Daughter and Son-in-Law of Djokhar Dudayev Face Extradition
Dana Dudayeva, daughter of Djokhar Dudayev, the first President of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, his husband Massoud Dudayev and their two children are now facing extradition to Russia.
According to website of the Honorary Consulate of ChRI in Turkey, Dudayev family is searching asylum in Great Britain, however the British Home Office refused their political asylum request. Related with this decision, on June 12, 2015, a British court in London also confirmed the Home Office’s decision.
Massoud Dudayev and his wife Dana Dudayeva left Chechnya shortly after the beginning of Second Russian military aggression in the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in August 1999; first they went to Azerbaijan, then Lithuania and finally they moved to Istanbul, Turkey where they lived until June 2010. Massoud Dudayev’s close relation with Akhmed Zakayev, Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, his aid to the Chechen National Liberation Movement against the Russian invaders in Chechnya put him into target; in this reason Turkish authorities asked him to leave the territory of Turkey, so Dudayev family moved to Sweden. All family asked political asylum, but Swedish authorities refused to grant them refugee status. Thus, Dudayevs send their 2 teenager children to Germany; and in March 2013 they took their other 2 children and entered into Great Britain by a truck as hiding behind of it. Since then, Dudayev family live in the house of Akhmed Zakayev in London.
During the trial, Prof. Bill Bowring from the London University Birkbeck College’s Law Faculty, stated that extradition of Dudayev family to Russia is a real danger for their lives, in this reason it must be grant asylum for them. Additionaly, family’s lawyer in Sweden Anders Sandqvist wrote that in case of their extradition to Sweden, it will change nothing, but Dudayev family will be extradited directly to Russia. However, the British court decided to refuse asylum request.
Now, Massoud Dudayev and his family are going to appeal London High Court, however, they may be deported anytime.