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At Moscow Trial: Oleg Orlov Had Reasons To Accuse Kadyrov

Posted by Info on 18/12/2010

On December, 16, during next in turn trial in Moscow on the criminal case against Oleg Orlov, Head of HC “Memorial”, in connection with his statements about the responsibility of President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov for Natalia Estemirova’s murder, member of HC “Memorial” Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya and Deputy Director of the Moscow office of international human rights organization “Human Rights Watch” Tatyana Lokshina gave evidence. Both witnesses evidenced that Estemirtova had received threats from Kadyrov, the President of Chechnya which according to their information he had voiced to her personally and through the medium of his people.

“There are no criminal cases against Kadyrov, however, there are cases where he is mentioned in one or another context and cases on accusations against people from his inner circle”, Sokiryanskaya said.

According to the human rights activist, there are four of such cases: case of Salikh Masaev who in his complaint to the European Court accused Kadyrov of tortures after which he disappeared in Grozny; case of Salim Yamadaev’s murder in Dubai for which Kadyrov’s personal stableman was condemned; case of an attempt at Isa Yamadaev in Moscow and case of Umar Israilov’s murder in Vienna.
The next session will be held on January, 13, 2011. Interrogation of the witnesses of defense is expected to be continued.

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ECtHR Fines Russia by 148,000 Euros For Disappearances in Chechnya

Posted by Info on 18/12/2010

Ruslan Taimuskhanov from the village of Prigorodnoye, Grozny District of Chechnya, disappeared in December 2002; while Shamkhan Tumaev was taken away, as his relatives assert, by Russian militaries in September 2004 from his village of Valerik, Achkhoi-Martan District of Chechnya. Since then, nobody has ever seen any of them again.

The Russian authorities refused to present most of the investigatory documents on these cases to the Strasbourg Court (ECtHR). According to the Russian government, there is no evidence that Russian militaries had anything to do with the above disappearances of Chechen residents.

The Court found evidences of the prosecution sufficient and ruled that “state officials had been involved in the kidnappings of Shamkhan Tumaev and Ruslan Taimuskhanov, and that the missing persons should be presumed dead.”
The Russian authorities shall pay to the claimants 17,000 euros of material compensation, 125,000 euros of moral harm compensation and 6500 euros to cover legal costs.

“Decisions by the European Court of Human Rights are binding for Russia,” the Russia’s Constitutional Court reaffirmed.

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WikiLeaks Cables Describe Belarus Leader As ‘Bizarre’ and ‘Disturbed’

Posted by Info on 18/12/2010

Alexander Lukashenko, the autocratic ruler of Belarus who is poised for re-election for a fourth term this weekend, is an increasingly “bizarre” and “disturbed” ruler who plans to stay in power indefinitely.

Lukashenko, often referred to as Europe’s last dictator because of the heavy-handed nature of his 16 years in power, is certain to win Belarus’s presidential election this Sunday in order to stay in power indefinitely and sees no reason to change his course.

The opposition has warned it will turn out en masse on Sunday night if the election does not enter a second round. Nine opposition candidates are running against Lukashenko.The opposition candidate Andrei Sannikov’s supporters estimate 100,000 protesters would show up if there is no second round. The last election in 2006, which saw Lukashenko take 86% of the vote, led to a violent standoff between government and opposition.

Regarding civil society complaints of violence against them, Lukashenko stated the opposition should expect to get hurt when they attack the OMON [riot police],” one cable from October 2009 said. “Lukashenko also claimed Belarus has no political prisoners, but that common crooks join the opposition after they are arrested in order to claim political persecution.”

Lukashenko is the wealthiest individual in Belarus, with a personal fortune put at $9bn (£6bn). He tops a list of the country’s richest 50 oligarchs. “Those listed had the opportunity to enrich themselves, and evidence indicates that many did so.”

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Putin In Marathon Question-And-Answer Session For 4,5 Hours

Posted by Info on 18/12/2010

In a annual marathon event -question-and-answer session that went on for 4and half hours Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday said into the televised program that an outburst of nationalist violence in Moscow proved that Russia could not allow its law enforcement bodies to weaken.
A caller said the police were not protecting members of ethnic minorities from attacks by ethnic Russian nationalists, so that many of his friends were afraid to leave their homes.
Mr. Putin said extremism should be stopped — and warned against maligning the police.
“These bodies of power carry out the state’s most important function. Otherwise, our liberal intelligentsia will have to shave off their goatees and put on helmets themselves and go out to the square to fight radicals themselves.”

“The state exists in order to provide for the interests of the majority.”

The televised session displayed Mr. Putin at his populist best, reeling off a seemingly endless series of economic indicators and answering questions for hours without so much as a glance at notes. Many questions were delivered in a spirit of open admiration — “What is the secret of your success?” was one, and “How is your puppy, Buffy?” — and Mr. Putin was relaxed and fluent, enjoying himself….Mr. Putin barely mentioned Mr. Medvedev. …

One audience member asked about the recent scandal in the village of Kushchevskaya, where a local criminal gang had acted with impunity for years thanks to collusion with local authorities.
Mr. Putin said the case showed that “the entire government system failed” — and defend his 2004 decision to abolish the direct election of regional governors.

“We changed the procedure because we wanted to prevent criminals from getting into power. Unfortunately, in our situation, where civil society doesn’t work, with so-called direct elections you often have a criminal behind some candidate. They use their illegal money to affect election campaigns.”

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Moldova – Transnistria: Journalist Ernest Vardanean Sentenced to 15 years

Posted by Info on 18/12/2010

Moldovan journalist Ernest Vardanean 34, went on trial for espionage in the separatist capital Tiraspol on 3th November. He was arrested on April 7 in Tiraspol on suspicion of spying for Moldova’s secret services. He was charged with high treason, a crime that carries a sentence of 12-20 years in prison in the self-styled Transdniester Republic.

Ernest Vardanean, who before his arrest had been tapped for a job as a Moldovan representative at the United Nations, was shown on Transdniester television while imprisoned confessing to being a Moldovan spy. His family and friends have said the confession was made under pressure.

On November 4, the family’s lawyer, Alexandru Postica was unable to travel to Tiraspol for “security reasons” and that the separatist authorities don’t recognize him as Vardanean’s legal representative. Irina Vardanean said the Tiraspol lawyer, who has been assigned to her husband’s case by the court, refused to talk to her after the court session because he said he was “busy.”

Browser RIA “New Region” Vardanean sentenced to 15 years in prison without confiscation of property to be served in the colony.
As the press service of the Ministry of State Security of the unrecognized Republic of Transnistria, the sentence was handed down on Dec. 16, 2010 Supreme Court of the region. The court found him guilty “in accordance with Art. 271 CC PMR” Treason, “and sentenced to 15 years in prison without confiscation of property to be served in the colony.

The Moldovan authorities have not responded to the imposition of a journalist in Tiraspol sentence.

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