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Annex to the section The Problem of Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment in Chechnya and the Northern Caucasus

November 29, 2006 08:39

Selected Quotes from “The Analysis of the Operational Situation in Relation to the Human Abductions in Oktyabrsky District of the City of Grozny in the Period from 1995 to September 2006”
"... 1. In the period from 1995 to 2000 most of the crimes committed under the Article 126 of the Penal Code are performed by the members of separatist troops, whose single motif was to receive ransom from the relatives of the abducted, and to receive legal papers for possession of real estate, cars and other property of the kidnapped. At the same time, after such papers were received, the abducted would be killed. The following instances lead to the criminal cases: [list of 9 cases]
...2. In the period from 2000 to 2003 most of the abductions are committed by the military and law enforcement officers: Ministry of Defense, SWAT, etc., including the officers of the Oktyabrsky police department. Such facts are proven by the written testimonies of the witnesses. Some heads of the departments of Oktyabrsky Police Department of the former PD of Khanty-Mansiysk district are now wanted internationally for having committed such crimes…However, one must note that some of the abducted were active separatists on the moment of the abduction and were involved in committing a series of felonies [two examples are given] ... Abductions committed by the officers of Oktyabrsky Police Department [list of 58 criminal cases]
... As of 2004 and to the present, according to the operational information, most of the abductions in this district are committed by the officers of various law enforcement and military units that are stationed in Chechnya – namely, FSS, ORB-2, Kadyrov’s Security Service and other military forces. The statistics is explained by the fact that officers of those units do not arrange the detention in the proper and formal way, do not introduce themselves at the moment of arrest, do not inform the relatives, neighbors of the detained about the reasons for the detention and further location of the detained. The relatives are worried and do not possess any information as to their family members and so they file abduction or missing papers. The search of those people is difficult due to sometimes open confrontation to the police officers, so – being unable to interrogate the officers of that or other military formation – the policemen are satisfied with the mere statement of facts. The police officers are not allowed on the territory of the military units. Those instances led to the criminal cases: [list of 15 cases]
...This analysis showed that the main reasons for lack of results are:
...3. the use by the military units officers and law enforcement officers of masks and unidentified uniform without rank insignia
4. the free movement of vehicles with stolen number plates or without any number plates at all
5. Unwillingness of the commanding officers of the military to reveal true information as to the instances of their inferiors in target missions, arrests – up to hampering the initial investigative process
Deputy head of the Criminal Service of Oktyabrsky PD of the city of Grozny, Major Kh.Y.Nanaev