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Chechens Claim Russians Blow Up Corpses

Aslan Dzhabrailov says he wasn’t supposed to be seen again, dead or alive. He says Russian troops in Chechnya dragged him from his bed last month and tortured him, then ignited explosives under him and his dead brother, apparently to erase the evidence. Had the explosives gone off, the men’s remains would have been unrecognizable. In what would be a grisly twist to the pattern of alleged military abuses in Chechnya’s 3 1/2-year war, residents and human rights campaigners say fragments of blown-up bodies are being found all over the war-ruined region. Rather than put a stop to human rights violations, the military appears to be doing its best to hide them, critics say. Some even see signs of a coordinated campaign of killing Chechens. “Lately, near a pipeline not far from our village, (Chechen) policemen have been finding people’s blown-up remains,” said Murzabek Saidulayev of Belgatoi, about 18 miles south of Grozny, the capital. “That’s where the federals (troops) like to blow up corpses. They drive there in armored personnel carriers.” Full Story

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