Monday, January 14, 2008

Relatives of Beslan victims to go on trial

From the Guardian:
A group of women whose relatives were killed in the Beslan school siege are to go on trial in Russia today after they accused President Vladimir Putin of complicity in the deaths.

The Voice of Beslan group has been charged with "extremism" over an appeal to politicians in Europe and the US which implied that Putin assisted terrorists.

The prosecution was launched under legislation introduced last year which civil rights activists warned could be used to attack critics of the Kremlin.
The UK Times newspaper also has a report here, and the Financial Times covers the item here.
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