Presidential Administration "took note" of reports on Chechen detainees' execution

Presidential Administration "took note" of reports on Chechen detainees' execution
Dmitry Peskov

Press secretary of the Head of the state Dmitry Peskov noted that they took note of "refutation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic".⁠

Press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov commented on the information on the mass executions of detainees in Chechnya, published by Novaya Gazeta.

"We saw reports, which were published in one of the newspapers. We took note of them, as well as the refutation of this information, which was done by the bodies of internal affairs of the Chechen Republic," said Dmitry Peskov.

The press secretary of the Head of state also considered it necessary to note that the source of information about executions was anonymous.

Recall that on the eve, on July 9, Novaya Gazeta published a list of 27 people, containing the full name, date of birth, and in some cases, registration addresses. According to the edition, all of them were detained and killed in Grozny in January 2017 on the territory of the regiment of the patrol police service named after Hero of Russia Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov. After the murder, bodies of detainees were taken to various cemeteries, including the Christian ones. Novaya Gazeta noted that the total number of people killed could reach 56 people. The edition reported that all the dead were detained during the antiterrorist operation, but the Dozhd television channel claims citing its anonymous interlocutors that the detainees were suspected of attacking the ancestral village of Head of the Republic Ramzan Kadyrov – Tsentaroy - in August 2010.

The Government of Chechnya called the published information a lie. Minister of Chechnya on national policy, external relations, press and information Dzhambulat Umarov called information on the execution of 27 people in Grozny "another round and a surge of unhealthy fantasy."

Meanwhile, the Committee Against Torture stated that they are aware of other cases of disappearance of people in Chechnya after detentions. However, neither the Human Rights Council nor the Committee against Torture can establish the reliability of the information, since the relatives of the missing are afraid to address human rights defenders and law enforcement agencies.

In turn, Tatyana Moskalkova, the human rights Ombudswoman, stated that she reported to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about the mass executions in Chechnya, and instructed the members of the Investigative Committee to conduct an examination.

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