13 February 2019, 08:17

HRC "Memorial" points to intensified repressive trends with Dagestan as example

From year to year, in Russia, prosecutions under antiterrorist articles is becoming more and more widespread, with a third of such cases being initiated for publishing on the Internet, a review of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" asserts.

The criminal cases opened under the anti-terrorist Article 205.2 of the Russia's Criminal Code are "confidently crowding out the fight against extremism, which is now out of fashion," the HRC "Memorial" has stated. A third of these cases are initiated for statements and publications on the Internet, but the punishments are harsher than for killing several people in the heat of passion, the rights defenders assert.

"The current practice of using Article 205.2 of the Russia's Criminal Code, in general, demonstrates extremely dangerous repressive trends," says the review. The minimum prison term under Article 205.2 is extended to five years; and in practice, court in most cases appoint real imprisonment, Darya Kostromina, an author of the review, says.

As one of the examples, the review, in particular, considers the criminal prosecutions of Boris Stomakhin, a publicist, and Makhmud Velitov, a Moscow's Imam. Velitov was detained in 2016 for the sermon, spoken back in 2013, the review says. The case of Megomednabi Magomedov, an Imam of the "Eastern" Mosque in Khasavyurt, is cited as a typical unfair criminal prosecution caused by a political motive.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 12, 2019 at 09:45 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

All news

March 18, 2019 13:08

  • Ten signs of fabrication in Oyub Titiev's case reported before verdict

    On March 18, in Chechnya, a court will pronounce the verdict to Oyub Titiev, the head of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" office in Grozny. The defence has managed to draw attention to the trial, and that fact will positively affect the Oyub Titiev's reputation and security, his advocate believes. The HRC "Memorial" presented 10 facts proving the falsification of the Oyub Titiev's case.

March 18, 2019 13:02

March 18, 2019 12:59

March 18, 2019 12:57

March 17, 2019 11:36

  • Residents of Chechnya find excuses for MP's words about Russians unpersuasive

    The public statement about dislike for Russians was misunderstood, said Magomed Khanbiev, a Chechen MP, explaining that he meant militaries. Djambulat Umarov, a Chechen Minister, has supported Khanbiev, also pointing to an inaccurate interpretation of his words. However, social network users and republic's residents are sceptical of these statements.

News archive