Staunton, July 24 – The record of violence and illegality by the regime of Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov only continues to lengthen, with rights activists now reporting that in December 2016, his siloviki kidnaped, tortured and then killed 27 people all at one time – and then blocked any serious investigation into what had occurred.
Abdul-Khadim Abdulmedzhidov, a Chechen who was in the same jail when this crime occurred on separate charges and who knew about the case, told a Memorial Human Rights Center press conference this week that investigators looking into the mass murder did not even bother to question him (mbk-news.appspot.com/suzhet/ty-popal-v-chechenskij-ad/
That is true, of course, but not in the sense those who make such declarations intend.
A major reason for all this duplicity is Kadyrov’s insistence that there are no militants in Chechnya anymore and that his is a “most peaceful” republic. When that is challenged, he becomes hysterical – and that, Memorial’s Oleg Orlov says, is likely the best explanation for why 27 people were slaughtered. That was necessary to maintain Kadyrov’s fiction.
Unfortunately, Kalyapin adds, that pattern is found in more parts of the Russian Federation than just Chechnya. Many in the police try to do the right thing, he acknowledges, but for many others, “the falsification of cases has become the norm.” Chechnya may offer more examples of this than other federal subjects. But it is not different “in principle.”