Events for Clean-up operation in New Aldy
On February 4, 2010, at 12:00, a press-conference “Cleansing in Novy Aldy (New Aldy) – To the 10th Anniversary of the Tragedy” organized at Independent Press Center and the presented of the film “Aldy, without a limitation period”.
The event was prepared by Human Rights Center Memorial. The speakers of the conference were Oleg Orlov, the Chairman of the Board of HRC Memorial; Alexander Cherkasov, member of the Board HRC Memorial; Tatiana Chernikova, HRC Memorial lawyer and Elvira Dombaeva, New Aldy resident, the witness.
After the speeches, the film “Aldy, without a limitation period” was presented at the event. The movie is based on documentary shots made by New Aldy residents on February 9, 2000 and the interview with the eyewitness of the events made by HRC Memorial in January-February 2009, and Natalya Estemirova was also participated to creating of the movie.
On February 5, 2000 the St. Petersburg special police squad made an ethnic cleansing in the village of New Aldy of Zavodskoi district in the city of Grozny. Tens of people were shot. HRC Memorial made a record of 56 people killed. There were no Chechen mujahedeens among the shot, only civilians – women, children, elderly people, disabled. This cleansing was one of the bloodiest in the history of the second Russian-Chechen war.
Russian law-enforcement authorities didn’t investigate this case. Striving for justice the victims of this tragedy with the assistance of lawyers from HRC Memorial applied to European Court on human rights. On July 26, 2007 European Court on human rights passes the decision in favor of the victims. But even this fact didn’t give the impetus to Russian authorities.
Events dated to the anniversary of the tragedy were also take place in St. Petersburg and Grozny.