Chechen human rights defender Oyub Titiyev walks free

Oyub Titiyev, Head of Grozny office of the Russian NGO Memorial, has been released from prison on Friday.

On June 10, Shali Town Court granted early release to him.

In March 2019, Titiyev was sentenced to four years in a penal settlement on charges of possession of drugs. According to him, the drugs were planted by the police and the prosecution was initiated by the Chechen authorities which were set to hinder the work of Memorial in the region.

Moreover, the Memorial team believes that Chechen officials trumped up the charges to revenge themselves on Titiyev for his reports on rights abuses. Amnesty international and Human Rights Watch recognised him as a political prisoner.

In October 2018, the Human Rights Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe awarded Oyub Titiyev with Prize of Vaclav Havel for his courage and advocating for human rights.

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