Moskalkova asks to transfer case against Titiev to federal level
The Ombudsman appealed with such a request to MIA Deputy Minister Alexander Romanov.
Tatyana Moskalkova, the human rights ombudsman in Russia, asks the Interior Ministry to transfer the investigation against the head of the Chechen branch of the Human Rights Center Memorial, Oyub Titiev under the control of the MIA’s Main Directorate for the North Caucasus Federal District. This was reported by Interfax with reference to Ombudsman’s press service.
It is noted that with the appropriate request Moskalkova appealed to Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Alexander Romanov. According to Moskalkova, the transfer of the case will contribute to “greater objectivity and will lead to greater trust in the society.”
Earlier, Memorial sounded a similar request as well. As the organization stated, after the comments of head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Grozny department of the Center cannot hope for a conscientious investigation within the republic.
It is to be recalled that Titiev was detained by the Traffic Police officers on one of the highways of Grozny. When the car was searched, they found a bag with almost 200 grams of marijuana. The human rights activist was accused of drug possession and placed in a pre-trial detention center. Titiev himself does not admit his guilt, claiming that the drug was planted by the police. Commenting on the situation, Ramzan Kadyrov called the human rights activist a “drug addict with weed,” accused his son of using drugs and warned that human rights organizations would never be able to exist in Chechnya, because people without a nation, kind and religion work in them.
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