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Chechnya last human rights activist, received four years in prison

In the nine hours read the judge up Maida Zainetdinova up the judgment against the Ojub Titijev. It is an example of how the Russian judicial system works – you

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Chechnya last human rights activist, received four years in prison

In the nine hours read the judge up Maida Zainetdinova up the judgment against the Ojub Titijev. It is an example of how the Russian judicial system works – you spend hour after hour on the reading aloud of all the material that has come forward during the trial, page after page, folder after folder, until everyone stops listening. The judge reads so quickly and indistinctly that it is almost impossible to understand what is being said.

leading the Russian human rights organization Memorial in Chechnya, was to be knew all in advance. On January 9 last year, he was arrested by the police and the accused, thereafter, for possession of marijuana. Memorial hired some of Russia's best lawyers, among other things, Ilya Novikov, who effectively picked the so-called police investigation into smithereens. When I was at the trial in may last year, had förundersökarna very difficult to answer Novikovs questions.

Titijevs representatives as president of Memorial in Chechnya called Natalya Estemirova. She was murdered in 2009 in a case that was never cleared up. All indications are that the chechen security structures and president Ramzan Kadyrov was involved.

a republic included in the Russian federation, with the help of terror and violence. Since the murder of Estemirova has all chechen human rights activists left the Chechen republic. All except Titijev, an unassuming physical education teacher who does not drink a drop of alcohol and is a believer, a muslim. He got four years in a penal colony.

Titijev has already been imprisoned for over a year, a time considered to be the punishment. It means that he will effectively be in prison in three years and possibly be released earlier. That he did not receive the maximum penalty of ten years be seen as a sign that the chechen leadership has been affected by all the attention surrounding the case. The courtroom in Sjali district court was full of relatives, foreign observers and journalists.

is still a hard punishment, that was Titijevs relatives on the spot in the courtroom to burst into tears.

Ojub Titijev always tend to perform very collected and quiet in the trial. When the judgment was raised, according to The Guardian's Andrew Roth his fist in a victory sign and said: ”In the nine months fabricated the evidence, then it took eight months to fabricate the judgment.”

- the sentence is one hundred percent political. It is not so much a judgment on the Titijev as a judgment of our court system, " says Jan Ratjinksij, chairman of the Memorial.

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