Hunt in Nizhny Novgorod

Ten activists working for the Nizhny Novogorod edition of the Russian opposition newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, and the Finnish-registered human rights organisation, Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS), were detained in Nizhny Novgorod on 28 January 2009.

The ten detained are all members of the banned National Bolshevik Party (NBP); at the time they were detained, they were on their way to witness a public meeting of Russia’s ruling United Russia party in the city. The police refuses to provide information about the fate of those detained.

Moreover, another staff member of Novaya Gazeta and RCFS in Nizhny Novogorod, NBP activist Yuri Staroverov, has not been seen or heard of since the morning of 28 January 2009. He was seen leaving for work in the morning, but failed to appear at the newspaper’s editorial office. His mobile phone is not available.

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