How much does Ramzan Kadyrov’s word cost?
Why Kenkhi resident Ramazan Dzhalaldinov had to run from the village after a deal with Chechnya.
On November 5 information on disappearance of resident of the Avarian village of the Sharoysky district of Chechnya Ramazan Dzhalaldinov appeared on social networks. Dzhalaldinov became known after his April video message to the President Putin, which was published by the Dagestan independent newspaper Chernovik. In this video Dzhalaldinov openly brought up questions of corruption in Chechnya, telling about kickback schemes on the example of payments of compensations to his fellows villagers for housing destroyed during war and floods.
Residents of Kenkhi village confirmed Dzhalaldinov's statements. The Head of the Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, during his visit to the village in May of this year, personally ensured that Kenkhi village was in deplorable state. After his visit Kadyrov announced “year of Sharoysky district” in the republic: construction of roads, recovery of houses began. The Head of the area and the Head of the local Office of Ministry of Internal Affairs were removed from their posts. The Head of the Office of Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Sharoysky district, according to information, which Novaya Gazeta received from a villager, was the one, who burned Ramazan Dzhalaldinov's house, beat and expelled his wife and three daughters out of borders of the republic.
With mediation of Chernovik newspaper, which attracted one of the most authoritative religious figures of Dagestan Has-Magomed Abubakarov to negotiations with the Chechen authorities, the government promised Ramazan Dzhalaldinov and his family immunity and refusal of all prosecutions (including criminal) for those residents of Kenkhi village who supported the fellow villager. Also, Chechen authorities promised to pay the villagers required compensation in the full amount. This sum (3 million 800 thousand rubles — standard compensation according to the federal program of resettlement from landslide zones) would have allowed Dzhalaldinov to finally recover his house, which was injured during war, and then completely destroyed by floods in 2002.
Besides that, the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the Republic of Chechnya pledged to rebuild the burned house, which Dzhalaldinov's family rented since 2012 at a fellow villager, from the extrabudgetary funds and to compensate moral harm to its owner. The first Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Republic of Chechnya Apti Alaudinov was appointed responsible for execution of terms of this agreement. In his turn, Ramazan Dzhalaldinov apologized to Ramzan Kadyrov and went back home.
Photo: Ramazan Dzhalaldinov
On November 5 Dagestan users of Facebook Akhmednabi Ibragimov, and then Rasoul Abu Assad published Ramazan Dzhalaldinov's photo with a text “Patriot of the Kenkhi’s people missing”. This information was picked up by Radio Svobody’s project Caucasus. Realities. News about disappearance of the well-known Kenkh resident was published by federal media, it was commented by the spokesman of the President Putin Dmitry Peskov, who urged to treat the message on Dzhalaldinov's loss carefully, because “if Dzhalaldinov really was gone, there would be corresponding “signals” from his relatives, but it did not happen”.
Immediately it became known that the Chechnya Prosecutor Sharpuddi Adbul-Kadyrov instructed to investigate reports of disappearance of the resident of the Kenkhi village.
On November 10 the famous Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina published on her on Facebook page a message telling that Ramazan Dzhalaldinov contacted her. Dzhalaldinov reported that he was forced to run from his village on the night of November 2d to 3d, “after on November 2 he and his wife Nazirat was brought to Grozny on a meeting with the first Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Chechnya Apti Alaudinov”.
“According to Dzhalaldinov —Gannushkina reported — Alaudinov threatened, that if Ramazan does not stop to raise problems of the village, he will experience the same fate as the killed Yamadayevs, human rights activist Natalya Estemirova and politician Boris Nemtsov. After the meeting with Alaudinov passports of Dzhalaldinov and his son Magomedkhabiba were taken away, while the Chief of the District Department of the Internal Affairs of the Sharoysky department threw Ramazan Dzhalaldinov's phone in an abyss, threatening that Dzhalaldinov can also follow his phone”.
On November 2 Kenkhi village was taken in a police siege. Posts of the police were exposed within all village and at Dzhalaldinov's house. However, at night Ramazan Dzhalaldinov managed to get out from the village imperceptibly and to pass the mountain pass Chentyk connecting Chechnya to Dagestan with risk for life. In such circumstances Dzhalaldinov's family, which was under complete control of the Chechen police, had no opportunity to submit an application for loss of the relative. People began to look for Dzhalaldinov in Chechnya and in Dagestan in the same night (Novaya Gazeta can confirm these facts with proofs from numerous sources). It is absolutely certain that the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Chechnya and the Prosecutor of Chechnya were aware of Dzhalaldinov's disappearances on November 3. Therefore, their performances and the check authorized two days later look as a tribute to a resonance, which was caused by news about Ramazan Dzhalaldinov's disappearance. At the same time the authorities of Chechnya perfectly knew that Dzhalaldinov was not just gone, but run from the village, managing to deceive the Chechen police officers.
Why did he make it?
In telephone conversation with Svetlana Gannushkina Ramazan Dzhalaldinov told that he, in fact, was forbidden to leave the village Kenkhi. That Apti Alaudinov and other Chechen security officers, which were authorized by the head of Chechnya to supervise the “Kenkhi question” afraid of public accusations in a breach of agreement, which was concluded on behalf of Ramzan Kadyrov.
“Restriction of the guaranteed by the Constitution freedom of travel for Dzhalaldinov is directly connected with attempt to prohibit him to convey information on what was happening in Kenkhi village to the Head of Chechnya, — Svetlana Gannushkina wrote. — In particular, the information on what first deputy minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Chechnya Apti Alaudinov breaks promises given to Dzhalaldinov and Kenkhi residents (regarding procurement of compensations, recovery of the destroyed housing and refusal of criminal prosecution of Dzhalaldinov and his fellows villagers, who supported and confirmed to journalists facts of corruption in Sharoysky district)…”
Novaya Gazeta managed to find the sentence to Ramazan Dzhalaldinov pronounced by judge of the Shatoi district court Beytelgareev in the state automated system Justice of the Russian Federation. On August 11, 2016 Ramazan Dzhalaldinov was judged for his well-known April address to Putin and was found guilty of slander.
We also found in the state automated system Justice of the Russian Federation a sentence to his fellow villager Saidmagomed Nasibov, who was sentenced to three years conditionally allegedly for possession of drugs. Traditionally, in Chechnya critics of local authorities are accused of possession of drugs. Nasibov was detained just after in April the Dozhd TV channel showed a plot about the village. In this story the Kenkhi residents (including Nasibov) confirmed to correspondent of Dozhd Vasily Polonsky the corruption facts.
Termination of criminal prosecution of the fellow villager was one of the main conditions which was laid down by Ramazan Dzhalaldinov in conclusion of the deal. This deal was offered by the Chechen authorities. It was guaranteed by respectful Dagestan religious figure. Generally, such agreements in the Caucasus can not be violated.
These two sentences show how much does Ramzan Kadyrov's word cost.
However, Ramazan Dzhalaldinov still believes him.