Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 2 Issue: 22

On May 26, Russian federal forces arrested the pensioner and noted human rights activist, Dik Altemirov, in Djohar. Oleg Orlov of the human rights organization Memorial commented: “Altemirov was one of the few people in Grozny who dared to carry out human rights work…. We can only regard the arrest of the 67-year-old Altemirov as being persecution of a person for his beliefs and human rights work” (“Notice,” Human Rights Center “Memorial”).