Monday, 12 June

<< Daily Digest – June 2017 >>

= Murad Amriev says his rights are observed in Chechnya =
Today, at a press conference, athlete Murad Amriev, released from the police in Grozny this night, has told journalists about the circumstances of his transfer from Belarus to Russia and further transfer to Chechnya. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that Murad Amriev, the world champion in MMA, was detained in Belarus and handed over to FSB agents. On June 9, a source from the law enforcement agencies informed the “Caucasian Knot” that Murad Amriev was placed to a temporary detention facility of the Staropromyslovsky ROVD (District Interior Division) in Grozny. In the evening of June 9, Igor Kalyapin, the leader of the “Committee for the Prevention of Torture”, announced the release of the athlete. […] Source: Caucasian Knot [10 June 2017]
= Russia protests: Hundreds detained at opposition rallies =
Hundreds of people have been detained at anti-corruption rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg. Riot police in central Moscow were picking protesters out of the crowd at random, a BBC correspondent at the demonstration has said. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at his home ahead of the protests, according to his wife. Thousands of supporters have heeded his call to take to the streets of Moscow and other Russian cities. OVD-Info, an independent NGO, told Russian media that 600 people had been detained at the Moscow protest. […]
Source: BBC [12 June 2017]

= Russia refuses to let imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader see his gravely ill mother =
There appear to be no depths that Russia and its court lackeys will not stoop to. Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz has been refused permission to see his mother who is critically ill, and has not seen her son for two years. […]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [12 June 2017]

= Poison in the System =
When a financier dropped dead in Britain shortly after exposing a vast Russian crime, police said it was not suspicious. But with his inquest now underway, BuzzFeed News has uncovered explosive evidence of a suspected Kremlin assassination plot – and a secret assignation in Paris on the eve of his death – that the British authorities have sidelined.The British government is suppressing explosive intelligence that Alexander Perepilichnyy, a financier who exposed a vast financial crime by Russian government officials, was likely assassinated on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. […]
Source: BuzzFeed [author: Heidi Blake; 12 June 2017]

= Russia puts Historian of the Soviet Terror on Trial =
The closed trial has begun in Russia of Yury Dmitriev, a 61-year-old historian and head of the Karelia Memorial Society who has devoted his life to ensuring that the truth is known about the Soviet Terror and that the mass graves of its victims are found. The official reason for holding closed hearings is that the indictment concerns a minor. Since there is no evidence to substantiate highly implausible charges, it seems likely that the secrecy is aimed at concealing the true nature of this disturbing case which has already led to calls for those implicated in it to be subjected to sanctions under the Magnitsky List. […] Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [9 June 2017]

= Pyotr Zaikin: Murad Amriev’s refusal of legal aid not related to jurisprudence =
Pyotr Zaikin, an advocate of Murad Amriev, world champion in MMA, who was brought to Grozny after his extradition from Belarus, has explained his client’s decision to refuse the defender by the fact that he himself had been painfully perceived by officials in Chechnya since the Ruslan Kutaev’s case. Murad Amriev came to a compromise with law enforcers “on the basis of the local law.” […]
Source: Caucasian Knot [11 June 2017]

= Rights defenders explain Amriev’s statements as compromise with Chechen law enforcers =
The statements of the athlete Murad Amriev about the respect of his rights in Chechnya were caused by his situation of a hostage: now he is not really harassed, but he cannot express himself completely freely. This is the opinion of the rights defenders interviewed by the “Caucasian Knot“. Murad Amriev, the world champion in MMA, was detained in Belarus and handed over to FSB agents. On June 9, a source from the law enforcement agencies informed the “Caucasian Knot” that Murad Amriev was placed to a temporary detention facility of the Staropromyslovsky ROVD (District Interior Division) in Grozny. In the evening of June 9, Igor Kalyapin, the leader of the “Committee for the Prevention of Torture”, announced the release of the athlete. […]
Source: Caucasian Knot [10 June 2017]

= Amriev rejects advocate Zaikin =
Murad Amriev, an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) world champion, who was brought to Chechnya after his extradition from Belarus, decided to abandon his lawyer by agreement, Pyotr Zaikin, who is representing the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). Amriev himself reported this to the “Caucasian Knot“. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that Murad Amriev was detained in Belarus as a person wanted on suspicion of using a fraudulent document. On June 9, it became known that Amriev was taken to Chechnya. In the evening of June 9, Igor Kalyapin, the head of the CPT, announced the release of the athlete. Today, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Chechnya denied the motives of blood feud in Amriev’s case; and the athlete himself has stated that at this stage he is satisfied with the respect of his rights and is confident of his safety in Chechnya. […]
Source: Caucasian Knot [10 June 2017]

= Russia: Mass arrests tighten authorities’ stranglehold on freedom of expression =
A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russia in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt for fundamental human rights, Amnesty International said today. […] Source: Amnesty International [12 June 2017]

= State Duma committee backs bill banning anonymous messenger accounts =
The State Duma Committee on Information Policy has recommended that the lower house adopt in the first reading a bill regulating the work of messaging services and prohibiting anonymous use of online messengers, RIA Novosti reported Friday. The bill may be considered on June 14, according to the Committee’s Chair Leonid Levin. A group of lawmakers submitted the bill to the State Duma on May 24. Amendments are proposed to the Federal Law “On Information, Information Technology and Information Protection”. […]
Source: RAPSI [9 June 2017]
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