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Russian Human Rights Group Says Its Activists Threatened

NIZHNY NOVGOROD/GROZNY, Russia -- A Russian human rights organization says its activists in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya and the city of Nizhny Novgorod are under threat, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The Interregional Committee Against Torture's (MKPP) regional director in Grozny, Supyan Baskhanov, and researcher Magomed Alamov, were reportedly summoned by police and warned to stop criticizing law enforcement personnel.

The two men were among the organizers of a protest in the Chechen capital on June 24 to protest alleged torture. The picket was sanctioned by city authorities, but police intervened to disperse it after participants displayed a placard condemining indiscriminate police violence.

In Nizhny Novgorod, where the MKPP is based, activist Olga Sadovskaya said she has seen threats and insults daubed on a wall near her home and said the license plate on her car was stolen.