25 March 2005, 00:51

Authorised abuse

In December 2004, armed people in masks and camouflage uniforms (people in Chechnya are inclined to believe them to be officers of the Chechen president's security service) abducted eight relatives of the late Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov, two brothers and an aged sister among them (some sources say about 20 people were taken hostage).

On 24 February, military men captured Doku Umarov's brother, Ruslan, who is reported by some to be held at the main Russian military base in Khankala. Another relative of Umarov, Roman Atayev, was detained in Ingushetia in October 2004. Umarov's cousin, Zaurbek, disappeared two years ago and has since been missing.

Such cases are not rare in Chechnya. Residents of the republic say security agencies even detain relatives of ordinary members of the Chechen resistance movement saying they will release them when some or other rebel gives himself up.

"The practice of taking rebels' relatives hostage is rather widespread," Khamid, a 53-year-old resident of Chechnya's Vedeno district, says. "Suffice it to remember 'the voluntary surrender' of Magomed Khambiyev who gave himself up to the authorities last year, after some 40 of his relatives had been captured. I know a case when security agencies captured an aged man in our village because his son was in a rebel group. They agreed to release him only if his son surrendered. In a while, though, the rebel was killed and his father was released as 'unnecessary'."

Chechen law enforcement officers deny such statements. "The Chechen Internal Affairs Ministry has nothing to do with any illegal actions against relatives of Maskhadov, Umarov and other rebels. There is the law to combat crime, gangs and terrorism and we are not going to break it," an officer at Chechnya's Internal Affairs Ministry said.

More about abuses in Chechnya:

  • Under the Sign of Kadyrov href="http://eng.kavkaz.memo.ru/analyticstext/enganalytics/id/775992.html" target="_blank">Human Rights Practices in Russia's North Caucasus - 2004 href="http://eng.kavkaz.memo.ru/analyticstext/enganalytics/id/783140.html" target="_blank">Worse Than a War

Author: Sultan Abubakarov, CK correspondent;

Form of mobile communication
SMS: 8 903-767-6060

Know more? Do not be silent!

Lt feedback banner e01cf55c0487ab086773693a4f9f867af4d4bf9ccaab912687ca14ae806e7435

July 23, 2015 12:06

  • RwB urge to stop persecuting journalists in Armenia

    The international organization to protect journalists "Reporters without Borders" (RwB) has demanded from the Special Investigating Service of Armenia to close the case against Kristine Khanumyan, the editor of the website "ILur.am", who refused to disclose the source of information about abuse of power by Vardan Nadaryan, the police boss of the Shirak Region.

July 23, 2015 11:42

  • ICRF finds action of Stavropol power agents in Chechnya legitimate

    The Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) has refused to open a criminal case on abuse of power by policemen from the Stavropol Territory, who conducted their special operation in Chechnya and killed Djambulat Dadaev. This was stated by Zaurbek Sadakhanov, the advocate of the Dadaev family.

July 23, 2015 08:45

July 23, 2015 03:39

  • Protester in Yerevan accused of beating up policeman

    In Yerevan, Narek Akopyan, a participant of the protest against the increase of electricity tariff, who was detained in June 2015, is accused of using violence against an authority. The prosecutor asks the court to sentence Akopyan to six months of freedom deprivation.

July 22, 2015 16:45

  • Advocates of Gritsevich and Kimaev ask to investigate policemen's actions

    On July 21, advocates of Anna Gritsevich, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, and ecologist Vladimir Kimaev submitted a statement demanding to open a criminal case against Sochi policemen to the Investigating Division of the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) for the Adler District of Sochi.

July 22, 2015 15:55

July 22, 2015 13:07

All news

News archive