Russia has accused HALO Trust, a British nonprofit that clears landmines, of spying on Russian forces in Chechnya and training rebels there, the Associated Press reported August 11.
The nonprofit denied the charges, saying its goals were humanitarian. The group started clearing mines in the breakaway republic after the 1994-96 war and built a staff of 150 Chechans.
The group said it had to cease its work in Chechnya after the most recent war started last September.
Russia’s main intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, said the workers for the nonprofit group collected descriptions of Russian weapons from Chechan-held territory until last November for British secret services.
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