Chechen sportsman Murad Amriyev has been released by police in the Russian city of Bryansk, on the Russian–Ukrainian border, after spending two days in a temporary detention centre. Chechen security forces had been guarding the building in order to capture Amriyev if he left, and to transport him to Chechnya. However, Amriyev managed to evade them, leaving the building in secret.
A lawyer for Azerbaijani freelance journalist Nijat Amiraslanov claims that his client was tortured in custody and has lost his teeth.
A new draft law will deprive self-governing status from seven cities — Akhaltsikhe, Ambrolauri, Mtskheta, Ozurgeti, Telavi, and Zugdidi — merging them with surrounding municipalities. This will leave only five self-governing cities: Tbilisi, Rustavi, Kutaisi, Poti, and Batumi.
Local rights organisations have urged Georgia’s government not to extradite Mustafa Emre Çabuk, a manager at the Private Demirel College, to Turkey. Çabuk was detained in Tbilisi on 24 May accused of ‘supporting a terrorist organisation’, on Turkey’s request. Tbilisi City Court has ordered Çabuk’s provisional detention for three months.
On 5 June, Head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov ordered that the authorities not help Ingush officials to repair their houses, many of which have recently been affected by heavy rainfall and hail. The decision will be in effect until all affected houses belonging to economically disadvantaged people are repaired, he claims.
On 4 June, Chechen world MMA champion Murad Amriyev was detained by police in Russia’s Bryansk Oblast. He was removed from a train after crossing the Russian–Ukrainian border at Suzemka railway station.
Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs is working on a draft law to tighten regulations on issuing driver’s licences, deputy Interior Minister Shalva Kutsishvili has announced. [Read more…]