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The envelope of the terrible white powder delivered to the editorial office of «Novaya Gazeta»

On the morning of Wednesday, April 19, in edition «the New newspaper» has been delivered an envelope with the words «terrible» with no return address, which was a white powder of unknown origin.

The addressee specified the editor of the publication, according to the website of «Novaya Gazeta».
Currently in the editorial work of the operational service of EMERCOM and the police.

We will remind that on April 13 «the New newspaper» has published the statement in connection with explicit threats made to the editor’s address. After two articles about the persecution, torture and murder of Chechen civilians suspected of homosexual acts, in the Central mosque of Grozny held an emergency meeting of representatives of 24 window – religious communities of Chechnya. The results of this meeting a resolution was adopted, the second point which the newspaper described as an open call to violence against journalists.

The results of investigation of «Novaya Gazeta» and the ensuing new publications, including in the Western media, show that in the two Chechen settlements (the town of Argun and the village of Tsotsi-Yurt), there are secret prisons, from December 2016, the Chechen authorities have begun to put homosexuals.

According to sources, «New», in the last six months have been detained at least 100 people. Known the names of the three victims, but sources in the official bodies of Chechnya and local LGBT activists say that the victims much more.

3 April, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian law enforcement agencies to check the information about the persecution against persons with different sexual orientation in Chechnya.

On 8 April the chief editor of «Novaya Gazeta» Dmitry Muratov officially appealed to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with a demand to compel the Russian Investigative Committee to start an investigation given New facts.
April 11, the lawyer of the international human rights organization «Agora» Andrey Sabinin filed a complaint with the Basmanny court of Moscow with the requirement to recognize the inaction of Chairman SK the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin illegal.

The envelope of the terrible white powder delivered to the editorial office of «Novaya Gazeta» 19.04.2017

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