Bush and Putin each use torture for political purposes | One gives cover for the other: Bush in Iraq, Putin in Chechnya

Reuters AlertNet - UN body cites numerous torture reports in Russia:

On Russia, the committee referred to 'widespread use of torture' and expressed concern at 'the particularly numerous, ongoing and consistent allegations of acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment committed by law enforcement personnel, including in police custody'.

In Chechnya, it cited 'reliable reports of unofficial places of detention in the North Caucasus and the allegations that those detained in such facilities face torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment'.


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