Human rights defenders are vulnerable to harassment and
violent attack, and those working in the North Caucasus are especially
In Chechnya the 2009 murders of three activists—Natalya
Estemirova, Zarema Saidulaeva, and Alik Dzhabrailov—remain unpunished.
Impunity for these murders has had a chilling effect on Chechen
activists. In at least two cases in 2011, activists were subjected to
severe harassment by officials, but made no official complaints for fear
One activist who spoke out about threats was Supyan
Baskhanov, a Chechen lawyer who runs the Grozny office of the Committee
against Torture, a Russian NGO. In June 2011 Baskhanov helped organize a
small, peaceful, anti-torture rally in Grozny, the Chechen capital.
Police dispersed the demonstration, detained Baskhanov and his
colleague, and threatened them with reprisals if they persevered in
efforts to hold police accountable.
In June 2011 two unidentified men severely beat Bakhrom
Hamroev—Central Asia expert with Memorial Human Rights Center
(Memorial), a leading Russian human rights group—in his Moscow apartment
building. It was the second such beating he had endured in less than
six months. Both attacks remain unpunished.
attacks in the North Caucasus doubled in 2010 compared to 2009. In 2011
the Islamist insurgency remained on the rise, especially in the Republic
of Dagestan. In January a suicide bomber from the North Caucasus killed
37 people and wounded over 120 at a Moscow airport.The authorities’ use of torture, abduction-style
detentions, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings in the
course of their counterinsurgency campaign, coupled with impunity for
these abuses, antagonized the population of the North Caucasus.In Ingushetia, 12 local residents were abducted, seven of
whom “disappeared” between January and September, according to Memorial.)
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