Oyub Titiev’s house in Chechnya to be demolished to build shopping center
Residents of the village Kurchaloy were informed on the planned demolition at the last gathering.
The house of the arrested head of the Chechen Memorial, Oyub Titiev, will be demolished, as well as another 35 houses located in Kurchaloy. On the given place, it is planned to build a shopping center, as reported by Memorial’s website.
It is specified that the tenants were informed about the demolition at the gathering of local residents, in which the staff of the Kurchaloy administration participated. According to the human rights activists, Deputy Chairman of the Chechen Government and Finance Minister of the Republic Sultan Tagaev spoke at the meeting.
The residents were promised to be provided with housing, but no terms or conditions of moving were specified. However, they were given a week to leave their current homes – until February 12. The construction of the shopping center will begin on March 1.
Titiev was detained in Chechnya in January. He is accused of possession of drugs; the human rights activist himself claims that the drugs were planted. Later, Titiev's case was transferred from the investigative department of the Kurchaloy District MIA Main Directorate to the Investigative Committee for Chechnya. Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova earlier petitioned for the transfer of the case to the federal level.
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