(Moscow) – Masked men, armed with baseball bats, brutally attacked a group of foreign and Russian journalists and Russian activists documenting human rights abuses on March 9, 2016, in the North Caucasus. A few hours later, masked men raided the office of a nongovernmental organization in the region.
At least 15 men stopped a bus carrying eight people and their driver as the group traveled from Ingushetia to Chechnya and beat them. The group included six journalists – one Norwegian, one Swedish, and four Russian – and two Russian human rights activists. All were injured, and five were hospitalized. The attackers set the bus on fire.