Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Oleg Orlov Charged With Defamation For Linking Kadyrov To Kidnappings And Killings In Chechnya

Posted by Info on 07/07/2010

Moscow police on Tuesday charged the head of the Memorial rights group, Oleg Orlov, with defamation for linking Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to kidnappings and killings in Chechnya — even though Kadyrov publicly dropped his claims against the activist in February.

Orlov: “I have not committed any criminal offense. I am confident that this case doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on but, unfortunately, many cases are conducted outside the law in Russia.”

Orlov was summoned Tuesday to a Moscow police station, where he was notified of the charges, which carry up to three years in prison. No pretrial restrictions were imposed on Orlov. The case has to be handed to prosecutors before it goes to court.

It was not clear when the trial might start.

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