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Returning Refugees Evicted from Accommodation Centers

Submitted by on Tuesday, 18 January 2011.    839 views No Comment
Returning Refugees Evicted from Accommodation Centers

Human Rights Center “Memorial” has reported that the puppet regime in the Russian occupied Chechen Republic of Ichkeria have begun to evict returning Chechen refugees from accommodation centers, on the order of Ramzan Kadyrov.

On Friday, January 14, 2011, at 07:00pm, a group of armed Kadyrovites entered an accommodation center at 119 Mayakovskya Street in the capital Grozny and ordered the inhabitants to leave their rooms. This accommodation center had been built for returning Chechen refugees. However, the accommodation buildings, such as the one on Mayakoyskya Street were handed over to the Russian Federation Migration Service to create new quarters.

At the moment, more than 100 families live in the quarters on Mayakovskya Street. Out of these, 96 were not registered there, as would have been usual in other regions of Chechnya, but instead were still registered at their old residences in rural areas. These families now have become the victims of eviction, the inhabitants claim.

Furthermore, the people said that in the beginning, Grozny’s deputy prefect from the puppet regime came to them and said that it was inevitable that they would have to leave. When the inhabitants tried to protest, the armed Kadyrovites arrived and forced them to sign papers which stated that they decided to leave their assigned homes on their own will.

A deadline was set for January 18. If the inhabitants do not leave their homes by then, puppet officials threatened to use force on them. Whenever they tried to argue with the puppet officials and Kadyrovites carrying out the eviction, they replied that they were following an order from Ramzan Kadyrov, ringleader of the puppet regime in Chechnya.

Some furniture and other things had already been carried out to the street. Starting on Saturday morning, a certain number of inhabitants were evicted every day. People were scared and did not know where to go. The quarters are mostly inhabited by poor families with young children, some of them who are disabled. Their homes have been destroyed since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

Today was the deadline for eviction, but it was said that the eviction has been suspended for a temporary time. However, two families, who already spent two days on the street, were not given back the keys to their rooms, yet: Malika Umarova and Magomed Saydaliev couple with their four children and single mother Makka Alieva with her sick five year old child.

*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco

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