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Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: Emil Kurbedinov’s Membership in the Crimean Bar Association Maintained

February 22, 2019

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On 22 February 2019, the Crimean Bar Association decided to maintain the membership of the human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, contrary to the request received from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.

Emil Kurbedinov is an outspoken human rights lawyer in Crimea. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in defence of the Crimean Tatars, who have become one of the major targets for the authorities, as well as civil society activists and journalists. He has also drawn attention to human rights violations in Crimea using social media, international conferences and reporting before international human rights mechanisms.

On 22 February 2019, the Crimean Bar Association considered the possibility to exclude Emil Kurbedinov from the list of its founders and members. The Association decided to maintain his membership after establishing a special commission for this purpose, in accordance with Russian law.

On 10 January 2019, Emil Kurbedinov received a letter (dated 18 December 2018) from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that according to 1.2 (4) of Article 15 of the Federal Law “On non-commercial organisations”, a person that has been convicted of extremism cannot be a founder or a member of non-commercial organisation. Emil Kurbedinov is founder and member of Crimean Bar Association. The letter refers to two administrative convictions of Emil Kurbedinov for a post that he published on two of his social media accounts.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/risk-disbarment-human-rights-lawyer-emil-kurbedinov?fbclid=IwAR3x9Ia81cT4ep413O8gYm9cPMDxkXyNVZjX9qGSeBoDFZOl01bQCNIBqLw

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/request-disbarment-emil-kurbedinov-denied/

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-justice-ministry-calls-for-brave-crimean-lawyer-s-expulsion-from-bar-association/29708692.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/14/russian-authorities-increase-pressure-crimean-human-rights-lawyer

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/crimean-tatars-stand-firm-against-russian-occupation-of-homeland-1.3811335

https://1k.com.ua/zaderzhanie-arhiepiskopa-ptsu-v-krymu-okkupanty-nazvali-prichinu.html (UKRANIAN)

http://ua-story.com.ua/78657-do-zatrymanogo-arhiyepyskopa-ptsu-klymenta-prybuly-advokaty-stattyu-zatrymannya-zminyly.html (UKRANIAN)

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1158924/crimee-russie-annexion-cinq-ans-anniversaire-tamara-alteresco (FRANCAIS)

Russia: A Russian Lawyer Said She Filmed Police Abuse. Then She Was Found Dead.

March 8, 2019

Outside the Investigative Committee headquarters in Usolye-Sibirskoye (file photo)

Human rights lawyer Galina Muzyka was found dead in her apartment in the Siberian city of Usolye-Sibirskoye late on March 2 under what fellow activist and regional public oversight commission member Pavel Glushchenko described as “strange circumstances,” one day after she is thought to have made a cell phone video allegedly showing nine Investigative Committee employees beating a detained suspect.

The chain of events leading up to that somber discovery began on a local road on the night of February 28. Mikhail Zagvozdin was driving together with his 18-month-old son when he approached an intersection too quickly and nearly rear-ended the car in front of him, his wife, Yulya Zagvozdina, told RFE/RL on March 1.

The driver of the other vehicle got out and tried to hit him through the window that Zagvozdin had opened to speak with the man. Zagvozdin said he did not want to get out of the car with his son in it. When the man allegedly reached in and tried to grab his keys, Zagvozdin began to drive off.

https://www.rferl.org/a/death-of-an-eyewitness-to-russian-police-abuse-strange-circumstances-missing-evidence/29810430.html

https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/irkutsk-region-lawyer-who-defended-man-beaten-by-policemen-dies/

Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Russian Authorities Increase Pressure on Crimean Human Rights Lawyer

January 14, 2019

Justice Ministry Calls for Emil Kurbedinov’s Expulsion from Bar Association

 

Few human rights lawyers are brave enough to work in Crimea these days. A recent letter from Russia’s Ministry of Justice to Crimean defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov threatening his profession is yet another stark reminder that Russian authorities intend to keep it that way.

Last month, Kurbedinov was arrested on charges of “public distribution of extremist materials” and sentenced to five days in jail for a 2013 social media post about a meeting in Crimea of supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist political movement opposed to violence. Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in Russia as a terrorist organization but operates legally in Ukraine. Kurbedinov had previously spent ten days in jail in 2017 after the court sentenced him on the same charges and for the very same post, but made on a different social media site.

Shortly after his release on December 25, Russia’s Justice Ministry sent Kurbedinov and the Crimean Bar Association letters requesting that Kurbedinov be expelled from the bar association by March 1 because of alleged involvement in “extremist activities.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/14/russian-authorities-increase-pressure-crimean-human-rights-lawyer

https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/halya-coynash-russia-launches-dangerous-attack-on-lawyers-in-crimea.html

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/112-ua-russia-search-houses-of-crimean-tatars-on-occupied-peninsula.html

https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-justice-ministry-calls-for-brave-crimean-lawyer-s-expulsion-from-bar-association/29708692.html

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/rfe-rl-russian-justice-ministry-calls-for-brave-crimean-lawyers-expulsion-from-bar-association.html

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/russia/2019/01/d25201/

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/russia-imminent-disbarment-of-emil-kurbedinov?fbclid=IwAR0GtoVbcF0bzXljxjv5u3GLFPSAuicOsUTVZEmYC7AKNNNRixgf6wklCYs

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/russia-bleak-year-human-rights

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/ukraine-human-rights-backsliding-election-looms

https://lso.ca/news-events/news/latest-news-2019/law-society-expresses-grave-concerns-regarding-hum

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/hak-savunuculardan-uluslararasi-topluma-kurbedinov-cagrisi/176069/ (TURKCE)

Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Risk of disbarment of human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

January 10, 2019

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On 10 January 2019, Crimean human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov received a letter from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that he will be excluded from the Crimean Bar Association before 1 March 2019.

Emil Kurbedinov is an outspoken human rights lawyer in Crimea. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in the defence of the rights of Crimean Tatars who became a targeted group, along with civil society activists and journalists. He provides people with legal aid, observes searches at activists’ homes and uses social media and international conferences to bring public attention to human rights violations in Crimea. Emil Kurbedinov is a recipient of the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.

On 10 January 2019, Emil Kurbedinov received a letter (dated 18 December 2018) from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that according to 1.2 (4) of Article 15 of the Federal Law “On non-commercial organisations”, a person that has been convicted of extremism cannot be a founder or a member of non-commercial organisation. Emil Kurbedinov is founder and member of Crimean Bar Association. The letter refers to two administrative convictions of Emil Kurbedinov for a  post that he published on two of his social media accounts.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/risk-disbarment-human-rights-lawyer-emil-kurbedinov

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1547155054&fbclid=IwAR3NTe_Z21F01uV2YbSSuXLI35IuSAwzRTKOY_nfxy9hoBDd5uWAhBuI9_Q

https://112.international/opinion/russia-moves-to-strip-emil-kurbedinov-of-his-licence-in-major-attack-on-lawyers-defending-victims-of-persecution-in-crimea-35912.html

https://helsinki.org.ua/en/appeals/36629/

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/rusya-adalet-bakanligi-kirim-tatar-avukat-kurbedinov-un-barodan-cikarilmasini-istiyor/176048/ (TURKCE)

http://old.qha.com.ua/tr/siyaset/avukat-kurbedinov-kirim-tatar-aktivistler-tutukevinde-yavas-yavas-olduruluyor/176033/ (TURKCE)

https://ktat.krymr.com/a/yava%C5%9F-yava%C5%9F-%C3%B6ld%C3%BCreler-advokatlar-veciye-ka%C5%9Fka-davas%C4%B1-mab%C3%BCslerini%C3%B1-sa%C4%9Fl%C4%B1%C4%9F%C4%B1-aqq%C4%B1nda-tarif-etti/29699581.html (TURKCE)

Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: 37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018

January 7, 2019

37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018. Olha Skrypnyk, the Head of “Crimean Human Rights Group” made such statement as organization reported.

“Talking about repression, 37 people were deprived of the liberty this year within the politically reasoned cases. 13 persons of them are civilians. There are the civic activists among them. For example, Server Mustafaev, Enver Bekirov, Yevhen Karakashev. 24 persons are our Ukrainian sailors, who are the prisoners of war,” she noted.

Related: UN General Assembly adopts Ukrainian resolution for human rights in Crimea

Besides, Skrypnyk added, that according to her information, the Russians opened 44 criminal cases for political reasons in Crimea last year.

The human rights activist reported that at least six people were arrested in Crimea in administrative cases. “The most well-known case out of them is the deprivation of liberty of lawyer of numerous political prisoners and Crimean Tatar advocate Emil Kurbedinov. It is an example that the pressure is still put on the lawyers in Crimea,” she said.

https://112.international/politics/37-people-were-arrested-for-political-reasons-in-annexed-crimea-in-2018-35783.html

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1544564886

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/emil-kurbedinov

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Russia/Ukraine: Ukrainian lawyer jailed in Russia for eight years for ‘espionage’

December 26, 2018

A court in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has sentenced Ukrainian lawyer Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony on charges of espionage and attempts to smuggle military equipment, according to Kommersant.

“Nizhny Novgorod Regional Court has sentenced Ukrainian Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony, having found him guilty of preparing for smuggling of military equipment and espionage. The court admitted that the convict had bought parts of the engines of multipurpose MiG-29 fighter aircraft for shipment to Ukraine and was collecting secret documentation on the installation of an S-400 anti-aircraft missile system on the instructions of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU),” reads the statement.

Kyiashko’s lawyer, Alexei Matasov, said he considered the sentence to be rather mild and did not intend to challenge it.

According to the prosecution, Kyiashko tried to buy in Russia and bring to Ukraine the blades to the RD-33 engine, which is used on MiG-29 fighter aircraft. The sale was under the control of Russia’s FSB Security Service. He was detained at the time of the transfer of money. Kyiashko was also found guilty of an attempt to gather information about a radar station used in the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

 

Kyiashko himself admitted that he was trying to buy blades from the RD-33 engine, but denied allegations of espionage. According to him, secret documents were thrown to him during detention.

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-society/2608548-ukrainian-lawyer-jailed-in-russia-for-eight-years-for-espionage.html

https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/ukrainian-lawyer-kyiashko-sentenced-to-eight-years-behind-bars-in-russia-35480.html

Russia: Defence lawyer Mikhail Benyash indicted

December 12, 2018

Mikhail Benyash

On 12 December 2018, the senior investigator of the Investigation Department of the Western District of Krasnodar city indicted defence lawyer Mikhail Benyash after reviewing his case file. Mikhail Benyash is charged with the “use of violence, not dangerous to health, in relation to the representative of the authority”. According to article 318 part 1 of the Russian Criminal Code, the human rights defender is facing up to five years in prison.

On 6 December 2018, the senior investigator decided to terminate the criminal case against Mikhail Benyash based on charges of the “obstruction of justice”. However, he decided to continue the criminal investigation into the case of violence against the representatives of the authority, in relation to the crime that the human rights defender allegedly committed on 9 September 2018 during his arrest for a post about a planned protest against the pension reform.

Mikhail Benyash is a defence lawyer who has been working on civil and criminal cases for the last ten years in Sochi and Krasnodar Region, Russia. In the context of authorities’ reluctance to sanction peaceful protests, the human rights defender has been providing legal assistance to participants of rallies which were not officially approved. He also attended a number of protests in order to monitor and prevent police brutality.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/judicial-harassment-mikhail-benyash

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/law-society-expresses-grave-concerns-regarding-human-rights-violations-against-members-of-legal-profession-702492271.html

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-society/2595274-lawyer-for-crimean-political-prisoners-detained-for-extremism-journalist.html

https://outride.rs/en/the-benyashs-case-state-vs-defense-attorneys/

https://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/human-rights-monitoring-group/public-statement-russia-december-2018?lang=fr-ca (FRANCAIS)

https://www.ukrinform.es/rubric-society/2595293-abogado-de-presos-politicos-de-crimea-detenido-por-extremismo-periodista.html (ESPANOL)