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Russia: Rights Defender Facing Four-Year Prison Term

(Moscow) – A Chechen court is scheduled to issue the verdict against Oyub Titiev, a human rights defender with the Russian group Memorial, on March 18, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The bogus drug possession case against Titiev, based on fabricated evidence, is politically motivated and aims to stifle reporting on human rights abuses in Chechnya. Expand Oyub Titiev at the Shali court in Chechnya, February 12, 2019. © 2019 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch Titiev, 61, has been in custody since his arrest on January 9, 2018. In the months before his arrest, he was gathering information…

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