Another human rights defender kidnapped in Caucasus

Another human rights defender kidnapped in Caucasus

His relatives believe that the police did it.

Unknown people kidnapped head of the charity organization Nizam Center Kazbek Abdurashidov. As the website Kavkaz.Realii informs, on the eve in Makhachkala at about 11am Mr. Abdurashidov was pushed into Lada Priora car and taken away for parts unknown. Relatives believe that these people are any law enforcement agencies representatives.

Members of the Public Monitoring Commission Magomed Hajiyev and Shamil Khadulayev who tried to find him visited the city police department of the city of Kaspiisk and the Interior Ministry department in the Kirovsky district of Makhachkala, but they did not find the missing person. As the lawyer said, Mr. Abdurashidov did not approach any other city police station.

The press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Dagestan has not commented on this incident.

Earlier, on January 9, a Chechen public figure, head of the Memorial local branch Oyub Titiev was detained. He was charged under Article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal Acquisition, Storage, Transportation, Manufacture of narcotic drugs). Titiev himself claims that drugs were planted.

According to Novaya Gazeta journalist Elena Milashina, Titiev's arrest became a revenge for the investigation of 27 people’s execution in Grozny. Subsequently, the US authorities put Head of the republic Ramzan Kadyrov to the Magnitsky list for the involvement in "extrajudicial killings, torture and human rights violations".

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