28 January 2016
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
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
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
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.