Inhabitants of Ingush Village of Pliyeva Blocked a Highway to Protest Against Abductions
Yesterday, around 100 residents of Plieva village of Ingushetia blocked a highway to protest against the abduction of the villager Mikail Pliyev (33 years old) who was kidnapped when he went to doctor for his pregnant wife, some armed people in police uniform took him away on March 5.
Mansur Pliyev, a cousin of Mikail, said on telephone: “Today, around 12.00 a.m. we, all our relatives and fellow villagers, gathered together and blocked the route Nazran-Sleptsovsk highway. The people are tired this lawlessness that our relatives and friends disappearing without a trace. The authorities must stop it. In this year, three members of our family -my brother, a close relative and a cousin- were abducted…”
“He has never been charged. He is absolutely a peaceful businessman. He has five children and a pregnant wife. Let us the simply answer: Where is he?” said a friend of Mikail Pliyev.
“We went together Pyatigorsk for survey on my pregnancy. My husband went out the car and couldn’t see him again” said Makka Pliyeva, wife of kidnapped Mikail. But Eyewitnesses saw Mikail that arrested by some people in police uniform and forcibly put into a car.
An opposition leader, Magomed Khazbiev was also among the protesters and he told reporters, Issa Gireev, Interior Minister of Ingushetia, was commanding to police. And he ordered: “beat and disrupt these people”, after that the OMON special police attempted to disperse the spontaneous protest, but people resisted. There was a scuffle with the police. People did not disperse. Policemen dragged some of the protesters to armored jeeps. Dozens of people were detained and was carried away to Police Departmant in Nazran.
According the last news, protest meeting is continued today, too.
On the other hand, The New York Times wrote the brutal carnage of Russian soldiers at Ekazhevo village of Ingushetia on March 2-3: Tuesday’s raid, in Ekazhevo, was the most powerful federal blitz in recent years, local residents said, resulting in six reported deaths and about a dozen arrests. It was in the same village where the renowned Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev was killed in a special operation in 2006. The settlement is nestled between population centers, where unpatrolled rural roads lend themselves to secrecy, said Timur Aliyev, who works for the human rights organization Memorial in the capital city, Nazran.
Federal forces surrounded the village at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, sealing off a population of 25,000 and making it clear this was not an ordinary raid, Mr. Aliyev said. On Wednesday, when the bodies were brought to Nazran, the morgue was heavily guarded, another extraordinary measure. By Friday afternoon, the bodies had still not been surrendered to their families, though Muslim custom demands immediate burial, he said.
Belan Kartoyev, a 24-year-old lawyer who lives in Ekhazhevo, said federal forces refused to allow families to leave their houses on Tuesday, despite artillery explosions powerful enough to break windows. By that evening, the forces allowed women and children to leave Ekazhevo, but he said trucks full of federal reinforcements were still arriving Friday afternoon, and neighbors said the forces were looting houses.
“The local people are in despair,” he said. “They don’t know who to appeal to. They are afraid for their lives and health, but they are afraid to speak out.”