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Russia: Repression of indigenous peoples by govt. & business interests commonplace, says member of UN Working Group on business & human rights

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21 December 2016

Government & businesses interests silence Russia's indigenous peoples

Author: Pavel Sulyandziga, member of UN Working Group on business & human rights

[Unofficial translation from original Russian by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]

In this article I want to tell you about some of the cases of repression and persecution that indigenous peoples have suffered in our country in recent years...Why have I decided to describe these cases and to give them visibility and a voice? Because they can demonstrate that repression by Russian authorities and law enforcement agencies against indigenous peoples protecting their rights has become the norm...[Describes 5 cases: The Case of Casas, The Case of Sergei Nikiforov, The Case of Shaman Kechimov, The Case of "Dylacha" Community] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre reached out to JSC "MC South", Petropavlovsk, Surgutneftegaz and Rostec Corporation to respond; previous response by JSC "MC South" provided in Russian. We have not received responses from the other companies].

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Company response
24 May 2017

Response by Petropavlovsk PLC

Author: Petropavlovsk PLC

We write in response to accusations published on your website regarding Mr Sergey Savelievich Nikiforov, former head of the Evenki village, Ivanovskoye (Amur region), in particular the accusation that he was sentenced to 4 years in prison in connection with a protest movement he led against Petropavlovsk PLC and its developments. Petropavlovsk has no connection with the criminal prosecution of Mr Nikiforov; the aforementioned accusations are groundless and do not reflect the truth. Petropavlovsk established its presence in the north-east of the Seledzhinsky district in 2010 and developed a strong relationship with the village administration, as represented by Mr Nikiforov...In 2013...following a court decision, Mr Nikiforov was dismissed from his office for a period of investigation and judicial proceedings, after being charged with taking a bribe from a company “DalTeploEnergo”. This company is not at all affiliated with the Petropavlovsk Group of Companies.

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