The staff of the Committee for the prevention of torture addressed to the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the General Prosecutor and the Minister of internal Affairs in connection with the unsatisfactory work of the official investigation on the resonance of the attack on journalists and human rights activists near the border of Ingushetia and Chechnya on March 9, reported on the official website of the organization.

The Committee also expressed dissatisfaction with the progress of the investigation into the attack, which occurred on the same day at a rented apartment of human rights defenders in Karabulak and the March 16 attack on Igor Kalyapin at hotel in Grozny.

“Information about the alleged assaults on I. Kalyapin, Russian Federation will provide later” – quoted human rights activists, the fragment answer (PDF), addressed to the representatives of the Russian Federation the UN high Commissioner for human rights, published in September on the official website of the UK.

In response, the representatives of the Russian Federation also informed the UN that in fact attacks on journalists and human rights defenders in March of this year on the border of Ingushetia and Chechnya, “to conduct the necessary investigative and other procedural actions and operative-investigative activity”, say human rights activists.

In turn, the Committee for the prevention of torture considered that in six months from the time of the crime, allegedly carried out “the necessary investigative and other procedural actions were conducted inefficiently, and therefore resulted in a zero result.

2 of may it became known that the Ingush driver Bashir Pliev gave the new minibus to replace burned during attacks on journalists and human rights activists near the border of Ingushetia and Chechnya. Fundraising for the new transport for Pliev, who after the attack ended up in the hospital with serious injuries, organized online by the Union of journalists, formed after the incident.

Bashir Pliev was driving the minibus, which was carrying journalists and human rights activists from Ingushetia to Grozny. The evening of 9 March at the border of Chechnya a bus was attacked by a group of masked men who smashed the Windows, beat the passengers, and the vehicle burned. The driver was hit the hardest, being in the hospital with a brain concussion, fractures of arms, legs, and ribs.

According to Plieva, the attackers spoke Russian with a strong accent, calling journalists and human rights defenders supporters of terrorists. According to media reports, the journalists were traveling to Grozny to collect material about the abductions and torture of people in Chechnya.

The attack caused a wide resonance in Russia and abroad. Among the beaten and hospitalized were foreign journalists. In the Kremlin called the incident outrageous hooliganism. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin ordered the interior Ministry to clarify the circumstances of the incident and give a legal assessment.

However, despite the intervention of the President, Ministry of internal Affairs still are unable to identify those who committed this audacious crime.



Human rights activists complained to Bastrykin and Chaika to the unsatisfactory investigation into the attack on journalists in Ingushetia 29.09.2016

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