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Chechnya - The week in brief: 14 - 20 May 2007

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May 16 - Amnestied people are targets for persecution in Chechnya, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights stated in a report that documents the fate of several persons who have been amnestied in Chechnya and subsequently abducted, tortured and killed.

May 16 - Chechnya's human rights ombudsman, Nurdi Nukhazhiev, proposed a doubling of the term of office of the Chechen president and parliament as well as that of the Russian President.

May 16 - Chechnya's human rights ombudsman, Nurdi Nukhazhiyev, sharply criticized the republic's prosecutor's office and its head Valery Kuznetsov for their alleged failure to protect the rights of local inhabitants. On the following day the Russian daily Kommersant described the incident as a signal of the Moscow-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's effort to remove the independent prosecutor from office.

May 17 - The Moscow-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov ordered that all of the republic's presidential and government representations in the Russian Federation except for the one in Mozdok be closed, and a new system of representation created, the government press service announced.

May 19 - The building of Chechnya's National Museum was reopened in Grozny after its restoration was completed.

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