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Chechen Human Rights Activist Released

A Chechen human rights activist was released from captivity Tuesday, three days after being seized by masked gunmen in the war-ravaged Russian republic, his colleagues said. Imran Ezhiyev, regional coordinator for the Moscow Helsinki Group human rights organization, was left on a roadside, said Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the organization’s chairwoman. He made his way home and was unhurt, Alexeyeva said. Ezhiyev said he was held blindfolded in a basement and interrogated by his captors, Alexeyeva said. She quoted him as saying he had not been beaten or tortured. Ezhiyev, who also heads the regional office of the Community of Russian and Chechen Friendship, has been an outspoken critic of human rights violations in Chechnya. Alexeyeva said she believed the kidnappers either were Russian servicemen or people loyal to the Moscow-appointed chief of Chechnya’s administration, Akhmad Kadyrov. Full Story

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