Ex-Chechen Policeman Testifies to ‘Worst Crime of Post-War Chechnya’

The investigative Novaya Gazeta paper on Monday has released a previous Chechen police officer’s statement to the extrajudicial killings of dozens of detainees four years earlier.

The account of Suleiman Gezmakhmayev, a previous personnel sergeant of the Akhmad Kadyrov Police Patrol Service Regiment, includes darning proof to Novaya’s investigations claiming that Chechen security authorities implemented 27 of more than 100 people restrained in late 2016 as well as very early 2017 anti-terror raids.

Gezmakhmayev stated he had taken part in apprehending as well as protecting a minimum of 56 detainees in the basement of the Kadyrov Regiment gymnasium. They were subjected to starvation, electrocution and whippings with hoses, according to Gezmakhayev.

Novaya reported that an oversight evaluation started at its demand had analyzed every Kadyrov Regiment building besides the gym.

Citing his buddy and also fellow sergeant Suleiman Saraliyev, Gezmakhmayev claimed 13 so-called militant leaders– whose names appeared on Novaya Gazeta’s listing of victims– had actually been executed at the Kadyrov Regiment barracks.

” He Saraliyev stated the first 1 or 2 ‘amirs’ had been fired, after which the program commander claimed it was much better not to discolor the area with blood,” Gezmakhmayev stated.

” So the various other ‘amirs’ were suffocated with a sports rope,” Novaya estimated Gezmakhmayev’s composed testimony as claiming.

Saraliyev was later on accused of homosexual ties and also killed in March 2017, Gezmakhmayev stated.

” They might have thrown away him as gay due to the fact that he had informed of detained Chechens’ executions,” he wrote.

Novaya stated Gezmakhmayev and his household’s go back to Russia after Europe declined their asylum applications helped the newspaper with locating “evidence of the most awful criminal offense devoted in post-war Chechnya.”

The Kremlin stated Monday it was aware of Novaya’s report however denied that it warranted an investigation.

” We’ve seen the magazine and the pertinent authorities have probably seen it as well. If they take into consideration the publication as grounds for evaluations, they can take place,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told press reporters.

” Since we do not belong to the police bodies, this is not our prerogative,” information agencies estimated Peskov as saying.

Russia’s chief investigatory body, the Investigative Committee, rejected in 2018 to open up a probe into the claimed murders at Novaya’s demand.

Chechen authorities have actually refuted that the individuals called in Novaya’s investigations were ever before apprehended.

Under strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s management, the republic of Chechnya has over the years end up being the subject of numerous reports of human rights misuses. The North Caucasus area, which was devastated by 2 separatist wars in the 1990s, takes pleasure in a specific degree of freedom for loyalty to the Kremlin.

Hours after the publication went live, Novaya claimed its Moscow workplace was attacked with a toxic chemical substance. Emergency, security as well as authorities policemans have actually been deployed to determine the resource of the claimed attack.

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