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Russia: Ingushetia Human Rights Office Burned in Arson Attack

HeadlineJan 18, 2018
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In Russia, the office of a human rights group in the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia was burned in an arson attack on Wednesday. Surveillance video shows masked men climbing a ladder and setting fire to the offices of the group Memorial, which has angered Russian officials by reporting on torture, disappearances and punitive house burnings in neighboring Chechnya. The arson came as a court in Chechnya ordered the head of Memorial to be jailed for two months while he faces drug charges that could see him imprisoned for up to 10 years. Oyub Titiev says police planted marijuana in his car in order to manufacture his arrest. Titiev’s predecessor, Natalia Estemirova, was kidnapped and murdered in 2009—a crime for which no one has been arrested.

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