02 Oct 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 23 Jul 2019 n° 85/2019 Russian Federation
Ingushetia Court Orders Two Months of Pre-trial Detention for Journalist Rashid Maysigov
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On 12 July 2019, in Nazran, Ingushetia within the Russian Federation, agents from the local division of the Federal Security Service (FSB) detained Rashid Maysigov, a reporter for investigative news website Fortanga who also administers the outlet's channel on Telegram, according to his lawyer, Magomed Aushev. Agents detained Maysigov after raiding his home, where they allegedly found drugs and printed materials calling for the unification of Ingushetia with the neighbouring Republic of Georgia. Maysigov told his lawyer that FSB agents took him into custody and interrogated him about his journalism, electrocuted him during questioning, and forced him to confess to possessing drugs, Aushev told CPJ. On 16 July 2019, a Magassky district court formally placed Maysigov under arrest and ordered him to remain in pre-trial detention in jail for two months pending an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession. At Fortanga, Maysigov contributed to reports on alleged corruption, unemployment, and human rights violations in Ingushetia, a representative from the website, who requested anonymity citing fear of reprisal, told CPJ. Maysigov told his employer that the FSB had tapped his phone, and he believed agents were following him, prompting him to suspend his journalism activities in June. Maysigov's lawyer stated that the journalist will appeal the court ruling. On 14 July, Russia's media regulatory agency, Roskomnadzor, blocked Fortanga's website; it was unblocked on 21 July.
02 Oct 2020
On 16 September 2020, the court found Rashid Maysigov guilty of drug possession and sentenced him to three years in a general regime colony. The term of serving the sentence includes arrest from 12 July 2019 as well as detention under house arrest as of 19 November 2019.
12 Dec 2019
In November 2019, Rashid Maysigov was released under house arrest pending trial.
16 Sep 2019
On 6 September 2019, the city court of the city of Magas (Ingushetia) extended the preliminary detention of Rashid Maysigov until 12 October.
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