Abductions and Extrajudicial Punishments Continue
Russian state terrorism against the Chechen and Ingush people has not ceased. Recently, a civilian was abducted, another one was killed and a missing man was found in prison.
On the night of November 9th, a resident of the Achkoi-Martan district of Chechnya was abducted by gangsters from the puppet regime. 24-year old Khadzhimurat Akhtokhanov was stopped on the “Kavkaz Highway” at the intersection of Samashki and Achkoi-Martan, by a group of Kadyrovites. He was forcibly taken from the car and driven away in an unknown direction. Relatives of the hostage are trying to find his whereabouts and have appealed for help from human rights organizations. His fate is still unknown.
On November 9th, a corpse was found in city of Malgobek, Ingushetia. It was learned that the body, with head injuries, is of 45-year old local resident, Musa Belkharoev.
According to the Human Rights Center “Memorial”, Alikhan Umarbekovich Ortskhanov, an Ingush youth who disappeared on November 1st in Moscow, was found in Lefertovo prison (Lefortovskaya Tyurma) in Moscow.
Bekhan Ortskhanov, Alikhan’s brother, went to Moscow immediately to investigate the unexplained disappearance of his brother. He appealed to of all the hospitals, morgues and police stations, but he could not find any trace of him. On the evening of November 8th, someone who introduced himself as a FSB investigator, told Bekhan, “Your brother asked us to call you and notify you about his arrest”.
On November 9th, Bekhan met with the investigator. He said that Alikhan Ortskhanov was a suspect in a criminal case under Article 208 part 2 (participation in an illegal armed formation) and Article 222 part 3 (trafficking weapons by an organized group) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. He was accused of committing crimes in the territories of Ingushetia and North Ossetia.
Alikhan has been missing since November 1st, but the investigator claimed that Alikhan was arrested on November 3rd. They have provided him with a pro-bono lawyer and say that Alikhan confessed to everything. Responding to a question by Bekhan about why they did not inform his family about the detention of Alikhan immediately, an FSB officer responded that it is all about the “interests of the investigation”.
*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco