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30 December 2016

posted 30 Dec 2016, 01:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Dec 2016, 01:06 ]
Putin Bans Officials From Owning Foreign Assets Via Third Parties

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning state officials from owning "foreign financial instruments" through third parties. The text of the new law – which applies to members of parliament, government officials, and law enforcement officers – was published on an official government legal website. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [29 December 2016]

Russian Orthodox Church Angry as State Destroys "Extremist" Bibles
Spokespeople of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed concern over a court ruling in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok that outlined destroying 40 Bibles in accordance with the notorious “Yarovaya legislation,” the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday. Earlier this week, Russian media reported a Vladivostok court handing down a 30,000-ruble ($495) fine to the Salvation Army christian organization for incorrectly marking bibles the organization was distributing. In addition to the fine, the court ordered the books' destruction – 36 Russian-language Bibles and four English-language ones among them. It is the first precedent of implementing the “Yarovaya legislation” and its harsher regulations for missionaries. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [28 December 2016]

In Dagestan, relatives of local resident complain about his kidnapping

Today, Umakhan Umakhanov, a resident of the village of Kokrek of the Khasavyurt District of Dagestan, has been kidnapped by armed men in masks. This was reported to the "Caucasian Knot" by relatives of the kidnapped man. According to Ekaterina Voronina, in the morning, armed men in masks drove her husband Umakhan Umakhanov, born in 1987, away with them to some unknown destination. The woman has noted that her husband was put on a police prevention registration list, but had not been detained earlier. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [28 December 2016]

Chechnya's SC upholds verdict to Geriev
Today, the Supreme Court (SC) of the Chechen Republic has announced its decision on the case of Zhalaudi Geriev, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent: the conviction passed by the Shali District Court of Chechnya was upheld. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 5 Geriev was sentenced to three years in colony on charges of possessing marijuana. At the trial at the Shali District Court – the first-instance court – he completely refuted the investigators' version and stated that he had testified under pressure. On December 27, during the debates at the SC of Chechnya, Geriev and his advocates asked to cancel the sentence. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [28 December 2016]
See also: 'Geriev: FSB agents offered help in exchange for data about "Caucasian Knot",' Caucasian Knot, 28 December 2016; 'Human rights defenders treat verdict against Zhalaudi Geriev as politically motivated,' Caucasian Knot, 28 December 2016

Hunger strike of blogger Knedlyakovsky in Krasnodar supported by activist Chirikov
Alexei Knedlyakovsky and Victor Chirikov, arrested for participation in the action near the monument to Dzerzhinsky in Krasnodar, have gone on a hunger strike, their advocates have reported. The advocate of Mr Chirikov said that a complaint had been lodged against the arrest. The advocate of Mr Knedlyakovsky is concerned about his client's health. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 23, the Leninsky District Court of Krasnodar found the blogger and painter Alexei Knedlyakovsky guilty of disorderly conduct and sentenced him to 15 days of arrest; the same penalty was imposed on the Krasnodar activist Victor Chirikov. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [28 December 2016]

Oleg Miskhozhev's mother reports to Court about torture of her son at police station
At a hearing of the North-Caucasian Military Court in the case of an attempt to create a caliphate in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR), the Court has questioned Marina Shogenova, the mother of defendant Oleg Miskhozhev. According to the woman, her son was tortured after his detention, and the Prosecutors' Office failed to react to the complaints about violations of the Oleg Miskhozhev's rights. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that starting from August, the case against 10 residents of Kabardino-Balkaria, accused of an attempt to create a caliphate with Sharia form of government in the republic, is being considered at the North-Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [27 December 2016]