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AUSHEVY v. RUSSIA, (44279/10)

  • Communicated:  04/01/2014
  • Date:  06/17/2007
  • Location:  Ingushetia, the village of Surkhakhi
  • Lodged:  07/27/2010
  • Representative:  EHRAC/Memorial
  • Violation:  torture

Magomed Osmanovich Aushev and Magomed Maksharipovich Aushev complain under Article 3, 5 and 13 of the Convention that they were abducted, unlawfully detained and ill-treated by law-enforcements authorities and that the investigations into their allegations of ill-treatment and unlawful detention were ineffective.


Tamayev v. Russia, (54728/09)

  • Communicated:  01/09/2012
  • Date:  01/06/2001
  • Judgement date:  02/27/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, the settlement of Roshni-Chu
  • Lodged:  09/11/2009
  • Representative:  Suleyman Visengereyev
  • Violation:  Disappearance

At the material time Mr Akhdan Tamayev lived together with his family and the applicant in the settlement of Roshni-Chu. The settlement was under curfew. According to enclosed documents, on 4-6 January 2001 Russian servicemen conducted a sweeping-up operation in Roshni-Chu. The operation’s head office was stationed on the outskirts. On 6 January 2001 at around 9 a.m. the applicant went to the local administration, taking Akhdan’s passport with him. A group of servicemen arrived at the applicant’s house and took Akhdan with them because he failed to show his passport. They put him in a GAZ-66 lorry and drove to the outskirts of Roshni-Chu. Akhdan’s wife, who witnessed the abduction, ran to the local administration, where she met the applicant and told him about the events. When the applicant returned home, Akhdan was not there. The house was surrounded by servicemen armed with machineguns, accompanied by the head of the administration, Mr Mamatsuyev. A serviceman took Akhdan’s passport and confirmed to the applicant that his soon would soon be released. Shortly thereafter Mr G.A. Gadzhiyev, the military commander for the Urus-Martan district, and Mr Z.K. Kuryayev, the head of the Urus-Martan ROVD, arrived at the spot. They informed the applicant that Akhdan would be taken to the ROVD for an identity check and released. On the same day the servicemen arrested two other residents, the brothers Muslim and Alikhan Movkayev. After their release that evening, the brothers informed the applicant that Akhdan had been arrested with them. The servicemen had taken the three of them to the outskirts of town in the GAZ lorry, kept them there until 5 p.m. and then took them to the ROVD. At around 6 p.m. Muslim and Alikhan had been released, whereas Akhdan had remained at the police station. On 7 January 2001 Mr Mamatsuyev told the applicant that he had gone to the ROVD, where he had been promised that Akhdan would be released at 10 a.m. on the same day. However, the applicant’s son was not released. On 5 February 2001 the applicant went to the police station. An officer informed him that Akhdan’s detention there had been registered and that he had been transferred to the premises of an FSB department. The applicant has not seen Mr Akhdan Tamayev since his abduction on 6 January 2001.

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Vakhita Ibragimov and others v. Russia, (25511/10)

  • Communicated:  01/09/2012
  • Date:  01/17/2003
  • Judgement date:  02/27/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Shali
  • Lodged:  04/28/2010
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

At the material time Mr Islam Ibragimov and Mr Apti Sadulayev resided in two neighbouring houses in Shali with the applicants and their respective families. On 17 January 2003 at 4 a.m. a group of armed and masked servicemen arrived at the applicants’ homes in seven APCs with obscured plates. They burst into the two houses, ordered everyone to lie down on the floor in unaccented Russian and checked the identity documents of Isman, Apti and the first applicant. Then the servicemen took them outside, along with the second applicant and Mr Rashid Sadulayev, Apti’s cousin, forced them into an APC, pulling their T-shirts over their heads, and drove away. A package dropped off from an CAP. One of the servicemen told the third applicant to look for their relatives at the ROVD. At first, Islam, the first and the second applicants were placed in the same APC with Apti and Rashid. After about twenty-five minutes the servicemen pulled over, took the arrested men outside, made them lie down on the ground, then put them back in the APC, save for Ilyas, who was put in another APC, and continued to drive. The servicemen drove Ilyas to Tsotsan-Yurt and released him. As to the other four arrested men, their APC pulled over again and the men were put on the ground, asked to say their names and then placed in a wagon. Forty minutes later the servicemen put Rashid and the first applicant in a URAL lorry and drove away. After about thirty minutes the two men arrived at a garage-like building where they were kept until 18 January 2003. According to the applicants, the two men must have been detained in a windmill in Staryie Atagi, which was used as a filtering point by Russian servicemen (see Arzu Akhmadova and Others v. Russia, no. 13670/03, § 195, 8 January 2009). After that, the men were taken in an APC to the vicinity of the town of Argun and released. In the days following the abduction, the applicants, their relatives and neighbours contacted various authorities. In particular, while in Khankala, Mr Khasin Abkayev met Generals Said-Selim Tsuyev and Ibragim Suleymanov, who promised their assistance, and Generals Abrashin and Pospelov, who said that the matter was not in their competence. Furthermore, Mr Bachal Baysuyev talked to Akhmed-Khadzhi Kadyrov and to General Makarov, both of whom promised to help to solve the matter within a week but failed to do so. According to them, a criminal investigation had been opened against Islam and Apti and the latter was being questioned by the prosecuting authorities. Mr Fedorov, the Shali military commander, confirmed this on local TV, adding that Islam and Apti were safe and sound. The applicants did not manage to obtain a copy of the TV programme. The applicants have not seen Mr Islam Ibragimov and Mr Apti Sadulayev since their abduction on 17 January 2003.

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Anayeva and Elmurzayeva v. Russia, (32791/10)

  • Communicated:  01/09/2012
  • Date:  04/21/2002
  • Judgement date:  02/27/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Starye Atagi
  • Lodged:  06/02/2010
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

At the material time the applicants resided in Stariye Atagi together with their family, including Ziyavdi and Zayndi, the first applicant’s husband. On 21 April 2002 at around 7.30 a.m. a group of about fifty or sixty armed servicemen in camouflage uniforms arrived at the applicants’ house in APC no. 422 BB (422 ВВ) and two armoured infantry combat vehicles nos. 344 and 346. They were of Slavic appearance and spoke unaccented Russian. The servicemen broke into the house, arrested Ziyavdi and Zayndi, dragged them outside, put them in the APC and departed towards the outskirts of Stariye Atagi. In about a hundred metres, they had to let Zayndi go as he was having a stroke. Then the servicemen continued driving until they arrived at a windmill on the outskirts of Stariye Atagi where a Russian military unit was stationed. The applicants, their relatives and neighbours followed the intruders. When they approached the windmill, they saw the three abductors’ vehicles parked on the premises of the military unit. The visitors attracted the servicemen’s attention to this fact and the latter obscured the plates with mud. The deputy head of the Stariye Atagi administration was not allowed to enter the premises. At around 3 p.m. on the same day servicemen left the military unit in two APCs, one of which had registration no. 422 BB, a white VAZ-2106 car and a khaki UAZ “tabletka” minivan with blackened windows. They drove in the direction of Grozny. The applicants have not seen Mr Ziyavdi Elmurzayev since his abduction on 21 April 2002.

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Z v. Russia, (39436/06)

  • Communicated:  04/17/2009
  • Date:  12/28/2004
  • Judgement date:  01/30/2014
  • Location:  North Ossetia, Vladikavkaz
  • Lodged:  09/14/2006
  • Representative:  EHRAC/Memorial
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 28 December 2004 at about 3 p.m. Zhamalayl Yanayev was boarding the flight Vladikavkaz- Moscow at the Beslan airport, North Ossetia. He passed check-in and security controls, and was waiting for the plane in the departure zone. At that time a group of armed men, identifying themselves as servicemen of the Federal Security Services (FSB) and the Regional Department on Fight with Organized Crime (RUBOP), entered the departure zone. They handcuffed Zhamalayl and left with him through a service exit. Zhamalayl has been missing since.

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Khatuyeva v. Russia, (40169/07)

  • Communicated:  09/02/2009
  • Date:  12/28/2004
  • Judgement date:  01/30/2014
  • Location:  North Ossetia, Beslan
  • Lodged:  09/11/2007
  • Representative:  EHRAC/Memorial
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 28 December 2004 Zhamalayla Yanayev was supposed to take the flight Beslan-Moscow and checked in at Beslan airport. Before the flight took off several servicemen, identifying themselves as officers of the regional Directorate for Combating Organised Crime of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation by showing their service certificates, entered the secure airport premises. The servicemen arrested Yanayev and left the airport with him. Yanayev has been missing since.

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Esuyev v. Russia, (15695/11)

  • Communicated:  11/21/2011
  • Date:  01/11/2003
  • Judgement date:  01/30/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, the settlement of Verkhniy Gerzel
  • Lodged:  02/07/2011
  • Representative:  No representative
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 11 January 2003 at around 4 a.m. a group of masked servicemen in camouflage uniforms armed with machineguns arrived in at the applicant’s house in three UAZ cars, a white VOLGA car and a GAZEL minivan. Some of them spoke unaccented Russian, while the others had a Chechen accent. The intruders broke inside, beat up the family members, including Mansur, and drove him away in an unknown direction. The applicant subsequently learnt that Mansur had been taken to the Novogroznenskiy police station (the ROVD), then to the sixth department of the Gudermes ROVD and after that to Khankala. The applicant has not seen Mr Mansur Esuyev since his abduction on 11 January 2003.

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Batariyeva v. Russia, (63535/10)

  • Communicated:  11/21/2011
  • Date:  04/04/2005
  • Judgement date:  01/30/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya
  • Lodged:  10/28/2010
  • Representative:  D. Itslayev
  • Violation:  Disappearance

In 2001 Mr Zelimkhan Batariyev studied and rented a flat in Grozny. According to the documents submitted, on the night of 4 May 2001 Russian servicemen conducted a special operation to arrest a certain one-handed Mr Taysumov. The latter resided in the same block of flats as Zelimkhan. A number of armed servicemen in camouflage uniforms cordoned off the neighbourhood in their APCs and UAZ cars. They arrested Mr Taysumov and a number of his relatives as well as Zelimkhan and two to five other young men who rented flats in the building. Some of the arrested were Wahhabis, radical Chechen rebels. On 6 May 2001 brothers Bislan and Turpal Sadayev, who had been arrested on 4 May 2001 at the Grozny central market and later released, contacted the applicant. They told her that the servicemen had taken them, together with Zelimkhan, to the Main Federal Military Base in Khankala. The servicemen had beaten them up and suggested that Zelimkhan’s relatives exchanged him for a ransom. Subsequently, one of the Sadayev brothers went missing and the other left Russia. In June 2001 the applicant spoke to Mr Khamzat Israpilov, who had been detained with Zelimkhan in Khankala. The two of them had spent 16 days in a pit at the military base. Servicemen had repeatedly subjected them to beatings, coercing them to confess to illegal armed activities. Most of the time the detainees had been blindfolded, their hands tied and they had been allowed to speak only at night. In 2003 Khamzat died in an accident. According to anonymous witnesses, Zelimkhan remained in Khankala at least until 20 May 2001. In July 2001 the applicant met Ms Tumisha Zaurbekova, whose son, Mr Isa Zaurbekov, had been detained in Chernokozovo with Zelimkhan until October 2001. The applicant tried to confirm this information with the prison’s guard Mr Ruslan Elzhurkayev; but the latter denied that Zelimkhan’s had been detained there. In July 2010 the applicant visited Ms Zina Dashayeva, who had been arrested on the same day with Zelimkhan (see above). Zina recalled that she had heard servicemen exchanging in unaccented Russian before taking Zelimkhan away: “This guy is clean, we might have problems” - “We don’t need live witnesses”. The servicemen had driven Zina and her sister Zaira to a building in Grozny in a UAZ car. She had recognised Zelimkhan among the detainees. He had been lying on the floor and looked as if he had been beaten up. The applicant has not seen Mr Zelimkhan Batariyev since his abduction on 4 May 2001.

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Ayshat Kosumova and Others v. Russia, (6659/09)

  • Communicated:  11/21/2011
  • Date:  05/08/2004
  • Judgement date:  01/30/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, the settlement of Chiri-Yurt
  • Lodged:  12/30/2008
  • Representative:  D. Itslayev
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 8 May 2004 at around midnight a convoy of vehicles, including two APCs (one of which had the registration no. 233), a UAZ “tabletka” car, two NIVA cars, four VAZ cars and a GAZEL minivan, arrived at the neighbourhood. Several groups of up to fifteen armed, masked and camouflaged servicemen got out of the vehicles and stormed into the applicants’ and Ramzan’s mother’s houses, as well as three other neighbouring houses. The servicemen conducted a quick search in Ramzan’s mother’s house, locked her inside and left. At the applicants’ house, the servicemen, who spoke unaccented Russian, checked Ramzan’s passport and took Ramzan outside. Around five or six servicemen searched the premises saying that they were looking for Wahhabis, radical Chechen rebels, as they had received information that the applicant’s family was a Wahhabi one. Then the intruders tied the first applicant’s limbs, sealed her mouth with duct tape and left. Shortly afterwards the applicant managed to set herself free and tried to follow the departing vehicles. She saw them passing through checkpoint no. 121 between Chiri-Yurt and Novye Atagi. On 10 May 2004 the Shali district prosecutor’s office denied that they had any information of the events. The applicants conducted their own investigation into the abduction. Their acquaintance, Mr Nur-Ali Eskiyev, informed them that Ramzan had been taken to the FSB department in Avtury upon the order of Mr Sergey Gromov, a FSB officer, also known as ‘Terek’. After that Ramzan had been transferred to a FSB department in Stariye Atagi headed by a FSB officer nicknamed ‘Piton’. Both FSB departments acknowledged Ramzan’s detention on their premises and guaranteed his safety. At a certain point ‘Piton’ negotiated Ramzan’s release with the applicants against a machinegun. They agreed on meeting for the exchange in the outskirts of Mesker-Yurt by the Rostov-Baku road. At the meeting ‘Piton’ informed the applicants that Ramzan had been transferred to the Main Federal Military Base in Khankala and therefore he was unable to obtain his release.  The applicants have not seen Mr Ramzan Shaipov since his abduction on 8 May 2004.

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Deshi Ibragimova v. Russia, (6647/09)

  • Communicated:  11/21/2011
  • Date:  07/16/2003
  • Judgement date:  01/30/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Shali
  • Lodged:  01/23/2009
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 16 July 2003 at around 5 p.m. a gray UAZ “tabletka” car without registration numbers and a white VAZ-21099 car with blackened windows arrived at the applicant’s house. A group of twelve to fifteen camouflaged servicemen in helmets got out of the UAZ. They spoke unaccented Russian and were armed with machineguns, pistols and special firearms with silencers of Russian special forces (“vintorezy”, винторезы). The servicemen quickly searched the premises looking for firearms. Then they put Artur Ibragimov in the UAZ and drove in the direction of Serzhen-Yurt. The servicemen also used an APC, which departed in the direction of Avtury. On 17 July 2003 Mr Dakayev, the head of the Shali administration, told the applicant that the servicemen could have belonged to special division no. 1 or 2 (Дивизия особого назначения № 1, 2, ДОН-1, 2) or the Federal Security Service (the FSB) unit stationed in the outskirts of Avtury whereas the Shali district military commander’s office denied any knowledge of the events. On 18 July 2003 the applicant handed over the serviceman’s identification tag to an investigator of the Shali district prosecutor’s office, who promised to her to have it examined by experts. In 2004 the applicant learnt from anonymous witnesses that her nephew had been taken to the Main Federal Military Base in Khankala and then transferred to a detention ward in Chernokozovo. The applicant has not seen Mr Artur Ibragimov since his abduction 16 July 2003.

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Mikiyeva and Menchayeva v. Russia, (61536/08)

  • Communicated:  11/21/2011
  • Date:  05/03/2001
  • Judgement date:  01/30/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, the settlement of Tsa-Vedeno
  • Lodged:  12/09/2008
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 3 May 2001 at around 7 a.m. federal servicemen started a sweeping-up operation in the settlement of Tsa-Vedeno. A group of thirty armed servicemen, some of whom were wearing masks, parked their two APCs and a URAL lorry by the applicant’s porch and burst into the house. They forced outside Mr Isa Mikiyev and his son, Mr Khalid Mikiyev, and put them in one of the APCs. Further, the servicemen took Khalid’s passport and drove in the direction of Grozny. The applicants followed the intruders. According to them, the servicemen freely passed through a checkpoint situated at the exit from the village; the checkpoint was closed for crossing that day. However, on-duty officers denied to the applicants that they had seen the vehicles and suggested that the applicants returned home in case of another check. The applicants obeyed. Upon return, they saw groups of servicemen who were conducting identity checks in almost every courtyard. There were many military vehicles, including APCs, and helicopters were flying over the settlement. As a result of the operation, the servicemen took away another 18 men, including Mr Akhyad Saydulayev, a neighbour. One abduction case, Atabayeva and Others v. Russia (no. 26064/02, 12 June 2008), was examined by the Court. All but five men (Isa Mikiyev, Sultan and Chumadi Indarbayev, Khampasha and Ramzan Kukuyev) were subsequently released. The last release took place on 21 May 2001. According to Khalid Mikiyev, once arrived at the checkpoint on 3 May 2001, the servicemen put Isa, Akhyad and himself, along with the other 17 Tsa-Vedeno residents, in a military helicopter and took them to a military base in Khankala. There servicemen took out all of the detainees, except for Khalid and Akhyad. The latter were further escorted to Serzhen-Yurt. In the afternoon on the same day the Tsa-Vedeno district military commander’s office informed the applicants that Khalid and Akhyad were in Shali. Local policemen brought them home in the evening. Other detainees told the applicants that in Khankala they had been placed together with Isa in a cellar. Servicemen had questioned the detainees one by one and beaten them up. The applicants have not seen Mr Isa Mikiyev since his abduction on 3 May 2001.

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Kushtova and Others v. Russia, (21885/07)

  • Communicated:  02/17/2009
  • Date:  07/10/2006
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Ingushetia, Village of Ekazhevo
  • Lodged:  05/21/2007
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Non-return of bodies

On 10 July 2006 the Federal Security Service of Russia (the FSB) carried out a military operation in the village of Ekazhevo in Ingushetia . On the same date the FSB Director reported that as a result of an explosion a group of “guerrilla fighters”, including Isa Kushtov, had been “eliminated”. On 11 July 2006 Isa's relatives identified his body in the Nazran morgue. Isa's mother also left a blood sample for the identification of her son. In August 2006, the prosecutor's office refused to return Isa's body to his relatives for funeral on the ground that the persons killed on 10 July had not been identified. The decision was later upheld by both the district court and supreme court of Ingushetia.

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Abdulayeva v. Russia, (38552/05)

  • Communicated:  05/18/2009
  • Date:  01/14/2005
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Village of Zumsoy
  • Lodged:  10/26/2005
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Non-return of bodies

On 14 January 2005 Sultan Vagapov was killed in the course of a mopping-up operation carried out by Russian military servicemen in the Chechen village of Zumsoy. It appears that his body was taken to the military base of Khankala. His mother has since unsuccessfully requested to see her son's body and to have the body handed over for burial. In a decision of 26 April 2005 the military prosecutor denied her request stating that “the bodies of terrorists are not handed over for burial and the place of their burial remains undisclosed”.

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Zalov and Khakulova v. Russia , (7988/09)

  • Communicated:  06/22/2009
  • Date:  10/13/2005
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Kabardino-Balkaria, Nalchik
  • Lodged:  12/11/2008
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Non-return of bodies

Early in the morning of 13 October 2005 law enforcement officers in the city of Nalchik were attacked, reportedly by armed insurgents. Around 135 people were killed in the ensuing battle, and dozens of unidentified bodies were taken to the town morgue where they were kept in appalling conditions. Zamir Zalov and Murat Khakulov were among those killed. As with the other bodies (see Sabanchiyeva v. Russia, 38450/05) Russian authorities have subsequently refused to hand them over to relatives for burial.

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Arkhestov and Others v. Russia, (22089/07)

  • Communicated:  09/02/2009
  • Date:  10/23/2005; 11/12/2005; 01/06/2006
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Kabardino-Balkaria, Nalchik
  • Lodged:  04/10/2007
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Non-return of bodies

Early in the morning of 13 October 2005 law enforcement officers in the city of Nalchik were attacked, reportedly by armed insurgents. Around 135 people were killed in the ensuing battle, and dozens of unidentified bodies were taken to the town morgue where they were kept in appalling conditions. Lokman Arkhestov, Kantemir Balkizov, Arsen Margushev, Anatoliy Tukov and Aslan Shogenov were among those killed. Azamat Brayev was killed on 12 November 2005 and Albert Zhekamukhov on 6 January 2006. As in several other cases (see e.g. Sabanchiyeva v. Russia, 38450/05, and Zalov and Khakulova v. Russia, 7988/09) Russian authorities have subsequently refused to hand over their bodies to relatives for burial.

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Dokuyevy v. Russia, (26277/11)

  • Communicated:  11/07/2011
  • Date:  08/11/2002
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Avtury
  • Lodged:  04/07/2011
  • Representative:  MATERI CHECHNI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 11 August 2002 at around 4 a.m. a group of masked and camouflaged servicemen armed with machineguns broke into the applicants’ house in the Avtury settlement, the Shali District. They arrived in two grey APCs and a UAZ vehicle without registration plates. The servicemen threatened the applicants with firearms and then took Uvays Dokuyev away in the UAZ. They told the applicants that they intended to check his identity through a computerised database at the Shali district military commander’s office. The servicemen did not let the applicants follow, throwing smoke grenades to keep them away. The Shali district military commander’s office denied to the applicants that Uvays had ever been brought there. The applicants have not seen Uvays Dokuyev since his abduction on 11 August 2002.

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Musluyevy v. Russia, (14321/11)

  • Communicated:  11/07/2011
  • Date:  06/08/2002
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Shali
  • Lodged:  02/11/2011
  • Representative:  MATERI CHECHNI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 8 June 2002 at 6 a.m. an APC with registration no. 023 and a UAZ vehicle without registration plates arrived at the applicants’ house in Shali. A group of masked and camouflaged servicemen carrying shields and machineguns got out of the vehicles. A part of them cordoned off the house, whereas the others stormed inside. After searching the premises, the servicemen took Rizvan and Bislan outside and pushed them to the ground. They told the applicants in unaccented Russian that they would check whether the two brothers were involved in something illegal and, if not, would set them free. Then the servicemen put Rizvan and Bislan in their military vehicles and drove away to an unknown destination. The applicants have not seen Rizvan and Bislan Musliyev since their abduction on 8 June 2002.

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Salmurzayeva v. Russia, (7409/11)

  • Communicated:  11/07/2011
  • Date:  07/21/2002
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Urus-Martan
  • Lodged:  12/29/2010
  • Representative:  D. Itslayev
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 21 July 2002 at 2.30 a.m. around ten to fifteen camouflaged servicemen armed with machineguns broke into the Alkhazur Salmurzayev's house. All but one were masked and had Slavic features. The intruders locked the Alhkazur's mother and father in a room, searched the house, then Alkhazur and his brother and checked their passports. Then they took Alkhazur outside and walked away with him in the direction of the Urus-Martan – Alkhazurovo road, where a military checkpoint manned by servicemen from the Yaroslavl Special Task Police Unit (ОМОН) was situated. Shortly afterwards the applicant heard the noise of starting engines. Other witnesses saw an APC and 3 UAZ vehicles in the vicinity. On the same night the servicemen also broke into a neighbouring house. For two months after the abduction the applicant regularly contacted various law-enforcement agencies and local administrations, which promised to her to establish her son’s whereabouts. In the end, Mr Kovrayev, the head of the Urus-Martan district administration, told her that Alkhazur was dead; at some point later he retracted and claimed that Alkhazur was somewhere in detention. The applicant has not seen Mr Alkhazur Salmurzayev since his abduction on 21 July 2002.

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Baymuradova and Others v. Russia, (2685/11)

  • Communicated:  11/07/2011
  • Date:  07/14/2001
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Serzhen-Yurt
  • Lodged:  12/03/2010
  • Representative:  MATERI CHECHNI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 14 July 2001 at around 3 a.m. a group of masked servicemen in camouflage uniforms, armed with machineguns, broke into the Baymuradovs’ house in Serzhen-Yurt. They beat up Mr Sobur-Ali and Mr Bislan Bedigov, then covered their heads with white cloths and dragged them to the backyard. The servicemen continued beating the men outside. Then they tied Sobur-Ali’s limbs and covered the two men’s mouths with duct tape. Further, one of the servicemen, acting on an order received through his portable radio, led Bislan to the basement and mined the door. Meanwhile, the servicemen locked the applicants in a room. Then they searched the house and took away a number of valuables, leaving the house in a mess. After that the servicemen put Sobur-Ali in an APC and, accompanied by a convoy of another APC and two URAL lorries, drove away. The vehicles’ registration numbers were obscured with mud. The applicants have not seen Mr Sobur-Ali Bedigov since his abduction on 14 July 2001.

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Mazhiyeva and Others v. Russia, (2650/11)

  • Communicated:  11/07/2011
  • Date:  01/04/2003
  • Judgement date:  01/16/2014
  • Location:  Chechnya, Grozny
  • Lodged:  12/27/2010
  • Representative:  SRJI
  • Violation:  Disappearance

On 4 January 2003 at around 4 a.m. a group of armed and camouflaged servicemen cordoned off the Mazhiyevs’ block of flats on 2 APCs, 2 UAZs “tabletka” and a URAL. They burst into the Mazhiyevs’ flats on the pretext of an identity check. Some of them were wearing masks and helmets with torches. The unmasked servicemen had Slavic features. In unaccented Russian they asked the applicants and their relatives for the identity documents, arms, money and valuables and ordered them to lie down on the floor. Then the servicemen tied Alik’s, Arbi’s, Khasan’s and Khuseyn’s hands, gagged them and the men’s mouths with duct tape, took their identity Documents and led them outside. They put four men into their vehicles and drove away in an unknown direction. The applicants have not seen Mazhieyv Alik, Arbi, Khasan and Khuseyn since their abduction on 4 January 2003.

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