Lawyer Mikhail Benyash indicted
On 12 december 2018, lawyer Mikhail Benyash has been indicted. He is being charged with the ‘the use of violence against a representative of the authority not dangerous to health’ under article 318(1) of the Russian Criminal Code and faces up to five years in prison. On 6 December 2018 the other charge against Benyash concerning ‘obstruction of justice’ has been dropped. This was reported by Frontline Defenders and Amnesty International.
On 9 September, Mikhail Benyash was violently arrested, while attending a protest to provide legal assistance to participants, and sentenced to 14 days of ‘administrative detention’. On the day of his release, he was arrested again and charged with ‘violence against a representative of authority’ and ‘obstruction of justice’. Mikhail Benyash is a defence lawyer working in the Krasnodar region, who has been providing legal assistance to the participants of rallies which were not officially approved and attended a number of protests to monitor and prevent police brutality.
On December 6, 2018, the senior investigator decided to drop the charge against Benaysh concerning ‘the obstruction of justice’. The investigation into the other charge relating to the use of violence against a representative of the authority was however continued and on 12 December Benyash was indicted. Benyash allegedly bit and hit a police officer during his arrest on 9 September 2018. A charge not raised at the time of his earlier conviction in relation to the same incident.
Meer nieuws uit Russische Federatie
ECHR ruling in Magnitskiy case
On 27 August 2019 the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Russia in the case of lawyer Sergey Magnitskiy. The court stated that multiple rights of Magnitskiy were violated and that the poor medical treatment he received led toLees verder
Training “Effective advocacy at UN Human Rights Mechanisms”
The Institute for Law and Public Policy (ILPP) has invited Lawyers for Lawyers to jointly give a training course in Moscow concerning “Effective advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms”. The training will take place from 19-20 April 2019.Lees verder
House of Aleksandr Peredruk’s parents searched
On 2 April 2019, the apartment of Aleksandr Peredruk’s parents in Murmansk was searched by the police in relation to an investigation of a suicide bomb attack in Arkhangelsk in 2018. It is feared that this investigation might be anLees verder
Human rights lawyer’s car set on fire
On 4 november during the night the car of human rights lawyer Lyudmila Aleksandrovna was set on fire. This was reported by Frontline Defenders on their website. Lyudmila Aleksandrovna is a lawyer working in the Krasnodar region. There have beenLees verder