Russian Federation: update on the situation regarding Chechens and in the Chechen Republic following the October hostage taking incident in Moscow
This short update looks at the situation following the events at a Moscow theatre, when a group of some 50 people described as Chechens took hostage over 700 people during a performance. In the wake of the hostage incident in Moscow, the situation in and around Chechnya - including the camps for internally displaced persons in Ingushetia - appears to have deteriorated further. Moreover, there are reports that Chechens in Moscow and other Russian cities are being singled out by the authorities as scapegoats and risk persecution. The following is an update on the situation in Moscow, the camps in Ingushetia and in Chechnya itself, compiled by Amnesty International delegates in Moscow.