Week-ending 12 June 2020
Zarifa Sautieva’s arrest extended despite guarantees of human rights defenders
In the Stavropol Territory, the court extended the detention of Ingush activist Zarifa Sautieva until June 25. Meanwhile, human rights defenders, including Nikolai Rybakov, the leader of the “Yabloko” Party, Alexander Cherkasov, the head of the Council of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial”, and Svetlana Gannushkina and Oleg Orlov, members of the “Memorial”, requested the court to release Zarifa Sautieva. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that Zarifa Sautieva is under arrest since July 2019. She and four other activists were accused of participating in an extremist community. Zarifa Sautieva is also accused of organizing the use of violence dangerous to the life or health of public officers during protests in Magas on March 26-27, 2019. Today, the Yessentuki City Court has extended the arrest of Zarifa Sautieva for other two weeks, that is, until the completion of the investigative actions.
Source: Caucasian Knot, 9 June 2020