Chechen refugees ordered to return home
Chechen refugees living in two camps in neighbouring Ingushetia have been told that the camps will be closed and they must return home, an activist said.
Immigration officers and officials from the Chechen capital, Grozny, gave the warning when they visited the camps yesterday, said Ruslan Badalov, from the Chechen Committee for National Salvation. At least 8,000 people live in the two camps, which will be closed by 20 December.
The warning appeared to be part of a campaign by Russia to return refugees from eight years of war in Chechnya to the region, which is still plagued by violence. The campaign has been criticised by aid organisations and human rights groups. Last week, the US ambassador to Russia said he feared refugees were being coerced into returning when it was unsafe to do so.
- 1 Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
- 2 Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
- 3 Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take title from Conchita Wurst
- 4 Mother 'will allow son's circumcision in return for release from prison'
Greek hospitals cannot afford painkillers, scissors or sheets as budget cuts bite
Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
Bulgarian seaside resort Sunny Beach is cheapest for beer
Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...