22 September 2016
The report is the first to examine the practice of FGM in contemporary Russia, and is based on field interviews with 25 women and 17 experts. The study found that FGM is performed on girls in certain mountainous districts of Dagestan, usually before the age of 3. However, the practice has largely remained hidden and public opinion on the local level, including that of religious leaders, concerning the legitimacy and necessity of the practice is far from unanimous. In the mountain districts, there is close to full support for the practice.
24 August 2016
On 24 August 2016 RJI made a submission to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoM) concerning the execution of the judgment in the case of Israilova and others v Russia. The applicant’s son, Sharpuddin Israilov, disappeared in December 2002 from Khankala military base in Grozny.
24 March 2016
Today Russian Justice Initiative sent a complaint to the European Court on behalf of Inal Berov, who was tortured during his detention by police in Kabardino-Balkaria. Nalchik resident Inal Berov, a car mechanic, was detained on 7 March 2012. Police officers demanded that he confess to armed robbery. After an informal “talk” with the law enforcercement officers in custody, Berov was left with a fractured spine, a concussion and multiple hematomas all over his body, including the scrotum.
21 March 2016
A petition was sent today to the Investigative Committee of Russia requesting the transfer to Moscow of the investigation into Marem Aliyeva’s murder from the Ingush investigative authorities. Lawyer Olga Gnezdilova of Russian Justice Initiative said the reason for the petition was “the absence of investigation results and the continued threats to the victims, despite the state protection measures. In the six months that have passed since the disappearance of Marem, the investigation has not advanced a single step.”
17 March 2016
On 17 March 2016 the European Court for Human Rights satisfied the request of Russian Justice Initiative to order the application of urgent measures to the situation of Amur Khakulov, convicted in the context of the armed attack on Nalchik, currently suffering from kidney disease. The Court ordered the Russian government to immediately provide Khakulov with treatment via hemodialysis.