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27 July 2017

posted 27 Jul 2017, 12:02 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jul 2017, 12:29 ]

Memorial Gives File On 13 Missing Chechens To Russian Ombudswoman
The Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center has handed materials regarding the fates of 13 Chechen men, who have been missing for months, to Russian Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova and Russia's presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. Memorial's chairman, Oleg Orlov, said on July 27 that the organization has determined that authorities launched an investigation against the 13 missing men on suspicion that they attacked law enforcement officers in December in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [27 July 2017]

Russian Draft Dodgers to be Banned From Public Sector Jobs for 10 Years
Draft dodgers will be barred from working in the public sector for at least 10 years after they fail to join the Army, according to an amendment published on the government's legal portal on Thursday. An earlier version of the law passed in 2013 imposed a lifetime ban on draft dodgers. Following an appeal by parliamentarians in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, however, Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled the measure unlawful in October 2014, demanding a limit to the ban. In its amended form, the law requires military commissariats to inform state bodies of those who dodge conscription and obliges them to discharge the respective employees within 10 days. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [27 July 2017]

Raoul Wallenberg’s niece sues Russia’s FSB over information about her uncle
Marie Dupuy, niece of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who went missing in the late 1940s, had filed a lawsuit against Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) with a Moscow court seeking to obtain information about the fate of her uncle, lawyer Ivan Pavlov representing the claimant told RAPSI on Thursday. Pavlov reminded that Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II, went missing in 1947 after being arrested by the Soviet counterespionage service. Since then, the lawyer said, Russian authorities have been repeatedly declining to provide Wallenberg’s relatives documents, which could clarify his fate. [...]

Source: RAPSI [27 July 2017]

Russian Supreme Court increases sentence of Hizb-ut-Tahrir cell’s organizer by 3 years
The Supreme Court has increased the sentence of Crimean resident Ruslan Zeytullayev, who was convicted of establishing in the republic a cell of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization banned in Russia, from 12 to 15 years in prison, the court’s press service told RAPSI on Thursday. In September 2016, Zeytullayev was given 7 years behind bars for participation in terrorist activities. In December 2016, Russia’s Supreme Court reversed the sentence and ordered a retrial. During hearings in the Supreme Court, a prosecutor insisted on vacation of the judgment in order to typify the defendant’s is actions as organizing the activities of terrorist criminal association. In April 2017, the North-Caucasus District Military Court passed a 12-year prison sentence upon Zeytullayev. [...]

Source: RAPSI [27 July 2017]

Gannushkina expresses concerns about Tumso Abdurakhmanov's extradition to Russia
Tumso Abdurakhmanov, a native of Grozny, put in Russia on the wanted list, runs the risk of being extradited to his homeland despite a request to provide him with political refuge in Georgia. This opinion was voiced by human rights defender Svetlana Gannushkina. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Tumso Abdurakhmanov, put in Russia on the federal wanted list, reported his detention in one of the countries to where he went from Georgia. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [27 July 2017]