Sep 16, 2020
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Ingush journalist Rashid Maisigov sentenced to three years in prison for drug possession

The Magas District Court of Ingushetia sentenced the former author of the opposition publication Fortanga Rashid Maisigov in the drug possession case (part 2 of Article 228 of the Criminal Code). The journalist's lawyer Magomed Aushev told Novaya Gazeta this.

Maisigov was sentenced to three years in a general regime colony. However, the journalist will be kept in custody for two years and three months, since he was credited with the time spent in the pre-trial detention center and under house arrest.

According to the lawyer, the applications filed by the defense were considered, but were not granted. In particular, the defense was denied additional forensic examinations "with the wording that examinations conducted by the FSB never raise doubts," Aushev said.

The lawyer also said that he and his colleague asked to invalidate Maisigov's confessions obtained under torture. The journalist himself did not admit his guilt in his last word and said that the case was fabricated because of his journalistic activities.

Rashid Maisigov was detained in Ingushetia last summer. The journalist, working for the opposition newspaper Fortanga, actively covered the protests in the region over the border agreement with Chechnya. He said that he began to receive threats, in connection with which he stopped his professional activities. However, this did not save him from arrest. On July 13, 2019, security forces broke into Maisigov's home.

According to the journalist's mother, Ferdovs Maisigova, during the searches on the second floor of the house, a package with white substance (drugs) was suddenly found, and then "one of the security officials took a pile of papers from the coffee table that were not there before." As it turned out later, these were "leaflets about Georgia". Most likely, we are talking about leaflets calling for the annexation of Ingushetia to Georgia, which were distributed in the republic in June.

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