Chechnya. Photo by www.chechnyafree.ru

13 August 2009, 18:00

FIDH: Russia's anti-extremist laws give grounds to persecute dissidents

The Russian anti-extremist legislation has created a legal basis for persecuting both religious groups and public organizations; and these laws can be directed against written and oral statements. This was stated by the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) in its report "Russian Society under Control".

The FIDH marks that replenishment of the list of "forbidden" extremist publications is made day by day: even such texts like "Foundations of Islam" are included without any bibliographic data.

"An impression arises that the state has used this law for setting up some mechanism of political and ideological control, extremely pernicious for the freedom of speech and the freedom of worship," runs the report.

The FIDH especially emphasizes the use of the non-transparent notion of "warnings on inadmissibility of breaching the anti-extremist legislation", announced to organizations and mass media. In particular, such warning was announced in 2006 to the Society "Memorial", which had published in its Internet website the Mufti's opinion that certain texts disseminated by the "Khizb ut-Takhrir al-Islami" had nothing to do with extremism.

Alexander Verkhovskiy, director of the Information and Analytical Centre "Sova" and expert on the issues of illegitimate application of the anti-extremist legislation, believes that the practice of enforcing the Russian anti-extremist legislation has many facts of breaching citizens' rights and freedoms.

"Now, this anti-extremist legislation covers not only representatives of the so-called "non-traditional Islam", but many other religious trends," said Mr Verkhovskiy.

The expert has mentioned the Jehovah's Witnesses as an example: "Now, they are just heroes of a massive anti-campaign launched in many cities."

As reported earlier by the "Forum 18", from the start of March this year four advocates who defended the Jehovah's Witnesses at litigations in the SFD (South Federal District), which considered whether the literature of this religious organization was extremist, were deported from Russia.

"There's another interesting way to link these two topics (the anti-extremist legislation and breaching other laws in the course of its enforcement, - comment of the "Caucasian Knot"), since one of the attributes of extremist activity is wrongful accusation of an official of extremism and, accordingly, of some terrorist activity. The only organization in our country suspended officially for extremist activity, at least according to the Ministry of Justice, is the "Board of Elders of the Balkar Nation".

The expert has explained that the justice concluded that the Board had illegally accused their Kabardino-Balkarian President of indirect promoting terrorism by his actions.

"The latest example to the same topic - excessive application of the anti-extremist legislation - is a civil activist from Perm Igor Averkiev. A case was opened against him for alleged appeals to extremist activity. The essence of charges is in his proposal to separate Chechnya from Russia, as 'everything is bad there and not so bad here'," the expert said.

Author: Dmitry Florin; Source: CK correspondent

Form of mobile communication
SMS: 8 903-767-6060
Know more? Do not be silent!
Lt feedback banner
All news

September 26, 2016 09:55

September 26, 2016 01:42

September 25, 2016 21:54

  • 117 international observers accredited for referendum in Azerbaijan

    117 international observers from 35 countries throughout the world have been accredited to monitor the constitutional referendum held in the territory of the Azerbaijan. This has been reported today by Mazakhir Panakhov, the chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Azerbaijan.

September 24, 2016 23:24

  • Defence treats protocols in Baichorov's case as unreliable

    Part of the protocols in the case of Kurman-Ali Baichorov, an Imam of Kislovodsk, accused of illegal drug dealing, contained false information, the defence of the Imam has stated and asked to exclude them from the indictment. The court has held to check the evidence that were put by the first instance court into the basis of the sentence.

September 24, 2016 20:42

News archive