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29 December 2016

posted 28 Dec 2016, 23:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Dec 2016, 23:59 ]
Forgotten ‘Crimean saboteur’ prisoner defended Ukraine during Russian invasion

Back in 2014 Crimean Tatar Redvan Suleimanov was among the Ukrainians who held out for over 20 days, refusing to abandon a Ukrainian military unit surrounded by Russian soldiers. Two years later, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov notes [on 28 December 2016], he has been arrested by the FSB, part of a grotesque attempt to accuse Ukraine of ‘sabotage’ and ‘incursions’ on its own territory which is under Russian occupation. 26-year-old Suleimanov was the first Ukrainian to be arrested by the FSB at the end of July 2016. Why is not necessarily clear since his videoed ‘confession’ was broadcast after those of two other Ukrainians – Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei – and clearly linked to their testimony which both have since said was obtained through torture. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [29 December 2016]

Bolotnaya case defendant Panfilov to stay in jail until mid-June
The Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow has extended the detention of Maxim Panfilov, a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square riot case, until June 14, 2017, RAPSI reported from the courtroom on Wednesday. A motion for extension of Panfilov’s detention was filed by prosecution. Defense asked the court to release the defendant from a cage during the hearing as it is violation of the European Convention of Human Rights. Earlier, Panfilov was taken to the detention center’s psychiatric hospital for health reasons. [...]
Source: RAPSI [28 December 2016]

Russian court upholds sentence for pensioner over VKontakte post
The Supreme Court of the Chuvash Republic upheld a two-year suspended sentence handed down to pensioner Nikolay Egorov for reposting extremist content on VKontakte social network, his lawyer Yevgeny Gubin told RAPSI on Wednesday. Egorov was convicted of inciting ethnic hatred after an article by Russian journalist Boris Stomakhin was placed on his VKontakte page. [...]
Source: RAPSI [28 December 2016]

Southern Human Rights Centre put on registry of foreign agents

The decision to include the Krasnodar-based public organization "Southern Human Rights Centre" (SHRC) on the registry of foreign agents has been made on the outcomes of the check, the Russia's Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has reported. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the SHRC was established in 2012 and is engaged in "conducting public monitoring, and dissemination of reliable information on human rights and citizen's freedom violations." In August 2016, the SHRC reported a mass hunger strike of migrants in Sochi, but the prosecutor's office has refuted this information. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [27 December 2016]