Chechnya replies to reports asking Kadyrov to help find singer
Chechnya's Minister for National Policy, Foreign Contacts, Press and Information Dzhambulat Umarov urged not to link the disappearance of Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakaev to politics.
Chechnya's Minister for National Policy, Foreign Contacts, Press and Information Dzhambulat Umarov called for not associating the disappearance of Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakaev with politics. He said this in a conversation with a correspondent of RBC.
"There is no use in connecting this [the disappearance of Zelimkhan Bakaev] with politics, it is necessary that people calmly find him. Probably, he decided to leave incognito," Umarov said.
"Everything that hinges on Ramzan Kadyrov to find Zelimkhan Bakaev, who did nothing wrong to our Republic, who was loved and whose creative activities were admired, will be done," the minister claimed. He added that hundreds of thousands of people went missing, but "for some reason, it is to the Chechen Republic that people have such a keen interest".
Earlier, on Monday, September 18, Kavkaz. Realii media outlet published an audio message from the mother of the missing singer Malika Bakaeva to Kadyrov with a request to help find her son. "I submitted a statement to the Leninsky district department, they said they would handle it. I do not know anything else about my son. I count on the Almighty God, after him - on you. I have no one else to wait for help from. In the name of the Lord, I ask: help me, Ramzan," says the message.
Information about the disappearance of Bakaev appeared in August. According to relatives, the singer disappeared after he traveled to Grozny on August 8 for his sister's wedding. As Crimea. Realii publication wrote at the time, Bakaev's friends suspected that members of the local power structures could have been involved in the kidnapping of the singer. Eyewitnesses claimed that they had seen how Bakaev was "captured by people in military uniform and taken away somewhere".
Then Umarov called reports that Bakaev could be abducted in Grozny "in broad daylight" nonsense. "The guy is not a Wahhabi, not a terrorist, he is not involved in any stories. No bodies took him away, no one needs him," the minister announced.
Zelimkhan Bakaev sang mainly in the Chechen language. He performed at concerts in Dagestan, Ingushetia and Moscow.
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