Monday, June 18, 2007

Russian Rights Activists Decry Disappearances of Dagestan Youth

by Peter Fedynsky from Voice of America

Speaking at a joint news conference in Moscow Friday, the mothers of two apparent kidnap victims say they do not know who took their sons or why. However, they claim young people are being ransomed and the price depends on whether they are dead or alive ... Svetlana Isayeva, also said authorities have kidnapped young men under the pretext of being radicals, either rebels or Wahhabi Muslims ... Russian officials were not immediately available to comment on the allegations. What is certain is that young people are disappearing and dying in Dagestan and their mothers want to know why.

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