Mother of Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakaev informed Interior Ministry about his disappearance

Mother of Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakaev informed Interior Ministry about his disappearance
Authorities did not allow Zelimkhan Bakaev to perform in Chechnya, says his manager

A 26-year-old singer, who lived in Moscow, disappeared a week ago in Grozny after, according to some reports, people in the form of Russian Special Police Force Terek detained him on the street.⁠

The mother of missing singer Zelimkhan Bakaev wrote a statement to the Interior Ministry of the Chechen Republic about the search for her son, RIA Novosti reported citing a source in the Chechen law enforcement agencies.

In the statement she describes the circumstances of the disappearance of her son. According to her, on August 8, Zelimkhan Bakaev left the house about 18 hours and did not return. It is reported that the family still does not have any information about him.

However, as reported the Dozhd TV channel on the eve, it is known that a few days ago Bakaev wrote to his mother and aunt through WhatsApp that he was alive and well. Having written that he is leaving abroad, the author of the message left the messenger and turned off the phone. Friends of the singer doubt that the message he wrote himself. According to them, the young man was not going abroad, especially since he could not leave because of loans.

As the CrimeRussia reported yesterday, Zelimkhan Bakaev came to Grozny for a few days for the wedding of his sister and on August 9 was supposed to return to Moscow. However, according to his friends, on the eve of the departure, people in military uniform detained him in the center of the Chechen capital. Since then, no one has seen him.

Meanwhile, one of the Chechen human rights activists, on condition of anonymity, suggested that a high-ranking official from the administration of Ramzan Kadyrov is involved in the disappearance of the singer. Radio Svoboda reported that Bakaev's loss is attributed to the name of State Duma deputy from Chechnya Adam Delimkhanov.

Zelimkhan Bakaev sings in Chechen, performing concerts in Dagestan, Ingushetia and Moscow. Singer's manager Leila Vakhaeva told that Bakaev could not perform in Chechnya because he was not a member of the Chechen philharmonic society, and the singer's friends say that "his music is too different from the republican format".

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