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This report was researched by Peter Bouckaert, researcher, Human Rights Watch, Rachel Denber, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, and Alexander Petrov, deputy director of the Human Rights Watch Moscow office. The report was written by Peter Bouckaert. It was edited by Rachel Denber, Michael McClintock, deputy program director, Dinah PoKempner, deputy general counsel, and Jeri Laber, special advisor, Human Rights Watch. Invaluable technical and production assistance was provided by Alex Frangos, coordinator; Fitzroy Hepkins, manager; and Yulia Dultsina, Jose Martinez, Alexandra Perina, and Natasha Zaretsky, associates, Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch wishes to express its gratitude to the many residents of Alkhan-Yurt who traveled to Ingushetia to recount their experiences to Human Rights Watch, and who helped us identify and locate additional witnesses to the abuses in Alkhan-Yurt. We regret that we cannot thank them by name, because of the dangers this would represent to their security. We hope that our report will help heal their wounds, and join them in the demand that those responsible for the abuses in Alkhan-Yurt are brought to account.

We gratefully acknowledge the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Moriah Fund, and the John Merck Fund for their generous support.

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Human Rights Watch-Europe and Central Asia Division

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

We stand with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom and to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime.

We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.

We challenge governments and those holding power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

The staff includes Kenneth Roth, executive director; Michele Alexander, development director; Reed Brody, advocacy director; Carroll Bogert, communications director; Jeri Laber, special advisor; Lotte Leicht, Brussels office director; Patrick Minges, publications director; Susan Osnos, associate director; Jemera Rone, counsel; Malcolm Smart, program director; Wilder Tayler, general counsel; and Joanna Weschler, United Nations representative. Jonathan Fanton is the chair of the board. Robert L. Bernstein is the founding chair.

Its Europe and Central Asia division was established in 1978 to monitor and promote domestic and international compliance with the human rights provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. It is affiliated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, which is based in Vienna, Austria. Holly Cartner is the executive director; Rachel Denber is the deputy director; Elizabeth Andersen is the advocacy director; Fred Abrahams is senior researcher; Peter Bouckaert, Cassandra Cavanaugh, Julia Hall, Malcolm Hawkes, Bogdan Ivanisevic, André Lommen, Diane Paul, and Benjamin Ward are research associates; Diederik Lohman is the Moscow office director; Alexander Petrov is the deputy Moscow office director; Pamela Gomez is the Caucasus office director; Acacia Shields is the Tashkent office director; Marie Struthers is the Dushanbe office director; Alex Frangos is coordinator; Liudmila Belova, Yulia Dultsina, Alexander Ovarchuk, Alexandra Perina, Tamar Satnet, and Natasha Zaretsky are associates. Peter Osnos is the chair of the advisory committee and Alice Henkin is vice chair.

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