Russian activist found in jail in Russia, facing terrorism charges

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.05 - 2023 1:59 PM CET

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Rafail Shepelev, a Russian activist who disappeared in Georgia on October 12, has been found in a Russian jail, facing serious terrorism charges. This development, reported by Meduza, has raised concerns among human rights advocates and highlights the perilous situation for activists in the region.

Shepelev's whereabouts became a matter of concern after he went missing in Georgia last month. The human rights organization Department One revealed that he was tricked by Russian law enforcement officers into traveling from Tbilisi to South Ossetia, a breakaway region in Georgia.

Upon his arrival, he was detained and subsequently taken to the Russian city of Vladikavkaz.

In Vladikavkaz, a local court sentenced Shepelev to 15 days in jail on charges of disorderly conduct. However, during his incarceration, the situation escalated significantly.

Shepelev faced additional charges, including involvement in a terrorist organization and justifying terrorism. Following these charges, he was transferred to a pre-trial detention center in Nizhny Tagil.

The case of Rafail Shepelev is a stark reminder of the risks faced by activists in certain regions, where legal and human rights protections can be precarious.

The circumstances of his detention and the severe charges against him have raised alarms among international human rights groups and activists who call for a fair and transparent legal process.

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