Seventeen non-governmental organisations in Georgia have issued a joint statement criticising the Supreme Court’s decision to transfer ownership of TV channel Rustavi 2’s to former owner Kibar Khalvashi. They state that the decision damages not only Georgia’s democratic development, but limits freedom of the media, a pluralistic media environment, and threatens the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration.
Daghestan’s Prosecutor’s Office has approved an indictment against Daghestani man Murad Valiyev. He is accused of organising terrorist attacks and ‘preparing for the violent seizure of power’.
Elchin Ismayilli, a journalist residing and working in the Ismayilli District of Azerbaijan, was arrested on 17 February charged with extortion, committed repeatedly, and abuse of power. Ismayilli denies the accusations and says his detention is connected to his work as a journalist.
On 20 February, Chechnya’s Shatoy District Court sentenced Maksim Ponarin to life imprisonment in a penal colony. The man was accused of taking part in an attack on Russian troops in 2000, during the Second Chechen War.
On 19 February, thousands of people gathered in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi to demonstrate their support for opposition TV station Rustavi 2.
The protracted legal proceedings surrounding the case of Elizaveta Aliyeva’s kidnapping are nearing their completion. The prosecution has requested six years in a maximum-security prison for the defendant. Daptar revisited the story to report on the trial.
On 15 February, the North Caucasus District Military Court convicted an Ingush man of public calls to terrorist activity. He was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.
Daghestani man Kheyrullakh Shakhbanov, from Khunzakh District, was sentenced to 10 months in a penal colony for aiding members of an illegal armed formation.
Several Daghestanis who appeared on the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) preventive supervision list have succeeded in having their names removed through the courts.
A resident of Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala, was sentenced to six years in a penal colony for aiding members of an illegal armed formation. The sentence has already come into force.