Monday, 26 June

<< Daily digests – June 2017 >>

— AUTHORITIES TARGET “TELEGRAM” AFTER PETERSBURG BOMBING —

Russia’s FSB security agency has said the Telegram mobile messaging app was used by a suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St Petersburg in April. Authorities have already threatened to block the app, founded by Russian businessman Pavel Durov, for refusing to sign up to new data laws. Mr Durov has refused to let regulators access encrypted messages on the app. Telegram has some 100 million users and has been used by so-called Islamic State (IS) and its supporters. (More, see  BBC, 26 June 2017)

— IS THE END NEAR FOR “TELEGRAM” IN RUSSIA? —

On June 26, Russia’s Federal Security Service announced that the April 3 terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg metro, which left 16 people dead, was coordinated using the messaging app Telegram. In a press release, the Security Service (FSB) said it had “reliable information about the use of Telegram by the suicide terrorist, his accomplices, and his foreign handler to conceal their criminal intentions at all stages of organizing and preparing the terrorist attack.” The statement echoed similar sentiments from the US and European governments who have pushed for greater control over social media and messaging apps, arguing that they enable perpetrators to communicate and coordinate attacks. (More, see  Global Voices, 26 June 2017)

— COURT APPROVES SETTLEMENT IN DEFAMATION LAWSUIT BETWEEN ROSNEFT AND RBC —

The Moscow District Commercial Court has approved the settlement between Rosneft oil corporation and Russian news outlet RBC in a 3.1-billion-ruble defamation lawsuit (about $52.5 million at the current exchange rate), the defendant’s representative told RAPSI on Monday. Proceedings in the case were dropped and details of the settlement remain unknown. On December 12, 2016, the Moscow Commercial Court granted the claim of Rosneft in part ordering RBC to pay the corporation 390,000 roubles (over $6,000) with Rosneft initially seeking 3.1 billion roubles. (More, see  RAPSI, 26January 2017)

— COURT SUSPENDS ACTIVITIES OF “POLISH COMMUNITY” —

The Dzerzhinksy district court of St. Petersburg has ruled to indefinitely terminate activity of Polish NGO “Polish Community” Association (Wspólnota Polska) because of fire safety violations in the building used by the organization, RIA Novosti reported on Monday. A lawsuit against the organization was lodged by the St. Petersburg Prosecutor’s Office. The lawsuit was related to several reports on fire safety violations filed by the Emergency Ministry. Earlier, head of the NGO’s St. Petersburg branch Tatyana Rakus announced that the organization was unable to follow through directives of the ministry because the building is a memorial and is under state protection. According to Rakus, the Association owns a building in St. Petersburg and is renting it to various Polish NGOs for free. (More, see  RAPSI, 26 June 2017)

— PROBE INTO ANOTHER PARTICIPANT OF MOSCOW RALLY COMPLETED —

Investigation into Dmitry Krepkin, one more participant of the unauthorized March 26 rally in Moscow, who stands charged with attacking a police officer, has been completed, attorney Ilnur Sharapov told RAPSI on Monday. Krepkin earlier was put in detention. Two other rally participants, Yury Kuly and Alexander Shpakov have been already sentenced for violence against a law enforcement officer. Kuly was given 8 months in a penal colony settlement. Shpakov received a 1.5-year prison sentence. They have pleaded guilty. (More, see RAPSI, 26 June 2017)

— PROSECUTION OF RUSLAN GVASHEV SHOWS IGNORANCE OF ADYGEIAN CUSTOMS, SAY HISTORIANS —

Researchers from the Kabardino-Balkarian Institute for Humanitarian Research (known as KBIGI) have sent an appeal to Veniamin Kondratiev, Governor of the Krasnodar Territory. In their appeal, they have expressed their concern over prosecution of Ruslan Gvashev, an activist of the Adyghe national movement. According to the appeal, the reason for the prosecution of Ruslan Gvashev is in his participation in the funeral service timed to May 21, the memorial date to pay tribute to the victims of the Caucasian War. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on June 2, the Lazarevskoe District Court of Sochi found Ruslan Gvashev guilty of organizing an unsanctioned action on the Day of the Adyghe Memory and fined him by 10,000 roubles. On June 2, Ruslan Gvashev told the “Caucasian Knot” about his categorical disagreement with the court judgement. He noted that “on May 21, for many years Adygei have gathered near the Tulip Tree, and they need no permits.” (More, see Caucasian Knot, 26 June 2017)

— ZHALAUDI GERIEV’S COMPLAINT FILED WITH ECtHR —

The defence of Zhalaudi Geriev, a “Caucasian Knot” correspondent, accused of drug trafficking, filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Zhalaudi Geriev says that the charge has been fabricated. Earlier, human rights organizations have recognized him as a political prisoner. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on April 5, 2017, the Presidium of the Chechen Supreme Court (SC) upheld the verdict to Zhalaudi Geriev, who on September 5, 2016, was sentenced by the Shali District Court to three years of imprisonment on the charge of possession of marijuana. Zhalaudi Geriev was born in the village of Kurchaloi in the Shali District of Chechnya. He graduated from the Faculty of History of the Chechen State University. The journalist is nominated for the “Prize for Freedom of Expression 2017”. According to the Zhalaudi Geriev’s advocate, during the consideration of the journalist’s case, the preliminary investigation bodies, supervisory agencies and courts violated the norms of the European Convention on Human Rights. (More, see Caucasian Knot, 26 June 2017)

— FROM 19 TO 25 JUNE 2017, TWO KILLED IN ARMED CONFLICT IN N. CAUCASUS —

During the week from 19 to 25 June  2017, two persons were killed in the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus. No wounded were reported. These are the results of the calculations run by the “Caucasian Knot” based on its own materials and information from other open sources. Both killed men were suspected members of the armed underground in Dagestan. (More. see Caucasian Knot, 26 June 2017)

— TWO KILLED IN KHASAVYURT SHOOTOUT —

In Khasavyurt, law enforcers entered a shootout with suspected militants. As a result, two persons were killed. This was reported by a source from the law enforcement agencies. According to the source, today, in Khasavyurt, two men “rendered armed resistance to policemen who tried to detain the suspects.” The attackers were killed by return fire, reported the source from the law-enforcement agencies. According to the source, the killed suspects “have already been identified, but their names are not disclosed in the interests of the investigation,” the RIA “Dagestan” reports. (More, see  Caucasian Knot, 25 June 2017)

 

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