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Russian Police Seize Computers At Local NGO

Oksana Chelysheva previously headed another group that worked to fight abuses in Chechnya (file) (AI) August 30, 2007 -- Russian police have raided the offices of a non-government organization in the city of Nizhny Novgorod and seized four computers.

Oksana Chelysheva, director of the Tolerance Support Foundation, said police confiscated the computers purportedly for having unlicensed software installed.

Human Rights Watch said the seizure was "part of a Kremlin campaign against civil society."

The Tolerance Support Foundation was formed by members of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, which worked to fight abuses in Chechnya and was closed down in 2006 under a law on extremism.


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