Human Rights Activists Detained and Released in Chechnya
According to Human Rights Center Memorial, on February 7, 2010, three human rights activists who give legal help to relatives of abducted and missing people were detained in Chechnya and 15 hours after around 10:30 a.m today they were released.
On February 7, 2010, around 7 p.m. in the Shali town of Chechnya three Russian human rights activists – Dmitry Egoshin (civil organization Man and law, Yoshkar-Ola, Expert Council under the Russian Ombudsman), Roman Veretennikov (Mothers for the rights of the detained, people under investigation and the convicted, Krasnodar) and Vladislav Sadykov (Bashkir department of the Committee against tortures) – were detained. Magomed Daudov, head of the puppet regime’s gang members in Shali district, where the human rights activists were taken, participated personally in the detention.
The detained human rights activists are the lawyers of the combined mobile group of Russian civil organizations (SMG), that acts in the territory of Chechnya since November 2009 and investigates residents’ applications regarding tortures, abductions and murders that happen in the region. Human rights activists were detained during a meeting with an unknown Chechen resident who promised to give some valuable information about one of the abducted residents of Shali district. During the meeting Veretennikov and Sadykov were detained and taken to the main base of the puppet regime’s mobsters in Shali district. While detaining SMG members, mobsters of puppet regime searched them. They also examined their car from which took an audio-video recorder; the device was damaged. In an hour and a half the third participant of the meeting – Dmitry Egoshin – was detained by the gang members of pro-Russian forces for Road Patrol Service.
The detained were taken to different rooms of the national traitors’ main base in Shali where they were held for 15 hours. In the morning the gang members of puppet Kadirov tried to get from the detained the receipts that they did not have any reason for complaint.
Memorial reported that the illegal detention of Sadykov, Egoshin and Veretennikov without completing any formalities will be appealed against soon.
However, Russian state information agency “RIA Novosti” with reference to puppet regime in Chechnya claimed that the human rights activists were taken to the district police department in the network of checking the appeal of Shali resident who had said that three unknown people had come to her and asked to write a slanderous application regarding some policemen.