North Caucasus

(English) Russian Special Forces Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Beating Chairman of Memorial Human Rights Center

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders welcomes the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) which ruled that Russian special forces were directly involved in the kidnapping of Oleg Orlov, the then-head of Memorial Human Rights Center, and the assault and kidnapping of three journalists from Ren TV channel back in 2007 in the Republic of Ingushetia located in the Russian North Caucasus.

(English) Video: Ten Years After Anna Politkovskaya’s Murder – The Mastermind Still Walks Free

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(English) Anna Politkovskaya worked as a journalist at the investigative paper Novaya Gazeta and was internationally famous for her reports about human rights abuses in warn-torn Chechnya. On 7 October 2006 she was gunned down in the elevator of her house in central Moscow. While the assassins have been sentenced, the investigation however, has never established who ordered this brazen murder.

(English) Human Rights Defender Brutalised and Sentenced on Fabricated Charges

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders condemns the conviction of Zhalaudi Geriev, a reporter with the Russian news site Caucasian Knot, to three years imprisonment for possession of narcotics. According to his lawyers Geriev’s conviction was based on a forced confession, fabricated evidence, and numerous violations of legal procedures and basic human rights. Geriev, who is 23, was targeted because of his journalistic activities. Along with his colleagues at Caucasian Knot, which has no central office and whose journalists often publish anonymously for both themselves and their families’ safety, Geriev wrote regularly about human rights violations in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Våldsam attack mot människorättsorganisation och journalister

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Civil Rights Defenders fördömer den våldsamma attack som drabbade vår partner, The Joint Mobile Group, och sex journalister från Sverige, Norge och Ryssland i Norra Kaukasus den 9 mars. Vi uppmanar den svenska regeringen att ställa krav på att ryska myndigheter startar en oberoende utredning för att fastställa vilka förövarna var, samt ifall de agerade på order från någon nationell eller regional enhet.

(English) Harassment and Intimidation Against Prominent Human Rights Defender in Ingushetia

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders is gravely concerned regarding the security infringements of Magomed Mutsolgov, a prominent human rights defender and leader of MASHR, an Ingush human rights organisation located in Ingushetia in the North Caucasus region of Russia. The concerns relate to a search on the 06th of November carried out by regional authorities on the office and home of Magomed Mutsolgov during which office equipment and documents were seized and subsequently confiscated.