The European Court of Human Rights asked the Russian authorities questions about the case in order to clarify the circumstances of what is happening with Zarema Musayeva. The court ordered the Russian Federation to respond by 7 February. About it informs “Committee Against Torture”.
Urgent application to the ECtHR under Rule 39 in connection with the abduction of Musayeva “Committee against Torture” filed January 21. Rule 39 – “fast legal aid” from the ECtHR. It applies if there is a threat to life or harm to human health, and all national remedies have been exhausted.
On January 20, in Nizhny Novgorod, Chechen police broke into the apartment of Saidi Yangulbaev, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Chechnya. The security forces could not kidnap him himself, since he has a judicial immunity status, but they took away his wife Zarema Musayeva. The pretext for the abduction was that she was allegedly a witness in a fraud case in Grozny, where they were going to take her by force.
During the arrest, Zarema Musayeva lost consciousness, and the Chechen police officers dragged her out of the apartment. She suffers from type 2 diabetes and needs insulin injections 5 times a day. The security forces did not allow Musayeva to take warm clothes, medicines and even her passport with her.
Relatives feared that Musaeva might die on the way to Chechnya.
The police and FSB officers of Nizhny Novgorod did not respond in any way to the requests of Musayeva’s relatives for help and to the allegations of abduction. In the Kremlin declaredwho are not aware of the details of the abduction and prefer not to believe it.
Saydi Yangulbaev’s son Ibragim, known for his sharp criticism of the Chechen authorities, in an interview with Dozhd TV channel declaredthat in 2015 he, along with his father and brother, were kidnapped and tortured at the residence of Ramzan Kadyrov, and Kadyrov personally participated in the torture. Later, according to Ibragim, his brother and father were released, and he himself was taken to the Terek SOBR (now the Akhmat SOBR), where they continued to mock, after which they kept him in the basement for six months.
Ramzan Kadyrov named the Yangulbaev family as “accomplices of terrorists” and called on them to detain, and in case of resistance – to “destroy”. Kadyrov also wrote: “Be that as it may, I declare that this family is waiting for a place either in prison or underground. And it doesn’t depend on me anymore.”
On January 22, it became known that Saydi Yangulbaev and her daughter left Russia because of fear for his life.