Torture Victim handed over

Belarus sends Murad Amriev back to Russia << No 23 (256), 12 June 2017 >> On 8 June 2017 Belarusian authorities sent Murad Amriev [Amriyev], wanted in Chechnya with regard to a false documents allegation, to Russia despite concerns he could be tortured or killed. As RFE/RL reported, Amriev’s family pleaded desperately for him not to…

Dadin and Torture

<< No 9 (242), 6 March 2017 >> ♦  The impunity of police and prison staff – in Karelia, Chechnya and Strasbourg  ♦ On 26 February 2017 Ildar DADIN was released from prison in the Altai Region, following the quashing of his conviction by the Supreme Court. He was serving a 2½ year sentence as…

Twenty years on

<< No 7 (239) February 2017 >> ♦  On burying the victims of the First Chechen War  (1994-6) ♦ The remains of 109 people have been interred at a cemetery in the village of Pobedinskoye in the Grozny rural district of Chechnya. Since the remains were not identified before interment, the graves bear numbers which…

The situation in Chechnya

<< No 5 (238), 6 February 2017 >> •  The militant attack on staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs which took place in Grozny on 18 December 2016 sent ripples through the Chechen Republic and led to the largest-scale security operation in recent years  • In January of this year, around 60 people were…

Eight Federal Districts

<< Publications 2016 >> ♦  The Russian Federation ♦ The Eight Federal Districts (2010 population census, in millions and % of whole) 1. CENTRAL RUSSIA – 38.4 million (27%) – Moscow – 11.9 million (8%); Voronezh * 2. VOLGA FEDERAL DISTRICT – 29.9 million (21%) – Nizhny Novgorod – million;  Perm * Yoshkar-Ola * Samara…

The case of Pyotr Parpulov

<< 24 April 2016 >> ♦  Air-traffic controller from Sochi  ♦ Petr Parpulov, an air traffic control officer from Sochi, has been sentenced to 12 years in a strict regime penal colony under Article 275 (treason) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Parpulov was accused of having passed information in 2010 that constituted…