The ‘show trial’ and sentencing of a Chechen activist

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00am

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A court in Chechnya has sentenced Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights activist, to four years in a penal colony after finding him guilty of possessing illegal drugs. His supporters say the charges were trumped-up and that the judicial process was a veritable show trial. Host Marco Werman speaks with Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch about Titiev and what his sentencing says about the Kremlin-backed regional government of Chechnya.