At least 27 people killed during extrajudicial mass execution by Chechen siloviki
The outlet has published a list of 27 persons killed. At the same time, the news agency notes that the number of victims of the extrajudicial execution can reach up to 56 people.
Novaya Gazeta has reported on a mass extrajudicial execution in Chechnya. According to the publication, in January 2017, Chechen security forces killed at least 27 people in Grozny.
The victims were detained as part of a special operation that was carried out after the murder of a policeman in December 2016. To recall, a group of young people had attacked a police officer and stolen his car. All the attackers were then eliminated, including three detainees who were shot in a Grozny hospital. The incident gave rise to massive detentions throughout Chechnya. At the same time, in January, Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov reported on the arrests. He said that the gang had connections with the terrorists of the Islamic state (banned in Russia). Journalists noted that the arrests had taken place without proper paperwork: the detainees were held in cellars and ancillary premises of police departments. According to Novaya Gazeta, about 200 people were detained. The publication adds that the total number of dead can reach 56 people.
The journalists believe that the mass extrajudicial execution took place on the night of January 25 to 26. That night, all the detainees were held in Grozny on the territory of the police patrol and checkpoint service regiment's deployment named after Hero of Russia Akhmat-Hadji Kadyrov, headed by Police Colonel Aslan Iraskhanov.
After the mass murder, the detainees' bodies were taken to various cemeteries, including Christian ones. The publication says that the decision on the execution was taken "centrally and spontaneously." Novaya Gazeta has published a list of 27 people killed, which contains their full names, dates of birth, and in some cases, the registration addresses.
The information on the mass murder was confirmed to the newspaper by two sources: the ICR and the administration of the head of Chechnya. "Without assertion, we can say that an extrajudicial execution, unprecedented even for Chechnya, took place on the night of January 25 to 26," the material says.
The newspaper insists on the initiation of a criminal case. It has referred all the materials to the ICR and Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova.
Earlier, Novaya Gazeta had reported on the persecution of gays in Chechnya. However, based on the results of the investigation, the Investigative Committee did not confirm the facts of the publication, as there was no information on the victims.