A court in Russia’s Leningrad region dismissed the case against Choi Myung-bok, a North Korean defector set to be deported for violating migration laws, the Memorial human rights group reported Monday. Choi no longer faces deportation to North Korea, where he would most likely be executed for fleeing the labor camp he was sent to. He plans to apply for official refugee status once again.
On December 5th Nesibeli Ibragimova, citizen of Kazakhstan, escaped from the grocery shop that belongs to Zhansulu Istanbekova. Late in December Nesibeli turned to the Civic Assistance Committee for help. Back in May she was invited to Moscow to work, during the first meeting the shop owner took Nesibeli’s documents. She was held captive in the shop and constantly beaten for 8 months.
In connection with Ildar Dadin’s situation people have once again begun to speak about torture in prisons and other violations of prisoner’s rights. We are involved with this conversation in connection with the project “Protecting the Rights of Residents of the North Caucasus in Places of Imprisonment.” We will begin a small cycle of publications about the situation in various regions of Russia. First up we are publishing the work of Ahmed Barakhoyev – a project coordinator in Ingushetia.
Noginsk, a Russian provincial town about 40 miles from Moscow, is widely known as a place where the first monument to Lenin was established. It is also traditionally known by its industries, especially textile production. Recently, however, the town has become known as the place with the largest group of Syrian refugees in Russia.