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Cleansing operations in the Kurchaloyevskiy region
(June 2001)

In June 2001, members of the Human Rights Center 'Memorial' went to the Kurchloyevskii region in the Republic of Chechnya, where they interviewed local residents, talked to the region's administrative representative and visited the central hospital.

Below follows information about local events; the appendixes provide excerpts from local residents' statements.

Kurchaloyevskii region is located on the plain and foothills to the east of Grozny.

Since autumn 2000, the Human Rights Center (HRC) 'Memorial' has been receiving news about the extreme violations of human rights occurring in this region. The HRC 'Memorial' was the recipient of information about Kurchaloyevskii, submitted on the 22nd November 2000 by Mr. M. Taramov, the chief administrator of the region. This report includes descriptions of sabotage and acts of terrorism by the rebels, as well as numerous cases of violence against peaceful civilians by the federal forces.

Makhkal Taramov, a civil servant of the Russian administration and a man under death threats from the rebels, nonetheless released the following statement:

"The criminal acts committed by the federal forces and by representatives of various special service branches have a hugely negative effect on the general atmosphere in the region and cause widespread repercussions. There are constant cases of peaceful civilians being unlawfully detained and terrorised during the so-called 'clean-up operations'. People are taken away and their fate becomes a mystery <…..> Deliberate contempt is shown to civilians passing through at each checkpoint. Local police are often offended and derided. The bureaucratic chaos created by the federal forces adds to the explosive liability of the situation.

In the Spring of 2001 the 'Operational Headquarters for the improvement of the socio-political situation' was set up with the participation of the region's military commander, heads of the regional administration, leaders of the Temporary Department of Internal Affairs (VOVD – police temporarily taking command in Chechnya) and the Regional Internal Affairs Management (RUVD – Chechen police). Several times a month, this board chaired widely attended conferences, but the situation in the region did not improve. The HRC 'Memorial' continued to receive reports of acts of aggression against civilians by servicemen of the federal forces: of murders, robberies, torturing and 'disappearances' of local residents held under arrest.

At the same time armed formations continued resistance against the the federal forces.

30th April 2001: on the road outside the village of Oktyabrskoe a landmine blew up a vehicle of the Unified Military Forces Group. One soldier died and two were wounded.

1st May 2001, Kurchaloye: an uncased bomb exploded in coach that had been transformed into a cafe. Six servicemen of the federal forces and a waitress were wounded.

Evening, 1st May 2001: as a result of the shelling of a car, Saikhan Chukaev, the head of the village administration of Geldagan, was killed.

2nd May 2001: in the northern outskirts of Kurchaloy, a radio-operated landmine blew up a truck carrying servicemen of the Khabarovskiy OMON returning from a special operation. One policeman died and two were wounded.

Immediately following this event, soldiers arrested 4 local residents – men who happened to be not far from the site of the explosion; two were workers at a car repairs works, one, the owner of a roadside cafe and one, a young man who was washing his car by the river. During their arrest they were all severly beaten. At the VOVD however, for some reason only one of them was beaten up. Within 2 days all the arrested men were released. However, this incident caused clashes between soldiers and the local women, which led to the injury of an 11-year old girl (see Appendix 1).

12th May 2001: at 04:30 in the morning, soldiers arriving in armoured cars surrounded a block of flats in the village of Geldagan, burst into the home of Khamdi Khumandinovich Gerikhanov (born 1954) and shot dead his son Umar Khamdievich Gerikhanov (born 1982). The soldiers shot Khamdi Gerikhanov first in the leg, beat him and then shot him in the head.

On the same day armed federal forces representatives burst into the house where the brothers of the killed Khamdi Gerikhanov were living. They were taken from the house and released only after torture and assault:

Khamzat Khumadievich Gerikhanov (born 1952) – broken right foot, concussion.

Gairbek Khumadievich Gerikhanov (born 1959) – damaged ribcage, lower back, pelvis.

Ilyas Khumadievich Gerikhanov (born 1966) – forced to drink a substance that caused his body to break out in a rash and left him feeling extremely unwell.

Abubakar Khuseinovich Umarov (born 1980) – grievously beaten up.

According to the report from the headquarters of the United Federal Forces Group, dated 14th May, two rebels were killed in Gedagan.

17th May 2001: near the village school in Tsotsin-Yurt, the military commander of the Kurchaloyevskii region, colonel Sergei Kislov, stopped a passing car with three men inside and demanded to see the driver's documents. In response the driver shot at the commander several times with a pistol. The commander died later in hospital from his wounds.

In the return fire the driver and one passenger were killed. The third rebel managed to escape.

At the time of the incident, 4 young men were found near the scene. Not having succeeded in catching the third passenger, soldiers arrested these men. They were:

Dzhabrail Abdulkadyrov (born 1972)
Askhab-Ali Mugudinovich Biyakaev (born 1985)
Umar Makhmayev
(born 1980)

A man of dagestani origin who had come to the region to buy oil.

In the evening of the same day General Troshev appeared on television. He presented 4 men; their heads covered by sacks, and said that they were responsible for the commander's death. The parents of the men recognised them, but when they questioned the authorities - the commandant's office, the VOVD, ROVD and the federal security service (FSB) - all denied that the men had been detained.

All 4 men were released within 2 weeks. They had all been beaten but no charges had been made.

27th May 2001: armed men in camouflage and facemasks burst into the house of the divisional police inspector of Geldagan, S. Chukaev, and killed him and his brother.

THE FIRST 'CLEANSING' OF THE VILLAGE OF MAIRTUP

1st June 2001: soldiers surrounded Mairtup (Kurchaloyevskii region) in the early morning. A 'cleansing' operation began, in which neither the regional commander nor the administrative head were involved. Soldiers burst into residential blocks, 20 or 30 at a time and fanned out round the courtyard and sheds. They held the residents at gunpoint in the courtyard, while they turned the contents of the homes upside down; tearing down carpets, breaking furniture and confiscating anything valuable. On discovering young men, the soldiers announced they were taking them with them, although they then offered the families the opportunity to pay for their immediate release.

8 men were taken to the outskirts of the village where they were chased by dogs and beaten. Later, 4 were released and the remaining men were taken to the commandant's office. They were detained there for 5 days. Two of them were then released, but two – Said-Khasan Salamov (born 1953) and Said-Magomed Vakhaev (born 1962) disappeared without trace. Vakhaev was taken to the commandant's office in a state of unconsciousness and was then taken away on a stretcher. Nonetheless the commandant's office claimed that neither Vakhaev nor Salamov had been held there. Documents confiscated from the released detainees were not returned to them.

(excerpts from testimonies of the detainees – see Appendix 2)

***

Beginning of June 2001: the headquarters of the Unified Military Forces Group in the North Caucasus released several statements about increased rebel activity in the Kurchaloyevskii region.

5th June 2001: Sheikhi Dubaev, a member of the security services of the head of the administration of Chechnya, received several wounds as a result of an attack on his car in the outskirts of the village of Kurchaloy.

6th June 2001: an armoured division approached the outskirts of the village of Mairtup. Soldiers seized 3 herdsmen and delivered them to the 33rd regiment, which is based in the former territory of the road repair station. There the prisoners were taken into tents and tortured with electric shocks, thus forcing from them testimonies indicating names of people in the village connected to the rebels. They were then thrown into a pit where they were left without food and water until the following evening when they were taken to a forest and abandoned.

8th June 2001: according to a commanding representative of the United Federal Forces Group, an armoured vehicle was blown up in a mine incident near the village of Mairtup and two policemen were killed.

On the same day the second 'cleansing' of the village of Mairtup commenced and continued till the 9th June 2001.

THE SECOND 'CLEANSING' OF THE VILLAGE OF MAIRTUP

Firstly the statements of two official persons:

On the 9th June an unnamed general informed a correspondent of Interfax: "We cannot adopt the approach 'an eye for an eye', but neither can we promise the residents of Mairtup a peaceful existence over the next two weeks".

On the 26th June A. Kadirov, the administrative head of the Republic of Chechnya informed journalists that the return of refugees from Chechnya is significantly hampered by "clean-up operations, which are accompanied by pillaging and excesses of behaviour in relation to peaceful citizens". He noted the 'clean-up' of Mairtup as an example where, he stated, "300 people, who were not involved in the unlawful activities were arrested ".

8th-9th June 2001: the village of Mairtup was blockaded. The 'cleansing operation', as usual took place in the absence of the commandant and the administrative head. Members of the Tverskoi OMON who are serving at the checkpoint nearest to the village and are supposed to guarantee the safety of its residents, shut themselves in a building and took no steps to intervene.

Undisguised robbery and extortion took place in the village. Servicemen of the federal forces rounded up the young men under any pretence. Dozens of people were arrested.

9th June 2001: Apti Akhyadov, a 14-year-old boy, was killed. By mistake, the permanent address on this boy's provisional I.D. was incorrectly stated as Alleroi. Knowing that such a mistake could cause severe problems for her grandson, his grandmother advised him to run away. Apti ran off but the soldiers noticed him and one of them shot as he was climbing over a fence. The shot was taken at close range and it would have been obvious that this was not a grown man, especially since Apti was not a tall boy. His brother ran up to him but he was already dead. The soldiers decided to detain the 16-year-old brother of the dead boy. In vain the boy asked to be allowed to remain until his brother's funeral and swore he would then turn himself in. But they took him away nonetheless.

Driven to despair, the residents of the village laid Apti's body on a stretcher and the gathering crowd set off through the village to the regional centre of Kurchaloye. The soldiers immediately burst out of the courtyards where they had been carrying out their 'cleansing operation'. A woman threw a stone at them. One soldier aimed and fired an automatic weapon at her. A second soldier grabbed him and forced the first's arm upwards and the shots went off into the air. The soldier tried to shoot a second time, but was again prevented from doing so. The residents wanted the commanding officer to speak to him, demanding not the ending of the 'cleansing operation; but that it should be carried out lawfully. The soldiers began to fire into a pile of stones, which the villagers were standing in front of. Several bullets ricocheted into the crowd; three men received injuries as well as one woman whose knee was shattered by a bullet. Two men hoisted her up and called for the commanding officer. The soldiers compromised saying that the commanding officer would address them only if the crowd withdrew 10 metres and only three men approached the administrative building.

At this moment the deputy commander of the region Odissey Danaev arrived. The residents noticed that he was in a good mood and told him what had happened. Danaev promised that in future the cleansings would be carried out only in the presence of members of the military and civil administration.

Apti Akhyadov's brother was released late that evening. There were no charges made against him.

'CLEANSING OPERATION' IN THE VILLAGE OF TSOTSIN-YURT

15th June: the latest meeting of the 'Operational Headquarters for the improvement of the socio-political situation' took place in the morning in the regional centre of Kurchaloy. In particular the order of the commanding officer of the Unified Military Forces Group in the Northern Caucasus ¹145 (see Appendix 3) was being discussed. According to this order, the commanders of the various sections and divisions of the federal forces must co-operate with the leaders of the local administration, the military commandants, chiefs of the regional police units and the military prosecutors during all special operations in civilian areas. At the start of a special operation, the leader of the operation must invite these officials to his command office.

However, as it later became clear, at the very time that this was going on, and without even informing the head of the Kurchaloyevskii region, anyone from the village's central administration or even the commandant of Kurchaloyevskii region, the federal forces were undertaking a 'cleansing operation' in the village of Tsotsin-Yurt.

From 10:00 am Tsotsin-Yurt was surrounded by a large number of armoured vehicles. By 11:00 am soldiers blockaded the village. No one was admitted to the village, not even a woman bringing the dead body of her child back from Makhachkala.

Next, the helicopter safeguarding Tsotsin-Yurt discharged its passengers. All the residents' passports were checked which was accompanied by extensive pillaging of their property. All the pillaged possessions were loaded into the armoured vehicles and transported to a point at the outskirts of the village. Everyone who had been arrested was also taken to this point.

Dozens of male village residents were arrested. They were all subjected to beatings and torture that resulted in broken ribs and limbs. Almost all of them had bloodblisters on their bodies.

Soldiers stopped the drivers of buses and cars along the road through the village, and beat them also.

Most of those arrested were released the same day, however, the fate of 11 people remained unknown. In the course of a week, 9 of the 11 were released. They had been held in temporary solitary confinement cells (IVS) in Kurchaloy. Among the detainees was Rezvan Saidovich Kubiev (born 1969) who was suffering from mental illness. Rezvan is not aware of what he does or what is going on around him, he cannot feed himself but has to be fed by his mother. He was kept in isolation for a week.

Two of the arrested men disappeared completely. The men were two brothers – Adash Adamievich Edisultanov (born 1975) and Beslan Adamievich Edisultanov (born 1973). It is possible that the reason the representatives of the federal forces paid special attention to them was because their bodies were showed old scars. There are statements that reveal that on the 16th of June they were detained with the other residents of Kurchaloye (see below). There is no current information (as of the beginning of July) as to their whereabouts.

'CLEANSING OPERATION' OF THE VILLAGE OF KURCHALOY

16th June: at dawn the federal forces set about the 'cleansing' of Kurchaloy. According to statements from local residents, the cleansing began at 4:00am and 10 people were arrested according to information on file about them.

Arrests of men on file

Two brothers – Magomed-Salakh (born 1980) and Magomed-Emi Dokhtukaev (born 1978). The circumstances under which Mahomet-Salakh was wounded by an automatic weapon outside his house are undetermined. He was still alive when soldiers returned to the scene and placed him in an armoured vehicle. They then placed his brother, Mahomed-Emi and father, Said-Mahomed Dokhtukaev (born 1959) in the same vehicle.

A little while later S-M. Dokhtukaev was released after being told: "You will never see one of your sons again, and the other won't be around either. Off you go and suffer for the rest of your life".

The fate of the two brothers remains unknown. Local residents believe that the unrecognisble remains of human bodies, found in the outskirts of the village on the 21st June belonged to them. The relatives of the men, however, are unwilling to accept this.

Khasan Dzhunaidovich Chimaev (born 1948): at 4:00am soldiers, arriving in cars with muffled motors, stole into his courtyard. Chimaev was home at the time with his wife and 15-year-old daughter. Half asleep, his daughter scarcely managed to tell him: "someone's in our courtyard" when the soldiers burst into his home, breaking down his door and windows. Asking no questions, they began ripping the doors off cupboards and wardrobes, overturning and smashing up furniture. Finding no evidence of criminal activity, they left with Chimaev with the words "we'll have the old man".

21st June: among the corpses found that, day relatives identified him by scraps of his clothing (his wife identified him by the collar of his shirt she had mended).

Vakha Magomadov: He worked in the regional office of internal affairs, therefore he left his house and climbed into the military's vehicle calmly when he was detained. Those who arrested him stole all the valuables from his house.

Magomadov's dead body was found on the 21st June near to the village.

Khanpasha Khizriev: He showed his documents ascertaining that he was a divisional police inspector to the soldiers, carrying out identity checks. He was not held while being arrested, according to the eyewitness accounts of his relatives; he climbed into the military's vehicle. At the commandant's office his mother was told that they had no information as to his whereabouts.

Among the bodies discovered on the 21st June his body was identified by a note in his trouser pocket. It was a note to him as the divisional police inspector asking for someone to be officially registered.

Two brothers – Rizvan and Ibragim Gaibov: from 1997-1999 (during the Maskhadov regime) their brother, Idris Gaibov, was the prefect of the region of Kurchaloevskiy. After the second war in Chechnya began, he moved away from Kurchaloy, but his brothers were hassled every time there was a 'cleansing operation'. This time was no different; in the morning of the 16th of June Rizvan and Ibragim were arrested but released in the evening. However, on the 17th June Rizvan was again arrested. His exact whereabouts are unknown but it has been reported that Ibrahim Gaibov is alive and being held in a solitary confinement cell at the VOVD.

In addition to the brothers, three other men were arrested who were released after having been beaten and tortured. For example, one of the arrested men, whose son is probably a rebel fighter against the federal forces, had his back sliced. Two ribs were broken as a result of the beatings he suffered. A sharp implement was inserted into his ear as a result of which he now has only partial hearing.

The utter 'cleansing' of Kurchaloy

After the arrests of those on file, many armoured vehicles entered the village and blockaded the streets. A complete check of all the houses commenced. The same thing happened here as in Mairtup and Tsotsin-Yurt – looting and extortion. The soldiers blatantly loaded valuables – stereos, televisions and carpets into their armoured vehicles.

Public institutions such as the medical clinic (see appendix 4) were also looted.

The 'cleansing' commenced with no notification or co-operation with the local administration. Soldiers simply didn't allow the head of the regional administration to leave his house that morning.

Only in the afternoon the colonel leading the operation (who refused to identify himself) met the head of the region and the village administration in the presence of the head of the VOVD and the military commandant. He stated that all men arrested would be later released if no charges were made. Those who were clearly involved in suspicious activities would be taken to the military base in Khankala. And those who had to be 'worked on' (in the words of the colonel) would be taken to the VOVD.

During the 'cleansing' neither the commandant's assistants nor the VOVD police even tried to stop the excesses. Later the regional commandant claimed that he had not been informed about the impending 'clean-up' operation.

The 'clean-up' continued till the 17th June, the looting and extortion continued. Unlike the day before however, there were almost no arrests.

Arrests, beatings, torture

16th June: over the course of the day about 120 men between 16 and 65 years old were arrested.

All the arrested men were blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs, and were transported to the outskirts of the village where they were held either outside or in a warehouse of agricultural chemicals. Several of the men were badly sunburned due to being forced to lie half-naked in the extremely hot sun for hours.

According to the accounts of those who suffered at the hands of the soldiers, they were beaten with plastic water-filled bottles. They were beaten around the head and other vital organs: kidneys, liver etc.

The arrested men were hang up on trees. They were forced to lie on the ground and soldiers jumped onto them. The soldiers burned their bodies with cigarettes, poked fingers in their eyes and squeezed their fingers and toes with pliers. In this way they forced answers to the standard questions: "Are there rebels in your village? "How are you helping the rebels?" "Who has weapons and where are they hiding them?" etc.

At the request of the interviewees, 'Memorial' is not releasing the names of those who were tortured. Among the residents of Kurchaloy who were seriously harmed, information on the following is available:

  • A 44-year-old man who suffered broken ribs and was beaten about the kidneys and liver
  • A 26-year-old man who had the fingers broken on both his hands
  • A 29-year-old man who also had his fingers broken, had his nose broken and was wounded several times with a screwdriver.

There are other seriously wounded men about whom less information is currently available.

After the beatings and the torture, most of the men were released that evening. 19 of them were not returned the documents they held at the time of the arrests. Several more were released over the course of the next few days.

However, 7 of the men were not released: Vakha Magomadov, Khasan Chimaev, Rizvan Gaibov, Ibrahim Magomed-Salikh Dokhtukaev, Magomed-Emin Dokhtukaev, Khanpasha Khizriev and Badruddi Israpilov.

Regarding Rizvan Gaibov and Badruddi Israpilov (in whose homes hunting weapons were discovered) there is information that they are being held at the VOVD.

Unlawful executions: 'disappearances'

21st June 2001: 5 mutilated bodies were found a few kilometres from the village in the buildings of a deserted farm.

One of the deformed men was immediately identified. It was Vakha Magomadov (see above – arrests of men on file).

The other 4 bodies were practically in pieces, evidently from shell wounds. Nonetheless, two of the bodies were identified by relatives. That is the bodies of:

Khasan Chimaev

Khanpasha Khizriev.

The remains of the other two men were unidentifiable, but the village residents presume that they are the remains of the bodies of the Dokhtukaev brothers.

All these men were arrested by representatives of the federal forces, early in the morning of the 16th June during the selective arrests of men whose details are held on file.

The news agency Interfax announced the discovery of the bodies but didn't draw attention to the fact that they were the bodies of men who had been arrested by representatives of the federal forces.

"INTERFAX 22nd June: In Chechnya, 4 km from a regional capital, local residents discovered the dead bodies of five men.

As 'Interfax' was informed on Friday, the forensic examination at the ROVD of the Chechen region of Kurchaloyevskii established that they all died from their 'numerous shrapnel wounds'.

At the present time, it has been possible to identify two of the bodies: they are local residents who had previously been presumed missing. The ROVD confirmed that the identities of the other three bodies are currently being in established.

A criminal case has arisen from the discovery of the bodies. Reporters from 'Interfax' gave details that an investigative team from the public prosecutor's office, the FSB and the military commandant's office are working on the scene.

"INTERFAX 22 June: Names were established of two of the five men whose bodies were found with numerous wounds at the outskirts of the regional center of Kurchaloy. As Interfax reported earlier, the local ROVD established that among the dead were Guseyn Chimaev and Vakha Magomadov, both residents of Kurchaloy.

They were last seen alive on the 16th June. Law enforcement agencies are investigating the events."

***

The night of the 27th/28th June: In the village of Geldagan soldiers arrived in armoured vehicles (BTR) at the home of the Israilov family. The armoured vehicles broke down the brick wall around the courtyard and the soldiers burst into the house. Neighbours heard shouting and an order in Russian "Lie down on the floor!" After that there was a volley of machine-gun fire. In the morning it was established that Dzhabrail Uvaisovich Israilov (born 1953) and his sons Beksolt Dzhabrailovich Israilov (born 1982) and Bekkhan Dzhabrailovich Israilov (born 1983) had been killed.

Several residents of Geldagan cautiously express the opinion that the death of these people may have been connected to their involvement in money-changing operations.

***

APPENDIXES

  1. Kurchaloy, 2nd May 2001: Car explosion, detention of 4 residents.
  2. Excerpts from the testimonials of the residents of Mairtup about the 'cleansing' operation in the village, 1st June 2001.
  3. Extract from the order of the Commanding Officer of the Unified Military Forces Group in the Northern Caucasus, ¹145.
  4. Excerpts from the reports of the residents of Kurchaloy about the 'cleansing' of the village, 16th June 2001.

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03.04.2009 Human Rights NGOs About Attack on Lev Ponomarev

01.04.2009 Chechnya: New Acts of Counter-Terror

01.04.2009 Bulletin of the Human Rights Center “Memorial” Situation in the North Caucasus conflict zone: analysis from the human rights perspective. Winter 2008-2009

27.03.2009 Chechnya: Houses of Relatives of Rebels are set on fire

26.03.2009 Memorial on Deportation of 1949 in Estonia

23.03.2009 Dagestan: Extrajudicial Execution

19.03.2009 Chronicle. January-February 2009. North Caucasus. Human rights violations

10.03.2009 The events in Nookat: Is Kyrgyzstan at the crossroads?

09.03.2009 Liquidation of the village of Shankhaj (Chechnya)

10.03.2009 The events in Nookat: Is Kyrgyzstan at the crossroads?

06.03.2009 Chechnya: Student meeting in Grozny

05.03.2009 European Court of Justice once more recognized Russian soldiers responsible for killing of civilians

04.03.2009 Ingushetia: The situation of forced migrants from the Chechen Republic

02.03.2009 Monitoring of compliance with human rights, related to the events in Nookat on October 1, 2008

02.03.2009 Memorial Sent Appeal to President of Kyrgyzstan

02.03.2009 Dagestan: Alibek Abunazarov Released

02.03.2009 Search in Saint-Petersburg Memorial to be Investigated in Court

02.03.2009 Bulletin: Human Rights in the North Caucasus - autumn 2008

02.03.2009 New Human Rights Violations in Dagestan

02.03.2009 Russian Human Rights Activist Deported from Kyrgyzstan

20.02.2009 Jury acquitted four defendants in case of murder of Anna Politkovskaya

11.02.2009 Refugee from Uzbekistan Granted Asylum in Sweden

05.02.2009 Moscow and Saint-Petersburg Remember Victims of Novye Aldy

05.02.2009 Good News from Dagestan

04.02.2009 Geneva. UN Human Rights Council is expected to review Universal Periodic Review of Russia today

04.02.2009 Materials prepared by Russian NGOs for the Universal Periodic Review of russia in the United Nations Human Rights Council

03.02.2009 Open Letter from HRC Memorial to Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov

03.02.2009 Killer of Farid Babaev Was Sentenced to 16 Years of Prison

02.02.2009 Who is Feeding Civil War in Dagestan?

01.02.2009 Meeting in Memory of Markelov and Baburova

30.01.2009 The SOVA Center for Information and Analysis

28.01.2009 Ingushetia: Theft With Political Bias?

28.01.2009 HRC Memorial Public Statement. President Overrules New Law on State Secrets

27.01.2009 Human Rights Violations in Kyrgyzstan - Nookat Riots

22.01.2009 Please, find the English press-release of SIC "Memorial" (Saint Petersburg) regarding the court decision on the search of December 4, 2008 below. Court ruled the search in SIC "Memorial" illegal

22.01.2009 Piquet in Memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova

22.01.2009 Chechen people protest against the killing of advocate and journalist

21.01.2009 Search Declared Illegal

20.01.2009 In Memory of Anastasia Baburova and Stanislav Markelov

20.01.2009 Court ruled the search in SIC “Memorial” illegal

19.01.2009 January 2009: New Abductions in Chechnya

19.01.2009 Killing of Advocate Stanislav Markelov. Statement of Memorial

19.01.2009 Court decision in the case of Memorial Research Center is to be announced today in Saint Petersburg

16.01.2009 Piquet — Freedom to Igor Sutyagin

16.01.2009 Austria: Bring Killers of Chechen Exile to Justice

15.01.2009 European Court issued judgment in case of abduction of resident of Ingushetia by FSB officials

14.01.2009 Sister of the member of Mothers of Dagestan arrested

14.01.2009 Debate in case of Farid Babaev scheduled Monday in Supreme Court of Dagestan

13.01.2009 Situation in the North Caucasus conflict zone (summer 2008)

13.01.2009 New Abductions in Chechnya

12.01.2009 Bulletin of the Memorial Human Rights Center Situation in the North Caucasus conflict zone: analysis from the human rights perspective Summer 2008.

24.12.2008 Open Letter of Sergey Kovalev to Public Chamber of Russian Federation

24.12.2008 South Ossetia: atmosphere, restoration, refugees, Russian soldiers

19.12.2008 Piquet Against Abuse of Power

18.12.2008 The law is not passed, yet the Supreme Court hastens to act

18.12.2008 Russian and Georgian NGOs meet at Memorial

16.12.2008 Human rights defense NGOs meet to commemorate 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

15.12.2008 Winners of award "Journalism as an Act of Conscience" announced in Moscow

15.12.2008 Russia was accused of deporting a political refugee

15.12.2008 HRC Memorial member Bakhrom Khamroev detained in Moscow

15.11.2008 Hostages in the South Caucasus conflict zone: October-November 2008

31.10.2008 Special Press Release of Human Rights Centre “Memorial” and Demos Centre Humanitarian consequences of the armed conflict in the South Caucasus

15.10.2008 Memorial Human Rights Center. Combat on Terrorism and Human Rights in the North Caucasus (April-October 2008)

15.10.2008 Information and Research Center «DEMOS», Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights. Freedom of Association

15.10.2008 Information and Research Center «DEMOS», Moscow Helsinki Group, International Youth Human Rights Movement. Freedom of Assembly

15.10.2008 Information and Research Center «DEMOS». Implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Russia

15.10.2008 Independent Center for Legal Expertise. The State of the Judiciary System in Russia

15.10.2008 SOVA Center for Information and Analysis. The current anti-extremist legislation and its’ enforcement

15.10.2008 Memorial Human Rights Center. A former prisoner of an illegal detention place abducted in Chechnya

15.10.2008 Report dedicated to the next round of EU-Russia consultations on human rights. Combat on Terrorism and Human Rights in the North Caucasus

02.10.2008 European Court: Russia responsible for ‘presumed death’ of Chechen teenagers

02.10.2008 On 9 October 2008, European Court of Human Rights will deliver judgment in the case "Albekov and others v. Russia"

25.09.2008 The European Court declared Russia responsible for the death of Ruslan Mezhidov’s five relatives and awarded the applicant 100 thousand Euros

11.09.2008 A Month after the War

01.09.2008 Magomed Evloyev, Owner of Opposition News Website, Shot Dead by Security Services in Ingushetia

01.09.2008 HRC Memorial on the murder of Magomed Evloev

29.08.2008 Bulletin by Human Rights Center “Memorial” The situation in North Caucasus. Evaluation by human rights activists. Winter 2007-2008 – early March 2008

08.08.2008 Statement from the Memorial International Society: Stop the war

06.08.2008 A Victim Who Testified Against Illegal Prison Abducted in Chechnya

25.07.2008 The activist of a human rights organization and applicant to the European Court of Human Rights had been abducted in Ingushetia

07.07.2008 Statement of The Russian NGO Initiative for the Dialogue with the European Union on Human Rights

23.04.2008 Report by Sergey Kovalev at the meeting between the EU delegation and the delegation of the Russian NGOs on the eve of the new round of the EU-Russia consultations on human rights defence (Ljubljana, April 16, 2008)

17.04.2008 Report by the Memorial Human Rights Centre dedicated to the new round of consultations between the EU and Russia (Ljubljana, April 16, 2008).

26.03.2008 Council of Europe: Joint Open Letter to the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

26.02.2008 Memorial HRC Employees’ Meeting with Chechen Republic President

21.02.2008 On the struggle for the moral purity in the Chechen Republic

20.02.2008 Statement from Moscow Memorial Regarding the Relocation of the Solovetsky Stone

17.02.2008 Lawlessness and Attempted Provocation in Nalchik: “Siloviki” Pressure the Family of Rasul Kudayev

12.02.2008 Ingushetia 2007: what is coming next?

19.12.2007 On the situation of residents of Chechnya in the Russian Federation. August 2006 - October 2007. Report of the HRC "Memorial", Migration Rights Network

05.12.2007 FIDH on the death of Farid Babaev

30.11.2007 European Court Passes Verdict in Favour of Relatives of Victims of Summary Executions in Staropromyslovsky District of Grozny in January 2000

28.11.2007 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: The Urgent Appeal

26.11.2007 FIDH communique: Intimidation and deliberate violence

26.11.2007 ABDUCTION OF JOURNALISTS AND RIGHTS DEFENDER IN INGUSHETIA

26.11.2007 In memoriam of Farid Babaev

25.11.2007 Statement of the IHF: 24 November - Another black day for human rights and democracy in Russia

24.11.2007 Amnesty International press release "Russian Federation: Human rights activist and journalists beaten in Ingushetia"

24.11.2007 Dick Marty protests abduction of 'Memorial' President Oleg Orlov in Nazran

24.11.2007 Attack on Oleg Orlov, Head of “Memorial” Board and journalists from REN TV in Ingushetia

22.11.2007 Attempt on the Life of Farid Babaev, a Prominent Public Activist of Dagestan, Candidate to MP of the Russian State Duma from “Yabloko”. Babaev is in Critical Condition in Hospital

13.11.2007 A general responsible for war crimes about to “modernize” the Russian Army’s officer corps?

08.11.2007 The Situation in Ingushetia (November. 2007)

06.11.2007 Expelling refugees as a means of imitating the anti-terror campaign

03.11.2007 New Outburst of Violence in Prigorodny District of North Ossetia, the Area of Ingush-Ossetian Conflict

27.10.2007 The murder of brothers Galaev

25.10.2007 Appeal of the Memorial human rights activist in defence of the barrister Irina Kodzaeva.

23.10.2007 Release of Bagap Tutakov in Chechnya

22.10.2007 The legal system in Chechnya. Bulletin ¹ 1 (August 2007)

12.10.2007 Bagap Tutakov, former representative of the Ichkerian Parliament at the Parliamentarian Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has been abducted in Chechnya

03.10.2007 On October 4, 2007 the court will consider the issue of initiation of a criminal case against an attorney at law of Kodzaeva, who was beaten by an investigator

26.09.2007 The Situation in the Republic of Ingushetia. En Route to Destabilization. September 2007

26.09.2007 Russian NGOs present their reports on the eve of the EU-Russia consultation on human rights The situation in the Chechen Republic

26.09.2007 Russian NGOs present their reports on the eve of the EU-Russia consultation on human rights Expelling refugees as a means of imitating the anti-terror campaign

20.09.2007 Mass Protest Rally in Ingushetia. Abducted Brothers Aushev Returned Home After Beatings and Torture

17.09.2007 Daghestan has provided land for permanent settlement to the inhabitants of the Borozdinovskaya Village still living in the camp of « Nadezhda ». Help to build houses is needed

30.08.2007 We tried our best… Changes in the situation for foreign citizens in the Russian Federation

Svetlana Gannushkina

10.08.2007 Abductions and Disappearances in the Republic of Dagestan

03.08.2007 Punitive Raid in Ingushetia: 27 Residents of Ali-Yurt Turned to Republican Hospital After a Morning "Visit" by Military Servicemen

19.07.2007 Bulletin of the HRC "Memorial" (Spring 2007)

31.05.2007 Statement of Memorial - On Our Work in Chechnya

May 2007 Fabrication of “Islamic extremism” criminal cases in Russia: campaign continues

04.05.07 Imminent provocation? Human rights activist from Ingushetia might become victim of security officials

02.05.07 The Situation in the North Caucasus: November 2006 - May 2007: Apotheosis of the "Chechenisation"

05.04.07 Open Letter by Russian Human Rights Organizations to the President of the United States

29.03.2007 Abduction Failed: Fifteen North Ossetia Law Enforcers Detained in Ingushetia

02.03.2007 International Memorial Nominated for the Nobel Prize

28.02.07 Svetlana Gannushkina is a Winner of the Czech Award "Homo Homini"

28.02.07 "The Caucasian Knot" - Winner of Gerd Bucerius Prize

01.02.07 “Counterterrorism Operation” by the Russian Federation in the Northern Caucasus throughout 1999-2006. Brief overview by the Human Rights Center "Memorial” and Center "Demos": Submitted to the Eminent Jurists Panel in January 2007 in connection with high level public hearings on terrorism, counterterrorism and human rights in Russia

30.01.07 Public Hearings on Terrorism, Counter Terrorism and Human Rights in Russia (Moscow)

15.01.07 "Memorial" newly Registered in Arkhangelsk

for 2006 DISAPPEARANCES AND KILLINGS IN 2006 IN CHECHEN REPUBLIC

for 2005 DISAPPEARANCES AND KILLINGS IN 2005 IN CHECHEN REPUBLIC

for 2004 DISAPPEARANCES AND KILLINGS IN 2004 IN CHECHEN REPUBLIC

08.12.2006 In Chechnya a Resident of Stanitsa Assinovskaya was Abducted and Tortured

05.12.2006 Visit of the delegation of the PACE in Chechnya

13.10.2006 IN MEMORY OF ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA

18.08.2006 Chechnya: Under Public Pressure Investigator of Urus-Martan ROVD Officially Apologized For Attacking Defense Lawyer

18.08.2006 Chechnya: the Head of Investigating Department of Urus-Martan ROVD Attacks a Defense Lawyer

18.07.2006 Hunger strike of Ingush Forced Migrants from North Ossetia Has Continued for 14 days

05.07.2006 Address of the Conference “Human Rights in Russia in the Year of Her G8 Presidency and Council of Europe Chairmanship” to the Leaders of the G8 Nations

19.06.2006 Illegal Jail in Oktyabrsky District of Grozny was Functioning until May 2006

09.06.2006 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
1. Should There Be No IDPs in Chechnya? Residents of Temporary Residence Centers Are Ready To Move But Only To Permanent Housing 6/06/06
2. A Man “Disappeared” on the territory of Government Administration in Grozny 8/06/06

01.06.2006 Special Operation in Stanitsa Nesterovskaya of Ingushetia: Security Servicemen Publicly Commit a Summary Execution

17.05.2006 There Should Be no Forced Migrants in Chechnya?

04.05.2006 Seven Days without Light. "Majskij" Camp for Ingush Forced Migrants from North Osetia Is Cut off Electricity

21.04.2006 In Ingushetia the Jury Acquits Magomed Aspiev, Accused of Armed Activity Against the Russian Federation

18.04.2006 On 9 April 2006, near the village of Sernovodsk, servicemen of unidentifie law enforcement agencies kidnapped Bulat Chilaev (born 1979)

13.04.2006 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial». Exacerbation of Tensions in the Area of Ingush-Ossetian Conflict
Ethnic Ingush "disappear" in Prigorodny District of North Ossetia. Crimes remain uninvestigated

21.03.2006 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial». March 2006. Discrimination

03.03.2006 Russian NGOs presented their reports in Vienna on the eve of the third round of EU-Russia consultations on human rights

02.03.2006 The Chechen Republic: Consequences of “Chechenization” of the conflict

02.03.2006 Vitaliy Ponomarev, Elena Riabinina. Concocting criminal proceedings for “Islamic extremism”

02.03.2006 Svetlana Gannushkina. On the situation of Chechens outside Chechnya July 2005 – February 2006

02.03.2006 Northern Caucasus. Conflict Spill-Over Outside the Chechen Republic in 2004-2005 (Ingushetia and Kabardino - Balkariya)

27.02.2006 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial». February 2006

27.02.2006 Ingushetia at the End of 2005: Explosions, Abductions, "Special Operations"

27.02.2006 Mulsim Gutseriev has been acquitted, the Jury Corrected 'Mistakes' of Investigators

05.02.2006 Representatives of Security Agencies Tried to Kidnap a Man From the Court Room After the Jury Passed an Acquittal

31.01.2006 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial». January 2006

23.01.2006 A Family Member of Applicant to European Court for Human Rights, Mekhti Mukhaev, Has been Illegally Detained and Subjected to Severe Torture

11.01.2006 The Borisovs: innocent people face 20 years in jail on trumped-up charges

09.11.2005 Starye Ataghi settlement was shelled

28.09.2005 A Conveyer of Violence. Human rights violations during anti-terrorist operations in the Republic of Ingushetia. September 2005

26.09.2005 An Open Letter to the Russian Public and the International Community

20.09.2005 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial». September 2005. “Ryazan trainings” continue in Nazran?

05.09.2005 The open letter to the Governments of the EU Member States and the Russian Federation, the Federal Assembly of Russia, the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the EU Council Secretary General

19.07.2005 The open letter to the Governments of the EU Members and the Russian Federation, the Federal Assembly of Russia, the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the EU Council Secretary General

05.07.2005 The Ivanovo “akromists” arrested for encroachment on the President and constitutional system of Uzbekistan

29.06.2005 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial» June 2005

01.06.2005 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial» April 2005

19.05.2005 Ingush-Osetian conflict of 1992: Roots and Evolvement (may 2005)

14.04.2005 Views of Russian NGOs - Human Rights Center "Memorial" and Center "Demos" Regarding the PACE Roundtable on Chechnya

06.04.2005 Mopping up operation in the village of Katayma in the city of Grozny

17.03.2005 Chechnya 2004: “New” Methods of Anti-Terror. Hostage taking and repressive actions against relatives of alleged combatants and terrorists

14.02.2005 Abducted Rights defender is free again

14.02.2005 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»January 2005

09.02.2005 Cease-Fire in Chechnya and Talks with Maskhadov are Necessary. An Open Appeal to the President of the Russian Federation from Leading Russian Human Rights Activists

08.02.2005 Andreas Gross has directed the answer to the open letter Russian and International NGOs

08.02.2005 The Whereabouts of 7 Relatives of Maskhadov Remain Unknown

02.02.2005 [PACE] Declaration on the recent human rights violations in the Chechen Republic

01.02.2005 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial» December 2004

01.2005 From Chechenization to Palestinization - The Human Rights Situation in Chechnya and North Caucasus in 2004

24.01.2005 Open Letter from seven Russian and international human rights NGOs concerning the creation of a Round Table in the framework of the PACE Political Affairs Committee regarding human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the Chechen Republic

18.01.2005 We ask you to pay attention to the case of Zara Murtuzaliyeva - Monstrous fabrication of terrorism charge

14.01.2005 Chechnya: Who Is Behind Human Abductions?

12.01.2005 In December 2004 A. Maskhadov's eight relatives have been abducted in the Chechen Republic

10.12.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial» November 2004

10.11.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial» October 2004

04.11.2004 Power Agencies Assault the Mosque in Sleptsovsk

10.10.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial» September 2004

10.09.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial» August 2004

05.09.2004 Beslan: the Hostage-taking at the School

28.08.2004 Illegal Detainments and Summary Executions in Ingushetia (August-July)

24.08.2004 Armed Raid on Grozny, August 21, 2004

20.08.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
Chechen IDPs Forced Back to Chechnya: “Uchkhoz” in Yandare after June 21

10.08.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
July 2004

10.07.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
June 2004

10.06.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
May 2004

10.05.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
April 2004

07.05.2004 Refugees in Ingushetia. Reinstatement to the List. Only through Court?

15.04.2004 Detainment and Murders of 8 Shalinskii Region Residents of the Village of Duba-Urt

14.04.2004 Mother and Five Small Children Dead After Aerial Attack on Civilian House in Chechnya

10.04.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
March 2004

08.04.2004 Joint Statement by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, and Memorial "The Situation in Chechnya and Ingushetia Deteriorates. New Evidence of Enforced Disappearances, Rape, Torture, and Extrajudicial Executions"

10.03.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
February 2004

10.03.2004 "Voluntary Surrender" of Magomed Khambiev

10.02.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
January 2004

10.01.2004 FROM THE CONFLICT ZONE Bulletin of Human Rights Center «Memorial»
December 2003

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