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  • Norbert Strade
    Caucasian Knot Lokshina: residents of Chechnya fear complaining of arsons of their houses sep 28 2009 Since this July, in Chechnya, human rights activists have
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      Caucasian Knot

      Lokshina: residents of Chechnya fear complaining of arsons of their houses

      sep 28 2009

      Since this July, in Chechnya, human rights activists have registered
      about 30 arsons of houses of relatives of those, who were blamed as
      militants' helpers. It is more and more difficult to register such
      arsons as victims are too frightened to complain, as Tatiana Lokshina,
      deputy head of the Moscow bureau of the Human Rights Watch (HRW), said
      in her conversation with the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

      Let us remind you that for the period from June 2008 to March 2009 the
      Russian branch of the HRW possesses data about 25 cases of retaliatory
      arsons, presumably committed by local power agencies in seven districts
      of Chechnya. Human rights defenders assert that in all the cases someone
      of the members of the "punished" family was regarded to be a militant
      (usually, a son or a nephew). As a rule, before making an arson law
      enforcement bodies and local administration demanded to return the
      relative home, otherwise threatening with most serious consequences.

      Author: Anastasia Kirilenko

      http://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/11308
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