Moskalkova wants ICR Central Office to handle checks of Executed Chechens List
Three people from Novaya Gazeta’s list died on December 18 in an attack on Grozny, two died a natural death.
Tatyana Moskalkova, the human rights ombudsman, met with representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor's Office in Chechnya to see whether the reports on extrajudicial executions in the republic were true.
The ombudsman said there were 31 people on the list of Chechens who had been shot. However, Novaya Gazeta's list featured only 27 people and Moskalkova did not explain where she got four more.
On September 20, the ombudsman said that 18 criminal cases had been instituted regarding the people who had disappeared in Chechnya. She is also going to ask the central office of the Investigative Committee to verify the extrajudicial execution reports, as she remained dissatisfied with how long the check has taken so far being conducted by the Chechen Investigative Committee.
The ombudsman told Novaya Gazeta that she had the authority to withdraw the investigation materials and pass them to the central office so that the investigation would be conducted outside Chechnya. She is going to use this right and send an employee to Pyatigorsk to monitor the situation.
Earlier, Novaya Gazeta published a list of 27 Chechens who had allegedly been shot on the night of January 26, 2017 in Grozny with Chechen security forces involved. The Chechen authorities denied the claims.
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