31 May 2016
A statement on urgent measures taken in response to threats to the life of Ayub Tuntuyev has been sent to the ECHR
On May 28, 2016, Ayub Tuntuyev was transferred to an unknown destination, probably in Pyatigorsk (Stavropol Territory Department of the Federal Corrections Service Remand Prison No 2), to the location where investigations were taking place into the crimes that he confessed to after undergoing a beating and threats of rape.
26 May 2016
Now, news has emerged of another incidence of beating. On May 17, at 10am, two men entered Tuntuyev’s cell and put a blindfold on him. “One of them dealt me 4-5 blows to the kidneys”, Tuntuyev told lawyers. “Then one of the two said, ‘Others will come to see you today and you will sign everything they give you to sign’. They also assured me that if I refused to sign the documents, I would be raped and then I’d be fed poisoned food. After these words, one of them hit me again on the head with his fist, and dealt me two blows in the chest with his knee. I agreed to their demands to sign all the documents.” The result was that Tuntuyev signed more than 50 sheets of procedural documents, including a document refusing his lawyer, Tagir Shamsudinov.
19 May 2016
On May 18, 2016, Russian Justice Initiative sent to the ECHR an application defending the rights of convicted person Ayub Tuntuyev, who was forced to sign a confession to new crimes under torture. The authorities prevented lawyers from seeing Tuntuyev and the statement about torture was not properly investigated. While held in Prison Colony 6 in the village of Melikhovo, Vladimir Region, Tuntuyev signed on May 27, 2015, a confession to having taken part in armed combat in Chechnya and Dagestan in 2000-2005. Lawyers are certain that this confession was obtained under torture.
17 May 2016
The ECHR, acting under its priority policy, took only five months to communicate the application filed by Russian Justice Initiative on behalf of Leyla Muruzheva
On April 28, 2016, officers from the Shali District Interior Ministry Office, after a three-year custody battle, returned to Chechnya resident Elita Magomadova her 7-year-old son, who was abducted by her former husband in 2013. Magomadova also filed a complaint with the ECHR. Lawyers from Russian Justice Initiative handle a considerable number of similar cases in which courts rule in favour of the mother, but children are not handed back. Bailiffs not carrying out court decisions regarding return of children to their mother’s custody is systemic in a number of North Caucasus regions.
3 May 2016
The ECHR will examine a complaint for violation of article 8 of the Convention for Human Rights in the case of Anzor Mashukov
Anzor Mashukov, one of those sentenced in the Case of the 58, was sentenced by the Kabardino-Balkaria Supreme Court to life imprisonment. The state accuses him of a number of serious crimes, participation in a criminal group, active involvement in an armed uprising, attempted murder of law enforcement officers, unlawful possession of weapons and other crimes. Anzor Mashukov was detained 6 months after the events of 2005. His lawyer, Olga Kelemetova, said that he was effectively abducted from the territory of another country – Abkhazia.
2 May 2016
The case materials show that on August 4, 2012, in the village of Komsomolskoye, Kizilyurt District, Republic of Dagestan, at around 2am, Adam Khairulayev was abducted, with numerous witnesses present, by armed, masked men dressed in camouflage gear. A criminal case was opened soon after, but the investigation was not conducted in effective fashion. The criminal case was unlawfully halted and resumed at least five times. The applicant, the abducted man’s mother, believes that Khairulayev perhaps fell victim to extra-judicial punishment and that the investigators did not conduct an effective investigation into his forced disappearance and probable death. The accusations include violation of the right to life, ineffective investigation, and suffering caused to family members by the authorities’ lack of action.