’s press service said in a statement. Kadyrov accused the social media networks of bowing to pressure from Washington and blocking his pages on December 23, just days after the U.S. Treasury Department hit him with financial and travel sanctions. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [26 December 2017]

Resident of Ingushetia complains of torture after his detention
Ruslan Ugurchiev, a resident of Ingushetia, accused of illegal storage of arms and ammunition, has complained of torture aimed to obtain his confession, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" reported. According to rights defenders, 37-year-old Ruslan Ugurchiev appealed to the HRC on December 19. "Ruslan Ugurchiev was detained in Nazran on February 19. Armed law enforcers in masks broke into his house. They refused to introduce themselves or produce their IDs," the website of the HRC "Memorial" reports. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [26 December 2017]

Gay from Chechnya tells about demands to apologize to Kadyrov
Movsar Eskerkhanov, a refugee from Chechnya, said that he was forced to ask the authorities of the republic to forgive him for his coming-out. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on November 13, Movsar Eskerkhanov, a Chechen native, who is claiming a refugee status in Germany, speaking on air of the "Grozny" TV Channel, asked the leadership of Chechnya to pardon him. According to his story, Western journalists forced him to publicly confess to his homosexuality in order to "dishonour Chechens." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [26 December 2017]

Norwegian citizen detained by Russian court pleads not guilty to espionage
A citizen of Norway Frode Berg detained by a Russian court on suspicion of espionage has pleaded not guilty, his lawyer Ilya Novikov has told RAPSI. Earlier, the Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow ordered detention of Berg until February 5, 2018. The Norwegian national appealed the ruling. [...]
Source: RAPSI [26 December 2017]