Monday, July 19, 2021
KBR Supreme Court Refuses to Overturn Conviction of Circassian Activist
Staunton, July 13 – The Kabardino-Balkar Supreme Court left in place the sentence that a lower court handed down in the case of Circassian activist Martin Kochesokov for supposed possession of marijuana, a charge his lawyers, most Circassians and the Memorial human rights organization says is completely without foundation.
Kochesokov, who has long been an activist in the Circassian national movement, was arrested on the same day as Moscow journalist Ivan Golunov who was subsequently released following massive protests in the Russian capital That won Kochesokov the sobriquet of the Circassian Golunov and sparked hopes he might have the same luck (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/07/kochesokov-golunov-of-north-caucasus.html). Read more