Vitali Safarov, a 25-year-old Jewish Georgian man, was stabbed to death in Tbilisi in September 2018. Two men were jailed for 15 years each on charges of group murder, however, the court ruled his killing was not ethnically motivated despite witness testimony that he was killed by neo-Nazis because he was Jewish.
A former FSB officer has been sentenced to nine years in a strict regime penal colony for ‘causing grievous bodily harm’ after stabbing a man to death in the Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
The key witness in the trial over the murder of Vitali Safarov in Tbilisi has testified that Safarov was killed because he was Jewish. [Read more…]
Two men accused of murdering 25-year-old human rights activist Vitali Safarov will remain in custody, Tbilisi City Court has ruled as dozens of people held a peaceful rally outside the court in support of Safarov. [Read more…]
The acting police chief of Kaspiysk, a city on Daghestan’s Caspian coast, has been arrested on suspicion of ordering an assassination attempt against the then–deputy head of the republic’s Criminal Investigation Department. [Read more…]
Russian senator Rauf Arashukov has been arrested inside the Federation Council, the Russian parliament’s upper chamber in Moscow, over the murder of two people in his native Karachay–Cherkessia. [Read more…]
At least two people have been tortured to death and 40 detained in a new wave of state persecutions of queer people in the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Russian activists say.
Five former senior officials have been convicted of attempting to cover up the 2004 killing of 19-year-old Buta Robakidze by police. The verdict came after over a decade of campaigning by the victim’s family and rights groups, who had claimed the case had been shelved. [Read more…]
A court in the Russian Republic of Daghestan has convicted a suspect in the murder of Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the founder of Daghestani newspaper Chernovik, for possession of ammunition and drugs. Magomed Khazamov, the former head of the village of Bogatyryovka, insists the weapons and drugs were planted on him to force him to confess to the murder or to implicate others.
The parents of two teenage shepherds gunned down in the Russian Republic of Daghestan have began a protest in front of the republic’s government building demanding their killings be properly investigated. While the authorities initially claimed the brothers were militants killed in a shootout with police, charges against them were later dropped and a murder investigation opened. [Read more…]