Chechen ombudsman linked disappearance of seven residents of Grozny to anti-drug operation

Chechen ombudsman linked disappearance of seven residents of Grozny to anti-drug operation

Nurdi Nukhazhiev called information of Memorial human rights defenders about the kidnapping of Chechen residents unreliable.

The Commissioner for Human Rights in the Chechen Republic, Nurdi Nukhazhiev, said that seven Grozny residents, whose kidnapping had been previously declared by the human rights organization Memorial, could be detained as part of an anti-drug raid. This is reported by TASS.

Nukhazhiev accused Memorial of the fact that the organization reports allegations of violations in the Republic refering to anonymous sources and does not provide concrete evidence. He noted that at present anti-drug activities are taking place in Chechnya, within which they could detain the persons named.

Previously, Memorial reported on the kidnapping of seven residents of Chechnya. According to human rights activists, they are on the territory of the third squadron of the Rosgvardiya regiment in the Staropromyslovsky district of Grozny. They are kept in an unheated room and do not eat, the organization said. At least two of the abductees were detained in their homes in front of their relatives.

According to Memorial, Zelimkhan Dikaev, Hussein Akhmatov, Shadid Shadaev, Alkhazur, "allegedly Suleymanov", as well as men by the names of Zeyndli and Magomed, were abducted. Dikaev was taken away from his house by armed people in camouflage uniforms. The request for the disappearance of Chechen residents will be sent to the Investigative Committee and to the Commissioner for Human Rights under the President of the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova.

Earlier it was reported that a delegation of the European Committee against Torture (CPT), which has the authority to visit all legal and illegal places of detention, arrived in Chechnya. The Committee's staff will check information on the prisoners' detention in the Republic.

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