Case Of Russian Teen Accused Of Burning Koran To Be Investigated In Chechnya

The case of a Russian teenager accused of publicly burning a Koran in the southwestern region of Volgograd will be investigated in the Russian region of Chechnya, where most residents are Muslim. The Investigative Committee said on May 21 that the decision was made to launch the probe in a different region due to "multiple requests by residents of the Chechen Republic." Nineteen-year-old Nikita Zhuravel was charged with "insulting believers' feelings." The Investigative Committee said the Ukraine-born Zhuravel "confessed that he publicly burned a Koran for Ukrainian secret services who paid him for the action." To read the original story by RFE/RL's Caucasus.Realities, click here.