Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 2 Issue: 18

The Russian human rights organization Memorial recently revealed to journalist Yevgenia Borisova that “it knows where there are at least three more suspected mass graves in the Chechen capital but is wary of making the information public.” According to Lipkhan Bazaeva of Memorial’s office in Nazran, Ingushetia, the very day that information leaked to the public concerning the discovery in the Oktyabrsky District of Djohar of a new mass grave containing seventeen bodies, the authorities “blew up the building.” For that reason, Memorial is not making its information on other mass graves public. A pro-Moscow Chechen policeman was quoted by Borisova as stating on the subject of the mass grave in Oktyabrsky District: “The corpses are there, and we all know that, but we are not allowed to talk about it” (Moscow Times, April 23).