Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev (left). Screenshot:

19 August 2021, 10:41

SIZO employees tell advocate about Magamadov's and Isaev's illness

Again, the advocate of Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev was not allowed to visit them at the SIZO (pre-trial prison), as the stuff thereof said that the brothers were sick with coronavirus, the advocate said. The "Russian LGBT Network"* will ask again the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to take urgent measures to protect Magamadov's and Isaev's rights, said the press secretary, Tim Bestsvet.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on August 13, the advocate was informed that Magamadov and Isaev had been placed under quarantine; he did not believe it and filed a complaint about the refusal to visit his clients. The brothers are in danger, said the "Russian LGBT Network"*. On August 17, the advocate was again denied a visit to the brothers.

In early February law enforcers took out from Nizhni Novgorod to Chechnya two Chechen natives – the 20-year-old Salekh Magamadov and his brother Ismail, who was a minor at that time. On February 9, 2021, the court, in the absence of the boys' advocates and parents, ruled to place them into custody.

Alexander Nemov, the advocate, was again not allowed to see his clients at the SIZO. The reason was explained by the staff as the increased brothers' body temperature; they fell ill with coronavirus, the advocate told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

Mr Nemov said that he was not shown any documents confirming the brothers' fever; therefore, he sent complaints to the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (known as FSIN) and to the FSIN's branch in Chechnya on the fact that the advocate was not allowed to visit his clients.

The SIZO staff has failed to present the advocate with any legal ground for his non-access to his clients, but they assured that they would be able to let him in on August 19, the press secretary of the "Russian LGBT Network"*, Tim Bestsvet, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

The "Russian LGBT Network"* will submit a repeated complaint to the ECtHR under Rule 39 on taking urgent measures to protect Magamadov and Isaev, he added.

* The organization is included by the Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in the “Register of non-profit organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent”.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 19, 2021 at 00:25 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Oleg Krasnov; Source: CK correspondent

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