Human rights activists' office raided in Chechnya

Human rights activists in Chechnya say that masked men bashed their way into the group's office.

Human rights activists' office raided in Chechnya

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Masked men, some wielding hammers, stormed the office of a human rights organisation in the southern Russian region of Chechnya on Wednesday during a protest against its work, the group said.

The Committee Against Torture said on Twitter its headquarters in the regional capital of Grozny had been damaged and police had not responded to calls for help.

The organisation is one of only two independent rights groups working in Chechnya, a turbulent, mainly Muslim region where Kremlin-appointed leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been accused of widespread rights violations and heavy-handed tactics against opponents, charges that he denies.

The group's offices have been raided and its representatives beaten in the past in Chechnya.

Tensions have risen sharply between Moscow and Chechnya since ethnic Chechens with links to Kadyrov's security forces were charged with killing a Russian opposition politician in central Moscow in February.

Relations are particularly tense between Russian forces - worried by Kadyrov's growing autonomy and methods - and security groups in Chechnya that are loyal to him.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2015, 12:35