Oyub Titiev (Photo via Memorial Human Rights Center)
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FIFA said Wednesday they were "deeply concerned" about the detention in Russia of a rights campaigner that drew international condemnation ahead of the World Cup.Titiyev headed the local Grozny office of the award-winning Russian rights organisation Memorial.The statement was issued after Memorial publicized a letter about Titiyev and Egypt it had sent to FIFA boss Gianni Infantino last month.FIFA said they had responded to the Memorial letter but did not indicate whether they had raised Chechnya and Titiyev's case with any Russian officials.The decision by Egypt to be based in Grozny during the June 14 to July 15 football extravaganza was approved by FIFA a few weeks after Titiyev's arrest.Memorial is the last rights organisation to retain a visible presence Chechnya while remaining critical of Kadyrov.
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