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    Attack on Reporters in Ingushetia Aimed to Taint Russia's Image - Ombudsman

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    The recent attack against reporters and human rights activists in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia was conceived to tarnish the image of the North Caucasus, the human rights ombudsman of a neighboring region said Thursday.

    GROZNY (Russia), (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, a group of assailants attacked a bus carrying nine activists and journalists on the border between Russia's Chechnya and Ingushetia regions. Four people were hospitalized, including a Norwegian and a Swedish reporter.

    "Someone really needs a terrible picture of the situation in the North Caucasus and in Russia as a whole, in the form of the persecution of dissidents, a lack of freedom of speech, human rights violations and so on. This is especially relevant against the backdrop of the upcoming [legislative] elections," Nurdi Nukhazhiev, human rights commissioner for the Chechen Republic, said in a statement.

    He stressed that this flagrant attack was planned to cause public outrage.

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