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13 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged Russian authorities [press release] to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary], including an inquiry into possible official involvement in the killing. Estemirova, who was kidnapped in Grozny in July 2009 and shot … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Front Line Defenders (FLD), Amnesty International (AI) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) [advocacy websites] on Thursday released a joint statement urging the Russian government to investigate the murder [text] of rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary]. Estemirova, who was kidnapped … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A Russian judge was killed Tuesday outside his home in the North Caucasus province of Kabardino-Balkaria [BBC backgrounder], according to Russian authorities. District judge Dzhulber Bykov was shot several times [Reuters report] by gunmen suspected to be Islamic insurgents and died at the scene. The Russian government has faced … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Three judges were killed and three people were injured Tuesday in a Chinese courthouse by a security officer at a local bank. The shooter, Zhu Jun, was the head of security at a local Postal Savings Bank in Hunan province and is alleged to have been upset over the … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday proposed [statement, in Russian] amending the country's terrorism legislation in the wake of Monday's twin suicide bombing attacks [Moscow Times report] on Moscow subway stations. In televised remarks, Medvedev said: We need to focus on improving … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Saturday called [transcript, in Russian] for a new age of human rights and safety in the embattled Caucasus region of Russia, where the killings of journalists and human rights activists have become increasingly common. The announcement … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Russia must undertake extensive legal reforms in order to protect human rights, according to a report [text] issued Friday by the UN Human Rights Committee [official website]. The committee found that Russia is failing to protect important human rights in a number of areas. The report emphasized the problems … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A prominent opposition leader and human rights activist in Russia's southern province of Ingushetia [official website, in Russian; BBC backgrounder], Maksharip Aushev, was reportedly shot dead Sunday while traveling on a highway in the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria. According to Russian media, the unidentified gunmen fired more than … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary] was kidnapped in Grozny Wednesday morning and shot to death, according to news reports. Estemirova, 50, investigated allegations of human rights violations in Chechnya for about 10 years. Estemirova's body, which had been shot multiple times, was found Wednesday afternoon [Moscow … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Aza Gazgireyeva, deputy head of the Supreme Court in Russia's Ingushetia province [official website, in Russian; BBC backgrounder] was shot dead Wednesday while taking her children to school in the town of Nazran, according to a regional interior ministry spokesman quoted by Russian media. Four others also sustained injuries … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Russian police have committed serious rights abuses against suspected rebel militants from Ingushetia [government website, in Russian; BBC backgrounder], including abductions, torture, and killings, according to a Wednesday report [HRW materials; press release] by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW alleged that Russia has failed to hold government … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Khasan Yandiyev, deputy head of the Supreme Court in Russia's Ingushetia province [official website, in Russian; BBC backgrounder] was shot dead Sunday while changing a car tire near the town of Karabulak, according to a regional interior ministry spokesman quoted by Russian media. His killers have not yet been … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in the Russian federal republic of Kabardino-Balkaria filed criminal negligence charges Wednesday against two police officers who headed a police department in the neighboring federal republic of Ingushetia [official website] for allegedly failing to prevent the terrorists responsible for the 2004 Beslan hostage seizure [JURIST news … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Russia's official newspaper, Rossiskaya Gazeta [media website] reported Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law [AP report] granting tighter state control over non-governmental organizations, including those foreign-based, though there has been no official announcement from the Kremlin. The law, approved by parliament [JURIST report] last week, … [read more]

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