Oleg Orlov

Intensified Attacks Against Leading Russian Rights Group: “The Car is Just a Warning”

On Monday evening, 22 January, a car belonging to the Russian human rights group Memorial was torched in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Photo: Memorial

The recent series of threats and harassment of Russian human rights group Memorial over their work in the Republic of Chechnya seem to have no end. On Monday evening, 22 January, a car belonging to the organisation was torched in Makhachkala, Dagestan, and the local staff received multiple sms threats saying “Shut down! Next time we’ll burn your office, with you inside. The car is just a warning.”

Human Rights Group Memorial Hit by Arson Attack In North Caucasus

memorial-statement

Two unidentified men in masks have broken into and torched the Nazran office of Russian human rights organisation Memorial. The attack comes only a week after the arrest of Oyub Titiev, leader of Memorial’s Chechnya office. Civil Rights Defenders condemns in the strongest terms the recent attacks and demands Russia put all efforts necessary into ensuring the security and safety of human rights defenders in the region.