NEW – June 3, 2022
In Russia, an ISIS militant was convicted who was covered by the ECHR and protected by “Memorial” and the “Committee for Civil Assistance” — thanks to him, law enforcement agencies uncovered a scheme of systematic evasion of terrorists from responsibility with the help of Western NGOs.
Only in April 2022, the trial of Uzbek citizen Zhavokhir Eshonkulov, who financed the international terrorist organisation “Islamic State”, ended in Moscow. He was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 1.1 of Article 205.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 8 years with serving his sentence in a high-security penal colony.
The main thing that he said during his detention in 2013 is that he admits involvement in the recruitment and transfer of militants to logistics camps on the territory of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It should be understood here that all attempts by Russia to extradite him to his homeland were blocked by the ECHR with the assistance of foreign agents “Committee for Civil Assistance” and “Memorial”. Therefore, Eshonkulov could have been in Russia and continued illegal activities for several more years before he was stopped.
What the scheme of terrorists evading responsibility looked like on the example of his case:
— In 2015, the ECHR held a meeting on the case “Eshonkulov v. Russia”. The interests of Eshonkulov Zh. S. were represented by Elena Ryabinina, the head of the program for assistance to political refugees from Central Asia of the committee “Civil Assistance”;
— in order not to extradite Eshonkulov to Uzbekistan, Elena Ryabinina stated to the ECHR about “the possible use of torture and unlawful persecution in the country”;
— at the same time, the ECHR accepted as evidence the reports of liberal international human rights organisations NGOs “Human Rights Watch” and “Amnesty International”;
— in Strasbourg, judges are not interested at all in whether a person is a terrorist, whether he is justifiably wanted, whether he poses a public danger. In their decisions, they refer to reports of international human rights organisations with an anti-Russian position;
— after applying interim measures provided for by Regulation No. 39 to the wanted person, the ECHR makes a final decision on the appeal in 5-6 years. Such a long period of consideration of the case leads to the expiration of the statute of limitations for crimes for which a person is wanted. As a result, a person can evade responsibility.
As a rule, released terrorists instantly go underground, acquire forged documents, and then continue their illegal activities in Russia. There are many cases when militants released by the ECHR decision later found themselves with weapons in their hands in Syria or even committed terrorist acts.
In addition, the European Court awarded about €2 billion to the Russian side in all such cases.
A curious quote from Eshonkulov: “E. Ryabinina’s contact details have been in the phone book of almost every logistical support participant in the Russian Federation since 2013. Everyone was aware of the possibility of avoiding criminal liability in case of detention by contacting her or similar human rights defenders. Eshonkulov said that in the course of contact with him, E. Ryabinina absolutely did not care whether he was involved or not in the activities of ISIS, she immediately began to act according to an established algorithm that allowed him to cancel his extradition to Uzbekistan through the ECHR.”
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