Cases 1 - 20 of 390

Mezhiyeva v. Russia, (44297/06)

Judgement date: 04/16/2015
Communicated: 04/07/2009
Lodged: 09/15/2006
Date of violations: 03/06/2001
Location: Chechnya, Grozny
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Death due to negligence

On 6 March 2001 Mauda Mezhiyev was driving his bus in Grozny. His wife Kisa Mezhiyeva also worked on the bus. The bus passed the military check point at the bridge over Sunzha and started driving forward when there was a powerful explosion under its left front wheel. Mauda and Kisa as well as several passengers were injured. The servicemen at the checkpoint did not let anyone approach the bus. When an ambulance tried to get through the servicemen started firing shots in the air. The injured had to be carried from the bus to the ambulance. In the time that elapsed, Mauda lost a lot of blood and he died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

 

Ireziyevy v. Russia, (21135/09)

Judgement date: 04/02/2015
Communicated: 11/21/2011
Lodged: 03/16/2009
Date of violations: 05/07/2002
Location: Chechnya, Avtury
Representative: D. Itslayev
Violation: Disappearance

On 7 May 2002 at around 4 a.m. masked and camouflaged servicemen with machineguns and rubber truncheons arrived in two APCs and a UAZ car in the village of Avtury. They split in two groups of up to ten and broke into the two houses. The servicemen spoke unaccented Russian. They took Aslan Ireziyev and Khaseyn Suleymanov to the backyard, locking the remaining family members inside. Having checked Aslan’s and Khaseyn’s passports, the servicemen pulled sacks over their heads and put them in one of the APCs. At dawn the applicants, together with the head of the Avtury administration, followed the tracks left by the vehicles. They found that one of the APCs had entered the premises of the Avtury collective farm (совхоз Автуринский), where a Russian military base was located, and the other one had headed for Shali. The servicemen and the head of the Shali administration denied having seen the vehicles. On 13 May 2002 Mr Salambek Bisultanov, the deputy head of the Shali district department of fight against organised crime, informed the applicants that Aslan and Khaseyn had been brought to the Main Federal Military Base in Khankala, and promised to arrange their release at 5 p.m. in Argun. At the specified time four camouflaged servicemen brought Khaseyn in a UAZ car. They promised to set Aslan free on the following day, which did not happen. Later Mr Bisultanov told the applicants that they had not managed to obtain Aslan’s release. According to Khaseyn, after the arrest the servicemen took him and Aslan to the Avtury collective farm. There they were put in a UAZ car, handed over to other servicemen and driven away, passing through several roadblocks. At a certain point the servicemen stopped and placed Aslan and Khaseyn in a cellar. The servicemen introduced themselves as officers of the Special Task Police Unit (the OMON) of St Petersburg. They questioned Aslan and Khaseyn about involvement in rebel groups and beat them up. The applicants have not seen Mr Aslan Ireziyev since his abduction on 7 May 2002.

 

Gambulatova v. Russia, (11237/10)

Judgement date: 03/26/2015
Communicated: 06/16/2011
Lodged: 02/22/2010
Date of violations: 06/28/2001
Location: Chechnya
Representative: D. Itslayev
Violation: Disappearance

On 28 June 2001 Vakhit Gambulatov and his fellow villager Ramzan Salamov were arrested by the Russian servicemen at the checkpoint located between villages of Centoroy and Bachi-Yurt, Chechnya. They were taken in an APC to the military commander's office of the Kurchaloy district. The duty military officers confirmed that Vakhit had been detained there. The mother of Vakhit had been bringing food and clean clothes for him for 15 days. Then she was told by the that Vakhit had been moved to other place of detention. The applicant's son has not been seen or heard of  since that. The investigation into his disappearance has not been meaningful.  

 

Zhebrailova and Others v. Russia, (40166/07)

Judgement date: 03/26/2015
Communicated: 09/02/2009
Lodged: 09/11/2007
Date of violations: 04/25/2005
Location: Chechnya, Village of Gekhi
Representative: EHRAC/Memorial
Violation: Disappearance
Ill-treatment

At about midnight on the night between 25 and 26 April 2005 a group of servicemen burst into the home of the Zhebrailov family in the village of Gekhi. They violently apprehended Balavdi Zhebrailov and his brother Salavdi, put them in an UAZ vehicle and drove off. The servicemen continued to beat up the brothers inside the car. The car eventually stopped and they were taken to separate cells in a basement where the beating continued. Later on that night, the brothers were transported to the premises of the 2nd regiment of the road police of the Ministry of the Interior of the Chechen Republic. At some point the car stopped and Salavdi was thrown outside. He returned home in the morning. Balavdi is missing since.

 

Albakova v. Russia, (69842/10)

Judgement date: 01/15/2015
Lodged: 11/17/2010
Location: Ingushetia
Representative: EHRAC/Memorial

On 10 July 2009 Ms Albakova’s son was allegedly taken from the family home by a group of armed men, speaking Russian, Chechen and Ingush following a passport check of all the family members present. Eleven days later Ms Albakova discovered on the internet that her son had been shot dead by Russian servicemen during a counter-terrorist operation in a forest close to Arshty, a village in the Ingushetiya Republic. Her son’s body was subsequently returned to her with multiple injuries, including gunshot and stab wounds, fractured bones, burns, bruises and a partially severed arm. An initial inquiry was conducted and then, in August 2009, an official criminal investigation was officially opened, which eventually concluded in May 2012 that Batyr Albakov, a member of an illegal armed group, had died in an exchange of gunfire with a Russian military unit

 

Minayevy v. Russia, (70695/10)

Judgement date: 01/15/2015
Communicated: 09/07/2011
Lodged: 11/10/2010
Date of violations: 09/05/2002
Location: Chechnya, Urus-Martan
Representative: D. Itslayev
Violation: Disappearance

In September 2002 Urus-Martan was under curfew and surrounded by Russian military checkpoints. A number of law-enforcement and administrative authorities, including a military commander’s office, were situated in the town. On 5 September 2002 between 2 and 3 a.m. an APC and two URAL lorries arrived at the applicants’ block of flats. A group of up to forty servicemen in masks and camouflage uniforms got out of the vehicles. Up to fifteen of them stormed into the applicants’ flat. They spoke unaccented Russian. After locking Mr Mayrbek’s father in the kitchen and threatening his brother with a machinegun, the servicemen checked the identity documents of the other family members. Then searched Mayrbek, asked for his passport and told the relatives that they were taking him to the military commander’s office. Through the windows the applicants saw the servicemen beating Mayrbek while dragging him, with a plastic bag over his head, to Lenina Street, where they forced him in one of the vehicles and drove away. On the same morning the 1st applicant went to the Urus-Martan district prosecutor’s office and the district department of the interior (the ROVD) to report the abduction. Mayrbek’s parents contacted the local and the district administration. The applicants have not seen Mr Mayrbek Minayev since his abduction on 5 September 2002.

 

Kisa Dzhabrailova and Others v. Russia, (68860/10)

Judgement date: 01/15/2015
Communicated: 09/07/2011
Lodged: 10/28/2010
Date of violations: 11/05/2002
Location: Chechnya, Achkhoy-Martan
Representative: MATERI CHECHNI
Violation: Disappearance

On 5 November 2002 between 5 and 6 a.m. a group of armed servicemen in camouflage uniforms broke into the applicants’ house in Achkhoy-Martan. Those who were unmasked were of Slavic appearance. They spoke Russian. The servicemen locked the 1st applicant, her husband and kids in a room. Then, after searching the house, they dragged Mr Ibragim Dzhabrailov outside in his underwear, put him in an APC and drove away. The APC was accompanied by a UAZ “tabletka” minivan and a URAL lorry. Later in the morning the applicants informed about the abduction the Achkhoy-Martan district military commander’s office, the local administration and the police. The military commander’s office acknowledged that they had detained Ibragim and promised to release him later on the same day. However, the applicants’ relative was not released. At some point later the applicants were told that Ibragim had been taken away by servicemen from Grozny. The applicants have not seen Mr Ibragim Dzhabrailov since his abduction on 5 November 2002.

 

Dadayeva v. Russia, (67305/10)

Judgement date: 01/15/2015
Communicated: 09/07/2011
Lodged: 11/08/2010
Date of violations: 09/24/2001
Location: Chechnya, the settlement of Alkhazurovo
Representative: No representative
Violation: Disappearance

On 24 September 2001 armed servicemen of the federal forces carried out a special operation in Alkhazurovo. At around 4 a.m. a group of servicemen broke into the Shavanovs’ family house, beat family members, including the applicant, and took away Mr Mayrbek Shavanov and Mr Aslambek Shavanov. The intruders used a UAZ car and a URAL lorry belonging to the local police station and two KAMAZ lorries. At some point Mr G.A. Gadzhiyev, an officer of the Urus-Martan district military commander’s office unofficially acknowledged that the missing brothers were being held at the district FSB office situated on the 3rd floor of the military commander’s office. The applicant has not seen Mayrbek and Aslambek Shavanov since their abduction on 24 September 2001.

 

Khadzhiyeva and others v. Russia, (4386/10)

Judgement date: 01/15/2015
Communicated: 09/07/2011
Lodged: 12/31/2009
Date of violations: 10/30/2001
Location: Chechnya, Goyty
Representative: D. Itslayev
Violation: Disappearance

On 30 October 2001 the town of Goyty was under curfew. At around 4 a.m. a group of ten masked and armed servicemen in camouflage uniforms and bullet-proof vests broke into the applicants’ house. The servicemen, who spoke unaccented Russian, had arrived in two APCs, a URAL and two UAZ cars. They handcuffed Mr Khasan Khadzhiyev, checked his documents, took him into one of UAZ cars and drove away in the direction of Urus-Martan. On the same night at around 4 a.m. the servicemen broke into a neighbouring house. They checked the documents of Mr Khusseyn Magomadov, but did not take him away. In about seven days after the abduction the 1st applicant was informed that her brother was detained at the Urus-Martan district military commander’s office and that he would be released after a check. The applicants have not seen Mr Khasan Khadzhiyev since his abduction on 30 October 2001.

 

Malika Yusupova v. Russia, (14705/09)

Judgement date: 01/15/2015
Communicated: 06/16/2011
Lodged: 03/03/2009
Date of violations: 03/23/2002
Location: Chechnya
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 23 March 2002 Arbi and Ilman Yusupovy were driving over Gudermes city, Chechnya, when their car was stopped by the Russian servicemen.  The brothers were forced to take a seat in an APC, their heads were put by  the sacks on  and they were taken to the checkpoint and then transferred to an unknown place. The brothers were detained in a basement and questioned about members of illegal armed groups. Ilman Yusupov was released in 5 days, but Arbi Yusupov disappeared. The investigation on this fact has no result.

 

Kaimova and Others v. Russia, (24132/12)

Communicated: 12/03/2014
Lodged: 04/11/2012
Date of violations: 07/01/2010
Location: Chechnya
Representative: SRJI

Mr M. Kaimov, having been diagnosed with tuberculosis, started receiving anti-bacterial treatment. On 23 September 2006 Mr M. Kaimov was arrested and, by the final judgment of the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic, on 28 October 2008 he was found guilty of several counts of criminal offences and sentenced to six years and six months of imprisonment. On 1 July 2010 Mr M. Kaimov died. On the following day the authorities issued the death certificate. It did not indicate the cause of death.

 

Kushtova & Others v. Russia, (60806/08)

Communicated: 10/20/2014
Lodged: 01/15/2008
Date of violations: 01/25/2006
Location: Ingushetia
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 25 January 2006 Ibragim Kushtov disappeared. The applicants considered that he had been abducted by State agents. The applicants complain under Article 2 of the Convention that the State failed to protect life and secure an investigation into the forced disappearance of Ibragim Kushtov. The applicants complain that, as a result of Ibragim Kushtov’s disappearance, they endured mental suffering which amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment proscribed by Article 3 of the Convention.

 

Cholayevy v. Russia, (24744/11)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 11/21/2011
Lodged: 03/17/2011
Date of violations: 10/12/2001
Location: Chechnya, Argun
Representative: MATERI CHECHNI
Violation: Disappearance

On 12 October 2001 at around 7.30 a.m. a group of masked servicemen in camouflage uniforms, armed with machineguns, stormed into the applicants’ house in Argun. They woke up Mr Timerlan Cholayev, handcuffed him and took him outside. There they put him in one of their two APCs without registration numbers and departed to an unknown destination. On the same day an officer of the Argun district military commander’s office acknowledged that Timerlan had been arrested by their forces and then taken to the Main Federal Military Base in Khankala. The applicants have not seen Mr Timerlan Cholayev since his abduction on 12 October 2001.

 

Salamov and Others v. Russia, (64266/11)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 02/06/2012
Lodged: 09/15/2011
Date of violations: 11/12/2002
Location: Chechnya, Katyr-Yurt
Representative: MATERI CHECHNI
Violation: Disappearance

At the material time Katyr-Yurt was under curfew. At about 4 a.m. on 12 November 2002 a group of armed servicemen in camouflage uniforms and masks arrived at the applicants’ house in two APCs and a VAZ car. They broke into the house, quickly searched it, took Usman Salamov outside, forced him in one of the APCs and drove away. The applicants have not seen their son since his abduction on 12 November 2002.

 

Idigov v. Russia, (424/08)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 01/07/2010
Lodged: 10/26/2007
Date of violations: 05/04/2003
Location: Chechnya, Village of Shalazhi
Representative: No representative
Violation: Disappearance

Around 2 a.m. on 4 May 2003 several armed servicemen broke into the family home of Anzor Idigov. The soldiers grabbed Anzor from his bed, who was undressed and barefoot, covered his mouth with adhesive tape, took him outside. He was driven off in an unknown direction. His family has not seen him since. The official investigation into his disappearance failed to produce any tangible results.

 

Dzayanu Amerkhanova v. Russia, (4560/08)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 02/01/2010
Lodged: 12/24/2007
Date of violations: 11/03/2002
Location: Chechnya, Grozny
Representative: EHRAC/Memorial
Violation: Disappearance

From December 1999 onwards the village of Shalazhi was under the effective control of the Russian military forces. At around 8 p.m. on 3 November 2002 Rustam Amerkhanov left to visit his friend A., who was living nearby. Rustam's mother, Dzayanu Amerkhanova waited for her son to return home all that night, but by the the morning of 4 November 2002  he had not come home. Immediately after his disappearance, she began searching for her son and visited the commander of the district unit of the special forces of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation (OMON). The commander confirmed that his unit had arrested Rustam and that he had transferred him to the second OMON unit. The head of the second OMON unit claimed that Rustam had been released in the morning of 4 November 2002. Mrs. Dzayanu Amerkhanova never saw her son again. The investigation into the disappearance of Rustam Amerkhanov has been pending since 2002.

 

Sultygov and Others v. Russia, (42575/07)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 09/02/2009
Lodged: 09/17/2007
Date of violations: 04/08/2000
Location: Chechnya, Khankala
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance
Ill-treatment

In the morning on 4 August 2000, Alikhan Sultygov, Visadi Samrailov and Mr. U were stopped by Russian federal forces at roadblock no. 7 in Grozny. The three men were subsequently blindfolded and transported to the federal military base of Khankala.  In Khankala, they were forced to stay in an open pit with stones and broken glass on the ground. The servicemen threw stones at them and did not give them any food. On 5 August, the servicemen led Alikhan Sultygov away. Two days later, they took Visadi Samrailov away while releasing Mr. U. Visadi and Alikhan have been missing since. The investigation later established that the men had been detained at Khankala but yet failed to produce any results.

 

Dubayevy v. Rusia, (3222/11)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 06/16/2011
Lodged: 12/20/2010
Date of violations: 11/20/2002
Location: Chechnya
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 20 November 2002 Sharpudy Dubayev and four other men were driving in a car VAZ-2106 when they had been stopped by a group of servicemen of 34th brigada of the military forces near the village of Berkar-Yurt, Chechnya. The servicemen asked for passports of all car passengers, dragged out  them from the vehicle, forced them in a APC and took to the area of an unknown military base. Sharpudy were detained with Ruslan Agayev in the same cell. According to the latter, both of them were tortured by servicemen during questionings. On 23 November 2002 all of the arrested men except  Sharpudy  were driven to an unidentified place and then released. Sharpudy Dubayev got lost since that. The investigation on his disappearance has not given any results.

 

Isayeva and Isayeva v. Russia, (311/08)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 01/14/2010
Lodged: 12/06/2007
Date of violations: 02/03/2000
Location: Chechnya, Village of Valerik
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 3 February 2000 federal forces conducted a sweep operation in the village of Valerik. That morning a large number of servicemen arrived in three APCs
at the residence of the Isayev family. They searched the house and checked identity documents. When Nurdi Isayev ran outside, the servicemen opened fire at him. Nurdi's mother,  Zeina Isayeva, saw Nurdi fall to the ground and fainted from shock. When she regained consciousness, Nurdi was nowhere to be found. His relatives began searching for him and were told that he had been detained by the Western Zone Alignment in Chechnya, headed by General Shamanov. Nurdi has been missing since. An investigation was opened into the disappearance but has not produced meaningful results.

 

Shakhbiyeva and Others v. Russia, (62220/10)

Judgement date: 10/09/2014
Communicated: 11/21/2011
Lodged: 10/11/2009
Date of violations: 09/04/2000
Location: Chechnya, Tsotsi-Yurt
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 4 September 2000 Russian servicemen launched a sweeping-up operation in the settlement of Tsotsi-Yurt (also referred to as Oktyabrskoe). The settlement was surrounded by servicemen riding URAL lorries and UAZ cars. Helicopters were flying over the area. The applicants resided in a family house together with Ezir-Ali, Abzu and Said-Magomed. A certain Nikhit (also referred to as Mr Ochayev) was staying at their place. At around 5 a.m. an APC and several UAZ cars and URAL lorries arrived at the applicants’ house. A group of twenty-five to thirty masked and camouflaged servicemen broke inside. They blindfolded Ezir-Ali, Abzu, Said-Magomed and Nikhit with torn sheets and took them outside. The servicemen put Ezir-Ali in his own VAZ-2106 car and the other three men in a URAL lorry and drove away. It appears that at least four other men were arrested in Tsotsi-Yurt that morning, including Khizir Agamerzayev (also referred to as Agmurzayev). A URAL lorry had driven him to the centre of the settlement. Several days later the applicants learnt from anonymous sources that Ezir-Ali, Abzu, Said-Magomed, Nikhit and Khizir had been taken to the Main Federal Military Base in Khankala. On 13 September 2000 Nikhit and Khizir and three other Tsotsi-Yurt residents were released at a crossroad on the Rostov-Baku road in the vicinity of Mesker-Yurt, where they had been brought in an APC. According to Khizir, after the arrest he, Ezir-Ali, Abzu, Said-Magomed and Nikhit were put in separate cells in a basement. Khizir was beaten up and questioned about a certain Yakub from Tsotsi-Yurt, the Barayevs and the Akhmadovs, allegedly members of illegal armed groups. On 12 September 2000 in the morning Khizir had seen that servicemen had taken Ezir-Ali, Abzu and Said-Magomed outside and put them in military vehicles. The applicants have not seen their three relatives since their abduction on 4 September 2000.

 
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