Tlisova claims she has been facing severe intimidation for reporting on the ham-handed attempts to counter increasing Islamic and Chechen Insurgency in the violent North Caucasus region. She has been assaulted repeatedly since 2002 for filing reports not favourable to the Governments and Secret Services of the Republics of the North Caucasus, as well as the federal government of Vladimir Putin. Her travails included being beaten and having her ribs broken, being poisoned, kidnapped and having cigarettes extinguished on her skin, and finally, her teenage son almost disappearing for good.
After more than a month of speculation in the media, on 2007-06-28 the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists announced that Tlisova, along with Radio Liberty reporter Yuri Bagrov, had been granted political asylum in the USA, but after reports by her denying this, the announcement was changed to say that they had received "refugee status".
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