22 years before Bucha. Human rights activist Oleg Orlov on how Memorial investigated civilian murders in Chechnya [Mediazona]

8 April 2022 By Dima Shvets Source: Mediazona During the two wars in Chechnya, soldiers in the Russian army were accused more than once of killing civilians during mop-up operations.…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: An Epidemic of Obscurantism and Lawlessness

2 February 2022  Aleksandr Podrabinek  Source: Vot-Tak.TV Obscurantism and barbaric traditions have been moldering for a long time, but now they’ve blazed up full blast. For over a year, it’s…

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Ekho Moskvy editorial board: ‘We ask the President of the Russian Federation to intervene in the situation’

2 February 2022 By the editorial board of Ekho Moskvy Source: Ekho Moskvy In connection with the threats made against our colleagues from Novaya gazeta and Dozhd* TV channel by…

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Person of the Week: Khalimat Taramova, forcibly taken by Chechen police from a women’s shelter in Dagestan

Week-ending 18 June 2021 On 10 June Khalimat Taramova, the daughter of an associate of Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was forcibly taken by police from a shelter for battered women…

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Elena Milashina: ‘I can’t tolerate cowards.’ Why I am refusing the Franco-German Prize For Human Rights

9 April 2021 by Elena Milashina, columnist of Novaya Gazeta, winner of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Новая газета] UPDATED 11.04.2021: The Novy Urengoy police have…

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Quote for the Week. ‘French authorities outrageously proceeded with Gadaev’s expulsion despite the decision by the national asylum court prohibiting his expulsion if it meant his return to Russia due to substantiated fears for his life and safety’ – from a statement by 12 human rights organisations

Week-ending 16 April 2021 'Chechen police abducted Magomed Gadaev, an asylum seeker from Chechnya, in the Russian Federation, and a key witness in a high-profile torture investigation against Chechnya’s authorities, two days after…

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Memorial Human Rights Centre: Salman Tepsurkaev, who was abducted, is a political prisoner

7 April 2021 Salman Tepsurkaev, a 19-year-old moderator of the oppositionist Telegram channel 1ADAT that reported on human rights violations in Chechnya, was abducted in early September 2020 Source: Memorial…

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Dmitry Makarov and Oleg Orlov on the prospects of the investigation into Kadyrov’s threats

8 April 2021 Source: Moscow Helsinki Group On 7th April 2021, the Supreme Court of Chechnya ordered the case concerning Ramzan Kadyrov's public threats to human rights defenders and journalists…

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Elena Milashina: Kadyrov Regiment Senior Sergeant Suleyman Gezmakhmayev speaks out for the first time about the extrajudicial killings of Chechnya residents without hiding the names of the executioners

15 March 2021 By Elena Milashina, a journalist at Novaya gazeta, laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Новая газета] Kadyrov Regiment Senior Sergeant Suleyman…

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CSO of the Week: Novaya gazeta is victim of possible chemical attack after it reports on extra-judicial killings in Chechnya

Week-ending 19 March 2021 On Monday, 15 March 2021, Novaya gazeta, an independent newspaper founded in 1993, said it believes the entrance to its Moscow offices was subject to a…

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