Human rights defender kidnapped by police in Chechnya amid ongoing anti-gay operation

Human rights defender kidnapped by police in Chechnya amid ongoing anti-gay operation
Oyub Titiev

Sources said that Titiev was detained and taken to the local police station, but policemen deny the fact of the detention.

In Grozny, head of the Memorial human rights center regional office Oyub Titiev was detained.

As the press center of Memorial reported, the employees who came to the office today did not find the man and two hours later they became worried. Employees found out that in the morning Titiev went to work from a house in the village of Kurchaloy, and at 9am he had to meet with a friend in the village of Mayrtup and go to Grozny, but he did not come to the meeting. A friend waited for him about an hour and began to call Titiev, but he did not answer the phone. After another 20 minutes he went to find out where Oyub was.

"At the bridge over the Khumyk River, between Kurchaloy and Mayrtyup, he saw five or six people in the form of traffic police, a special-purpose vehicle and Titiev's car. One of the people in the uniform was inspecting Oyub's car, Titiev himself was standing side by side," Memorial informed.

Sources said that Titiev was detained and taken to the local police station, but policemen deny the fact of the detention.

The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia promised to find out the circumstances of what happened.

"HRC Memorial expresses concern about the incident and requires the authorities of the Chechen Republic to provide full information about the fate of Titiev," the report stated.

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