Logo of the Amnesty International, screenshot of the website https://www.amnesty.org

19 March 2019, 11:56

AI condemns sentence to Oyub Titiev

The trial of Oyub Titiev, the head of the Grozny office of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial", held in Chechnya, has demonstrated all the evils of the Russian justice, Mary Struthers, Director of the Amnesty International (AI) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

On March 18, the court sentenced Titiev to four years in colony after finding him guilty of drug possession. The court found the testimonies of the defence witnesses to be insignificant.

Titiev himself insists that the drug was planted on him. The HRC "Memorial" has presented 10 facts evidencing that the case had been falsified.

The four-year colony term appointed to Titiev is "an insult to human rights and justice," since the court ignored all the proofs of his innocence, Ms Struthers has stated.

At the trial over Titiev, the court was just a tool in the hands of the Chechen authorities, she has noted. At the start of the trial, rights defenders demanded to transfer it to another region, the AI's official has recalled.

"We call for the immediate release of Titiev, since he is a prisoner of conscience, convicted only for his human rights work in Chechnya," says the AI's website.

Yakub Titiev, Ouyb's brother, has treated the verdict as cruel. The court became a great stress for the whole family; and Ouyb's relatives were under huge pressure, he told the "Caucasian Knot".

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 19, 2019 at 02:42 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

All news

July 16, 2019 00:52

  • Human rights defenders: why natives of Caucasus leave for Europe

    The practice to deport natives of Northern Caucasus to Russia contradicts the principles of the international law. People who seek asylum in Europe are victims of domestic violence and unlawful criminal prosecution, as well as those who are being harassed in their homeland for their religious beliefs. This is stated in the report prepared by human rights defender Svetlana Gannushkina, extracts from which the "Caucasian Knot" publishes.

July 15, 2019 22:47

July 15, 2019 22:35

  • Picketers on anniversary of Natalia Estemirova's murder detained

    Law enforcers detained Alexander Cherkasov, the chairman of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" Board, Svetlana Gannushkina, the head "Civic Assistance Committee", and Elena Milashina, a correspondent of the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta". The activists held a picket in the centre of Moscow to remind people of the unsolved murder of Natalia Estemirova.

July 15, 2019 18:06

July 15, 2019 17:22

  • Georgian activists report about new conflict on territory of monastery complex

    A conflict between residents of Georgia and border guards of Azerbaijan arose at the "David Gareja" Monastery Complex after icons had been removed from one of the temples, reported a guide of the monastery complex. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for Georgia reported about launching an investigation into the incident.

News archive