The Triumph of Fear in Russia Growing Attacks Stymie Work of Human Rights Activists

Russia's new president is trying to show the world a more liberal face, but the body count of murdered human rights activists keeps rising. Being a political critic in Russia is getting more dangerous by the day, and now one prominent human rights organization in Chechnya has decided to close its office.
Von Ann-Dorit Boy
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sights an automatic weapon at a special forces training center while visiting the provincial capital Makhachkala, Dagestan, in June, with Chechnyan regional President Ramzan Kadyrov (second from right).

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sights an automatic weapon at a special forces training center while visiting the provincial capital Makhachkala, Dagestan, in June, with Chechnyan regional President Ramzan Kadyrov (second from right).

Foto: Mikhail Klimentyev/ AP
Translated from the German by Cathrin Schaer.