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Ingush Civilians Disappearing

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Ingush Civilians Disappearing

According to the Human Rights Center “Memorial”, a young Ingush civilian was abducted from his house in Nazran, and an Ingush disappeared in Moscow.

On October 29, 2010 around 1 a.m. in the town of Nazran in Republic of Ingushetia allegedly officers of unidentified power structures abducted Zurab Idrisovich Tseloev (Tsoloev), born in 1985, from his own house (Khvoinaya str., 37).

According to Elizaveta Tseloeva, mother of the abducted, around 10 armed people in masks and camouflage stormed into their house. They neither introduced themselves nor showed any documents; searched the house illegally; spoke Russian without accent. During the search the officers turned the house upside down. Car VAZ-2107 owned by Tseloevs was damaged. Nothing illegal was found. Mobile phones, passports of Zurab Tseloev and his wife Aminat Malsagova, born in 1994, were taken away from the house.

According to Malsagova, when the unknown officers burst into the house, Zurab, frightened, got outside through the window. There he was seized, beaten up and being held undressed on the ground while the search in the house was being carried out. After the end of the search the unknown officers took Zurab with them not allowing him to put clothes on. They did not explain why he was detained and where he would be taken. The relatives tried to clear that up but they were sworn up at, threatened with arms and barred from leaving the house.

Zurab Tseloev’s relatives addressed Public Prosecutor’s office of the Republic of Ingushetia, head of the OVD of the Nazran’ district and president of the Republic of Ingushetia with written statements asking to name the reason of the detention and whereabouts of Zurab. They also applied verbally to the Department of FSB of the Russian Federation on the Republic of Ingushetia where they were said that the officers of the Department had not detained Tseloev. They also addressed human rights organizations with the statements.

Elizaveta Tseloeva says that previously her son used to be called for talks by the officers of OVD on Nazran and Nazran district. Each time after such talk they let him go. In 2008, Artur Tseloev (Tsoloev), Zurab’s brother, died. According to the official version, he died while planting a fougasse in the center of Nazran. After this case Zurab Tseloev must have been registered at police as an unreliable. Relatives still do not know the reasons why Zurab had been detained.

On November 1, 2010 in the city of Moscow in unexplained circumstances Ingushetia resident Alikhan Umarbekovich Ortskhanov, born in 1984, disappeared.

Two weeks ago he came to the capital and got a job in a private security firm, worked on the facility with construction technique (Shirokaya str., 19, bld. 1, bld. 1). He lived there temporarily. The last time when the relatives contacted him by phone he was in the facility. When work superintendent left for dinner he saw Alikhan. After that Ortskhanov disappeared.

Around 3 p.m. Alikhan’s mobile phone was switched off. After that he did not contact anyone. As for November 2, the relatives did not know anything about the whereabouts of Ortskhanov.

On November 2, Alikhan’s brother Bekhan Ortskhanov addressed HRC Memorial with written applications. He says that Alikhan never had problems with law enforcement authorities but in October 2010 his familiar Aliskhan Kuzikov was killed by FSB officers during the special operation in the village of Surkhakhi of Nazran district in Ingushetia. The disappearance of Alikhan Ortskhanov might be related to this event somehow. Bekhan Ortskhanov asks to help find his brother.

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