Chechen villagers who complained to Moscow about police torture are reportedly forced to attend ‘repentance rally’ in Grozny
The residents of Krasnaya Turbina, a village in Chechnya, were reportedly forced to attend a “repentance rally” in Grozny, after signing an open letter to Russian Attorney General Yuri Chaika, complaining about torture by local police officers.
According to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, there were plans to force the villagers to gather in downtown Grozny at Putin Avenue and shout, “We were misled!” It’s unclear if the demonstration actually took place.
Novaya Gazeta says the villagers were transported to Grozny in a police bus, though they were reportedly moved to a civilian bus before arriving at the site of the rally. According to the newspaper’s sources, the villagers were forced to claim that they signed the letter to Chaika without knowing what it said.