Relatives of tortured in Ingushetia picket Investigative Committee and Prosecutor General's Office

Relatives of tortured in Ingushetia picket Investigative Committee and Prosecutor General's Office
Former MIA employee Khasan Katsiev Photo: Egor Skovoroda/ Mediazona

A former MIA officer, Khasan Katsiev, who has been trying to bring the torturers to justice, also took part in the action.

Relatives of those residents of Ingushetia, who suffered from torture in the Center E or in relation to whom, according to the relatives, criminal cases were trumped-up, came out with one-man protests to the buildings of the Investigative Committee and Prosecutor General's Office in Moscow. Former MIA officer Khasan Katsiev also took part in the action – for several years he has been trying to bring the people who tortured him to justice, a correspondent of Mediazona reports.

The protesters demanded to terminate the framed-up criminal cases and punish security forces officers involved in tortures.

In addition to Katsiev, the Investigative Committee and Prosecutor General's Office were picketed by Svetlana Popova, Patimat Dolieva and Eset Kotieva. Svetlana Popova, the mother of Mikhail Popov, who, along with his wife Khadija Khamkhoyeva, was arrested in North Ossetia. The relatives insist that the FSB officers planted the drugs on the young people. Eset Kotieva is the mother of Vakha Kotiev, who escaped from Russia after being tortured in the Ingush Center E and now asks for political asylum in Europe (at that, in Russia, Khotiev was put on the wanted list as guerilla who supposedly left for Syria).

Patimat Dolieva is the sister of Magomed Doliev, whom the security forces officers tortured together with his wife Marem Doliyeva. Magomed passed away. Mediazona has published a story about the Dolievs and Khasan Katsiev in the material called Timur and his team. How the Ingush Center E turned out to be a gang of sadists and extortionists.

After the death of Magomed Doliev, the head of the Ingush Center E, Timur Khamkhoev, was arrested along with several of his subordinates. They were charged with Extortion (item (a), part 2 of Art. 163 of the Russian Criminal Code) and Exceeding Official Powers with the use of violence (item (a), part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code). The investigation of the case has already been completed and the accused have been acquainting with the case materials for several months. Nevertheless, the use of violence against Khasan Katsiev has not been investigated so far.

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