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Russia Is Said to Force Chechens to Return

Russia is pressuring thousands of Chechen refugees to return to their war-ravaged homeland from the neighboring Russian republic of Ingushetia, even though they fear for their lives and will have nowhere to live, human rights activists said today. Officials of Human Rights Watch, an international rights group, said Russian authorities are resorting to threats and intimidation to force 23,000 Chechens to abandon the Ingush tent camps and return home. In a 27-page report released today, the group accused migration officials of threatening to cut off supplies of food, gas and electricity to the camps if the refugees did not return voluntarily. Full Story

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