Oyub Titiev’s case to be managed by Investigative Committee in Chechnya
Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova asked to transfer the investigation to the federal level.
The case of Oyub Titiev, the head of the Chechen branch of the center Memorial, will now be managed by the main directorate of the Investigative Committee in the Chechen Republic. As the human rights activist’s lawyer Ilya Novikov told Interfax, such a decree was signed by the deputy prosecutor of the republic.
He drew attention to the fact that this is not exactly what human rights activists and Ombudswoman Tatiana Moskalkova had previously asked for, but this is “some kind of change,” noted Novikov.
It is to be recalled that Oyub Titiev was detained in January on suspicion of possession of drugs: in his car, the Traffic Police officers found a bag with almost 200 grams of marijuana. The human rights activist does not admit his guilt, insisting that drugs were planted.
After Moskalkova and several members of the center Memorial demanded that the investigation be transferred to the federal level, Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that human rights activists are trying to exert pressure on the investigation.