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U.S. Grants Political Asylum to Daughter of 1999 Moscow Apartment Blast Victim

Mos News | January 17 2005

U.S. authorities have granted political asylum to the daughter of a woman who was killed in the 1999 apartment block blasts in Moscow, after the woman said she feared prosecution in Russia over her attempts to investigate the tragedy, Ekho Moskvy radio reports.

Alena Morozova had conducted an independent investigation into the apartment blast that killed her mother — one among several across Russia that the government said were terrorist attacks by Chechen separatists and that various rights groups have blamed on the FSB as a pretext to go to war with the separatist region.

After the murder of State Duma deputy Sergei Yushenkov, she applied for political asylum in the United States, fearing that she would become the target of a politically motivated campaign.

She has said that she believes Yushenkov’s death was linked to investigations into the explosions.

Morozova’s mother was killed in a blast in a housing block on Guryanova Street that claimed 106 lives. Another blast on Moscow’s Kashirskoye Highway killed 124.