Cases 701 - 720 of 760

Askharova v. Russia, (13566/02)

Judgement date: 04/12/2008
Communicated: 26/04/2005
Date of violations: 18/05/2001
Admissible: 22/11/2007
Location: Chechnya, Serzehn-Yurt
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 18 May 2001 Russian forces conducting a sweep operation detained Sharani Askharov and eight other men in the town of Serzhen-Yurt. Witnesses reported seeing Askharov and others being beaten as they were led away by armed men. Of the detained, six were released, one was found dead and Ashkarov and another man remain missing. Russian prosecutors failed to open an investigation into Askharov's disappearance until October 2001.

 

Akhmadov and Others v. Russia, (21586/02)

Judgement date: 14/11/2008
Date of violations: 27/10/2001
Admissible: 03/05/2007
Location: Chechnya, Komsomolskoe
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Extra-judicial execution

On 27 October 2001 Zalina Mezhidova and Amkhad Gekhaev were driving home from a turnip field in Komsomolskoe when military helicopters opened fire on their car. After strafing the car with machine guns the servicemen took Amkhad and Zalina out of the car and carried them to the helicopter. The servicemen then blew up the car and left on the three helicopters. Two days later a military helicopter delivered the severely mutilated bodies of Amkhad and Zalina to the military commander's office in Gudermes. Although the official investigation into the killings identified the military servicemen involved in the attack, it was repeatedly suspended on the ground that the use of lethal force had been justified. In 2005 the investigation was closed due to the application of an amnesty law.

 

Tsurova and Others v. Russia, (29958/04)

Judgement date: 06/11/2008
Communicated: 21/03/2007
Date of violations: 26/04/2003
Location: Chechnya, City of Grozny
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 26 April 2003, Chechen lawyer Ibragim Tsurov was driving in Grozny together with three military servicemen when his car was forced to stop by three cars, including a volga with a blue flash light. A number of servicemen got out of the cars, pointed their weapons at the passengers and forced everybody out of the car. The servicemen then hit Tsurov with the butt of their rifles, put him in the boot of his car and drove him away. Tsurov's relatives immediately started to search for him. In July 2004, the Ingush Ministry of Interior confirmed that Tsurov had been detained by officers from the Malgobek town department of the Interior. However, Tsurov's whereabouts have not been established and nobody has been held accountable for his disappearance.

 

Khadzhialiyev and Others v. Russia, (3013/04)

Judgement date: 06/11/2008
Communicated: 11/04/2007
Date of violations: 15/12/2002
Location: Chechnya, Village of Samashki
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

Between 14 and 15 December 2002, military servicemen into the house of the Khadzhialiyev family in the village of Samashki, Chechnya. The armed men forced Ramzan and Rizvan Khadzhialieyv out of their beds and onto the floor where they beat them with their rifle butts. The brothers were then handcuffed and taken away while the other members of the family were locked in a room. On 22 December 2002, fragments of human bodies were found over an area of 500 square meters. It was later established that the remains originated from corpses that had been decapitated and then exploded. The remains were identified as belonging to the Khadzhialiyev brothers.

 

Magamadova and Iskhanova v. Russia, (33185/04)

Judgement date: 06/11/2008
Communicated: 29/03/2007
Date of violations: 14/11/2002
Location: Chechnya, Village of Mesker-Yurt
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

Early in the morning of 14 November 2002, armed military servicemen in camouflage and masks arrived at the houses of Viskhadzhi Magamadov and Khasan Mezhiyev, who are neighbors and live in the village of Mesker-Yurt. The two men were forced into armored personnel carriers and driven away. The investigation into the disappearance of Magamadov and Mezhiyev has not produced any results.

 

Shaipova and Others v. Russia, (10796/04)

Judgement date: 06/11/2008
Lodged: 09/02/2004
Date of violations: 09/04/2003
Location: Chechnya, Urus-Martan
Representative: D. Itslayev
Violation: Disappearance

At about 2.30 a.m. on 9 April 2003 a large group of armed men in camouflage uniforms entered the Shaipov family's courtyard in Urus-Martan. Around ten of them broke into the house where they violently apprehended Akhmed Shaipov. They ordered the family to stay inside and led Akhmed away. He has not been seen since. The investigation into his disappearance has not produced any results.

 

Magomed Musayev and Others v. Russia, (8979/02)

Judgement date: 23/10/2008
Communicated: 26/04/2005
Date of violations: 10/12/2000
Admissible: 18/10/2007
Location: Chechnya, Village of Raduzhnova; Village of Dolinskii
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

Said-Rakhman Musayev, Odes Mitayev and Magomed Magomadov were detained during a large scale mop-up operation conducted by Russian federal forces in the neighbouring villages of Raduzhnoye, Pobedinskoye and Dolinskiy on 10 December 2000. On that day a total of 21 men were detained by Russian servicemen. All of them were subsequently released except Said-Rakhman, Odes and Magomed. <p> Several detainees later testified how they were taken to the main Russian military base at Khankala. Despite the winter weather they were kept in two pits in the ground, 3-4 metres deep, for several days. They were taken out one by one for questioning. During the questioning they were hit with rifle buts. <p> On 21 February 2001 the mutilated bodies of Said-Rakhman, Odes and Magomed were found in the abandoned village of Zdorovye (also called Dachny), located less than a kilometer from Khankala. The bodies bore numerous gunshot and knife wounds. Odes had one ear cut off. The corpses of additional 48 people were eventually found in the vicinity of the village. One of them was 40-year-old mother of four Nura Luluyeva, who was detained by Russian servicemen on 3 June 2000 in Grozny (see the case of Luluyev v. Russia).

 

Salatkhanovy v. Russia, (17945/03)

Judgement date: 16/10/2008
Lodged: 24/11/2000
Date of violations: 17/04/2000
Admissible: 20/09/2007
Location: Chechnya, Village of Dyshne-Vedeno
Representative: Others
Violation: Extra-judicial execution

On 17 April 2000 at about 1 p.m. Ayub Salatkhanov, aged 16, went to the village market in Dyshne-Vedeno. A convoy of Russian military vehicles passed by. One of the servicemen raised his automatic rifle and shot at Ayub. He died on the way to the hospital. The same day, one officer was identified as the perpetrator. The criminal investigation into the murder has since been opened and closed on several occasions. In April 2005, the officer was arrested and the case committed for trial to a military court. The military court sentenced the officer to ten years of imprisonment for murder in July 2006. In its judgment of 16 October 2008, the ECtHR held that the applicants had lost their victim status as the national authorities had acknowledged, and then afforded redress for the breach of the Convention. Consequently, Russia was not held responsible for any violations of the Convention.

 

Debizova and Bargaeyva v. Russia, (13573/02)

Judgement date: 09/10/2008
Communicated: 26/04/2005
Date of violations: 14/01/2001
Admissible: 23/10/2007
Location: Chechnya, Starye Atagi
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

Russian servicemen detained dozens of villagers during a large military operation in the neighbouring villages of Novye Atagi and Starye Atagi between 14 and 16 January 2001. All of them were subsequently released except five men, three of them the applicants' relatives, Bekkhan Bargayev, Said-Magomed Debizov and Iznovr Serbiev. The mutilated bodies of two detainees were found on 26 January 2001. There has been no news about the applicants' three relatives since they were detained.

 

Zulpa Akhmatova and Others v. Russia, (13569/02)

Judgement date: 09/10/2008
Communicated: 26/04/2005
Date of violations: 14/01/2001
Admissible: 23/10/2007
Location: Chechnya, Starye Atagi; Novye Atagi
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

Russian servicemen detained dozens of villagers during a large military operation in the neighbouring villages of Novye Atagi and Starye Atagi between 14 and 16 January 2001. All of them were subsequently released except five men, three of them the applicants' relatives, Bekkhan Bargayev, Said-Magomed Debizov and Iznovr Serbiev. The mutilated bodies of two detainees were found on 26 January 2001. There has been no news about the applicants' three relatives since they were detained.

 

Albekov and Others v. Russia, (68216/01)

Judgement date: 09/10/2008
Date of violations: 23/10/2000
Admissible: 13/09/2007
Location: Chechnya, Village of Akhkinchu-Barzoy
Representative: EHRAC/Memorial
Violation: Extra-judicial execution

Between March 2000 апd February 2001 military unit no. 73881-2 was stationed near the village of Akhkinchu-Bazzoy in Chechnya. The military unit occupied land used by the residents for tillage and pasture and soldiers mined the arеа around the unit. On 23 October 2000, Vakhazhi Albekov went out to collect the family's cattle but never returned home. The villagers went out to search for him. He was found dead the next day, the upper part of his body disfigured by an explosion. In the course of the search for him, Khasayn Minkailov, Mr. I,  Mr. Sh. M., and Nokha Uspanov were injured by two mines exploding in the forest. Khasyan Minkailov died of the injuries sustained whereas Mr. SH. M., and Nokha Uspanov both had to have their right legs amputated. On 11 January 2001, Nokha Uspanov was detained during a sweeping operation together with Vakhazhi Albekov's brother. The police beat them up and questioned them about the death of Vakhazhi Albekov. Nokha Uspanov subsequently disappeared and was found dead in the end of January.

 

Yusupova and Zaurbekov v. Russia, (22057/02)

Judgement date: 09/10/2008
Date of violations: 17/10/2000
Admissible: 03/05/2007
Location: Chechnya, October district, City of Grozny
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 17 October 2000 at 11 a.m. Abdulkasim Zaurbekov entered the Temporary Office of the Interior of the October District of Grozny to collect his pay for work done at the precinct as a car mechanic. His son waited for him outside until the evening but Abdulkasim never exited the police office. At the time the Temporary Office of the Interior of the October District of Grozny was staffed with police officers from Khanty-Mansiysk in northern Russia and was notorious for grave human rights abuses. On 12 July 2007 the European Court of Human Rights condemned Russia for the disappearance of Ayub Magomadov from the same police office. In January 2001 another Chechen man, Zelimkhan Murdalov, was tortured at the police office and subsequently disappeared. Zelimkhan's case was highlighted by journalist Anna Politkovskaya. On 27 November 2007 a court in Chechnya sentenced Sergey Lapin to 10 and a half years imprisonment for torturing Zelimkhan. Nobody has been tried in connection with Zelimkhan's disappearance.

 

Lyanova and Aliyeva v. Russia, (12713/02, 28440/03)

Judgement date: 02/10/2008
Communicated: 05/01/2005
Date of violations: 28/06/2000
Admissible: 20/06/2007
Location: Chechnya, City of Grozny
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 28 June 2000 fifteen-year-old Islam Dombaev and sixteen-year-old Murat Lianov were detained by a Russian Ministry of Interior unit in Grozny together with a third boy. They subsequently disappeared. Although the investigation established the units involved in the boys' detention, the investigation was suspended without holding anybody accountable for the boys' disappearance.

 

Rasayev and Chankayeva v. Russia, (38003/03)

Judgement date: 02/10/2008
Communicated: 08/06/2006
Date of violations: 25/12/2001
Location: Chechnya, Village of Chechen-Aul
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 25 December 2001, Russian troops arrived in the village of Chechen-Aoul to carry out a special operation. At around midday soldiers entered the home of Ramzan Rasayev, searched him and his family, and drove Ramzan away, promising they would release him after verifying his documents. That evening, other residents of Chechen-Aoul reported seeing Ramzan that evening at a detention camp on the outskirts of town. He has not been seen since. Russian authorities confirmed that federal forces carried out a special operation in the village at the time of Ramzan's detention but yet failed to identify those responsible.

 

Khalidova and Others v. Russia, (22877/04)

Judgement date: 02/10/2008
Communicated: 19/03/2007
Date of violations: 29/11/2002
Location: Ingushetia, Village of Psedakh
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

On 29 November 2002, 10 Russian military servicemen arrived at the factory where Isa and Shamil Khalidov worked and detained the two men without any explanation. Although a prosecutor's office in Ingushetia established that Isa and Shamil had been detained by a police unit from Chechnya under the command of a named officer, prosecutor's offices in Chechnya deny that this is the case. Isa and Shamil's whereabouts have not been established and nobody has been held accountable for their disappearance.

 

Mezhidov v. Russia, (67326/01)

Judgement date: 25/09/2008
Lodged: 15/11/2000
Date of violations: 05/10/1999
Location: Chechnya, Village of Znamenskoye
Representative: EHRAC/Memorial
Violation: Indiscriminate bombing

On 5 October 1999, between 7 and 9 p.m., the village of Znamenskoye, Chechnya came under heavy fire. The village was shelled by artillery positioned on the Terskiy mountain range, where Russian federal troops were stationed. Oleg Semenovich Mezhidov, Movlmat Lemayevna Mezhidova, Bislan Olegovich Mezhidov, Aminat Olegovna Mezhidova, and Svetlana Olegovna Mezhidova tried to escape but were all killed by a shell which burst in their courtyard. The official investigation into their deaths has not yielded any results.

 

Akhmadova and Akhmadov v. Russia, (20755/04)

Judgement date: 25/09/2008
Communicated: 09/03/2007
Lodged: 14/04/2004
Date of violations: 29/09/2002
Location: Chechnya, Urus-Martan
Representative: D. Itslayev
Violation: Disappearance

At about 3 a.m. on 29 September 2002 a group of five armed and masked men in camouflage uniforms broke into the Akhmadov family's house in Urus-Martan. When they left they took Adnan Akhmadov, the oldest son, with them. They tied his hands, put him in an APC and drove away. Adnan has not been seen since. The investigation into his disappearance has not produced any results.

 

Takhayeva and Others v. Russia, (23286/04)

Judgement date: 18/09/2008
Communicated: 19/03/2007
Date of violations: 13/11/2002
Location: Chechnya, Village of Mesker-Yurt
Representative: SRJI
Violation: Disappearance

During the night of 13 November 2002, several armed men in camouflage uniform and masks broke into the house of the Takhayev family in the village of Mesker-Yurt. When they left they took Ayub Takhayev with them. The next day, the family discovered tracks from armored personnel carriers close by and several neighbors confirmed that they had seen an APC that night. The investigation into Takhayev's disappearance has produced no results. In its 10,000th judgment the European Court of Human Rights held Russia responsible for Ayub's disappearance.

 

Magomadova and Others v. Russia, (3526/04)

Communicated: 10/09/2008
Lodged: 19/12/2003
Location: Chechnya, Grozny
Representative: EHRAC/Memorial
Violation: Indiscriminate bombing
Property

In January 1995 a direct hit during an air strike destroyed Bilkis Magomadova's house in Grozny, Chechnya. In September 1999 air bombings destroyed Mariyat Magomadova's flat and her house in Grozny, Chechnya. The prosecutor refused to open a criminal case into the bombings. The Magomadova family was later denied any compensation as, according to Russian law, the State is only liable in respect of damage caused by its agents acting unlawfully.

 

Maskhadova and Others v. Russia, (18071/05)

Lodged: 04/05/2005
Date of violations: 08/03/2005
Admissible: 08/07/2008
Location: Chechnya, Village of Tolstoy-Yurt
Representative: Interights
Violation: Non-return of bodies
Extra-judicial execution

On 8 March 2005 the FSB conducted a special operation in the village of Tolstoy-Yurt. The operation resulted in the arrest of four individuals. According to the authorities, they also discovered a corpse bearing signs of a violent death. The corpse was later identified as that of Aslan Maskhadov (one of the military and political leaders of the Chechen separatist movement during and after the armed conflict of 1994-96). Russian authorities refused to return the body to his relatives for funeral. The investigation into the circumstances of his death has not led to any results.

 
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