The Federal Security Service’s Nizhny Novgorod branch is investigating a local newspaper after it published statements by Chechen rebel President Aslan Maskhadov and his envoy Akhmed Zakayev and has questioned its staff. The regional prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case on Jan. 11 over Pravo-Zashchita’s publications in March and April, local FSB spokesman Nikolai Sintsov said Wednesday. He said prosecutors believe that the publications — which included an appeal by Maskhadov to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and a statement by Zakayev saying he was “extending his hand in peace to the Russian people through their president” — amounted to a call for extremist action. Full Story
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