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22 September 2016

RJI releases English translation of study on female genital mutilation in Dagestan

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

RJI reports to Committee of Ministers on identification of remains

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

Victim of severe torture in Kabardino-Balkaria applies to the European Court

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

Request lodged to transfer investigation of domestic violence murder case from Ingushetia to Moscow

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

European Court grants interim measures for Nalchik accused

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.

9 February 2016

Russia responsible for the deaths of 6 men in Chechnya, finds European Court

The applicants were awarded a total of 209 000 euro in pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages. In total, the Court awarded 369 000 euro in damages to all of the applicants in its two judgments.  "After the judgment enters into force the relatives of the victims will be paid the court-awarded compensation from the federal budget," said Olga Gnezdilova, Legal Director of Russian Justice Initiative. "The organization's lawyers will continue their efforts to obtain an effective investigation and accountability for the crimes."

28 January 2016

Russia’s Supreme Court upholds sentence for convicted in 2005 Nalchik attack case

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has today upheld the verdict issued by the Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria in the criminal case concerning the 2005 attack on Nalchik, known as the “Trial of the 58.” The term of imprisonment was reduced by 6 months for all of the accused except those five who had previously received life sentences—Aslan Kuchmenov, Anzor Mashukov, Murat Bapinayev, Eduard Mironov and Rasul Kudayev. Russian Justice Initiative represented the interests of 12 defendants in the case in their appeals to the Russian Supreme Court and in their applications before the European Court of Human Rights, in which they alleged torture and cruel treatment as well as the denial of the right to effective counsel. At present, most of the complaints have been communicated to the Russian authorities. 

27 January 2016

Russia’s Supreme Court refuses release for severely ill prisoner

Russia’s Supreme Court refuses release for severely ill prisoner

Today the Supreme Court of Russia refused to release Amur Khakulov, a severely ill prisoner. Khakulov, who is accused of participating in the armed attack on the city of Nalchik in 2005, developed a kidney disease due to poor incarceration conditions at the detention center. Because of the lack of the prescribed medication in detention, his illness progressed and a year ago he was found to be chronically ill. At present, he is in extremely grave condition.

26 January 2016

Partner organizations of Russian Justice Initiative inspected under foreign agents legislation

The Russian Ministry of Justice has begun unplanned inspections of Foundation “Justice Initiative” in Nazran as well as the NGO “Legal Assistance – Astreya” in Moscow, which are the two leading partner organizations of Russian Justice Initiative (RJI). 

21 January 2016

Husband of domestic violence victim detained in Ingushetia

Husband of domestic violence victim detained in Ingushetia

On 21 January 2016, Muharbek Yevloyev, husband of Marem Aliyeva, was detained in accordance with Article 91 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation. Aliyeva has been missing for four months, and disappeared in life-threatening circumstances.