This feature by Amina Umarova of the North Caucasus Service
uses the story of a single individual to sketch a much broader picture of how highhanded local authorities and a selective justice system can affect the lives of ordinary citizens.
The story paints a vivid picture of the human rights violations suffered by a single person. But that person in fact represents the whole community, and his story uncovers the excesses committed regularly by the state machinery.
The piece also shows great effort on the part of the reporter, who conducted an exclusive interview with the prisoner from jail. The story has a very attractive beginning, an informative climax, and an appealing end.