Detained head of Memorial Chechen branch accused of drug storage

Detained head of Memorial Chechen branch accused of drug storage
Oyub Titiev

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 180 grams of a “substance with marijuana smell” was found in Oyub Titiev’s car.

Head of Chechen department of Memorial human rights movement Oyub Titiev is accused of illegal possession of drugs, Novaya Gazeta reports with reference to the lawyer of the rights activist.

Information on initiation of legal proceedings under Article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and on detention of the head of Chechen Memorial is confirmed by the press service of the regional Central Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

According to the police, a “polymeric package of phytogenesis substance with a specific smell of marijuana weighing about 180 grams” was found in Titiev's car VAZ-111930 Lada Kalina which was stopped by traffic police officers on Oyskhar-Kurchaloy-Mesker-Yurt Highway for verification of documents.

Information on detention of Titiev who was not answering calls of his colleagues and friends since morning has appeared in media earlier. According to some information, the human rights activist is in the Kurchaloyevsky District Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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