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Rights Activists Detained, Released In Chechnya

Memorial's Aleksandr Cherkasov said the three were collecting information on missing persons.
Chechen officials have released three Russian human rights activists after detaining them for 15 hours, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Aleksandr Cherkasov of the Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center told RFE/RL that the activists had intended to collect information about missing people in Chechnya and that a resident of the town of Shali had specific information about a missing person.

Activists Dmitry Yegoshin of the nongovernmental organization Man and Law from the town of Yoshkar-Ola; Roman Veretennikov of the group Mothers to Protect the Detained, Accused, and Convicted in Krasnodar; and Vladislav Sadykov of the Bashkortostan-based Committee against Torture, were detained on February 7 in Shali.

Cherkasov said neither the reason for their detention nor their release were documented or explained.