Russian activist blames officials for threats

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Oct. 4, 2012, 6:49 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

A pregnant Russian human rights researcher, Tanya Lokshina, says she has received anonymous text messages threatening her life and that of her child.

Associated Press

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MOSCOW — A pregnant Russian human rights researcher says she has received anonymous text messages threatening her life and that of her child, which she believes are linked to her work in the troubled North Caucasus.

Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch said Thursday she suspected that security officials were bugging her telephone and making the threats.

The Russian Interior Ministry said it had received a request from Russia's rights ombudsman to investigate Lokshina's claims and would conduct the probe.

Lokshina said the messages contained information that would be impossible to know without security services involvement, such as her due date, her unregistered home address and her relatives' travel plans.

Lokshina is one of the leading experts on Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, helping expose human rights abuses there.

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