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Ramzan Kadyrov - Crimes and Human Rights Violations

Russian and international human rights organizations associated with the activities of Kadyrov's massive and gross violations of human rights.

In May 2006, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights issued a report on the established secret prisons in Chechnya. The report, in particular, reported: "In the Chechen Republic there is still a lot of illegal places of detention. Most of them are run by forces operating under Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov (so-called" Kadyrov's men "). One of the reasons for the existence of a parallel system the conclusion is to obtain "confessions" and "testimonies" through cruel beatings and torture, which may occur after the official detention and persecution. A large number of such criminal cases are fabricated."

Also in 2006, it published a report of the organization "Human Rights Watch", dedicated to the use of torture and illegal detention in Chechnya. Report describes "torture by members of the second operational- investigative Bureau (ORB-2) Research Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Southern Federal District."

Anyone who is perceived as a threat, is either constrained to flee Chechnya or ends up dead, like the brothers Ruslan and Sulim Yamadayev, the one a Hero of Russia and State Duma deputy, the other commander of the Vostok battalion subordinate to the Russian Defense Ministry. Both had been stalwart supporters and close associates of Akhmad-hadji Kadyrov. They were gunned down by hired killers in Moscow and Dubai in September 2008 and March 2009 respectively.

In some parts of the North Caucasus, women continued to face bride kidnapping, polygyny, forced marriage (including child marriage), legal discrimination, and enforced adherence to Islamic dress codes. As part of his “modesty campaign,” initially announced in 2007, the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, required women to wear headscarves in public (including at schools, universities, and in government offices) and advocated seizure of cell phones from young women to prevent potential illicit contact with men.

The report of the 2012 International Crisis Group describes two models of combating the armed underground. One realized in Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, predominantly using hard power measures and intimidation of the Salafis and their relatives.

In the village salaried Russian non-governmental organizations to comply with the Russian Federation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in the period 2006 - 2012, it was stated that officials of the Republic repeatedly and publicly on local television talking about the need to extrajudicial executions.

Kadyrov in the mosque in Grozny May 23, 2009 said (on the same day subject to this performance was shown on TV channel "Grozny" in the "Results" at 20:00): "By the name of Allah! Wahhabis and those on whom is though the slightest odor of Wahhabism will be eliminated in Chechnya. I swear by Allah that I will give to live on this earth in Chechnya only to those who lead their children home. They must either bring home their children bastards, to be planted or kill them. If do not kill, you will be the evil of the children. I swear by Allah! We will not even detain them, plant, and just kill them on the spot. After that will not allow even pronounce their names. "

Kadyrov's former bodyguard, Umar Israilov claimed that "Kadyrov personally tortured him with electric shocks." U.Israilov was subsequently murdered in Vienna, and his father, Ali Israilov in October 2012 in an interview to the "Caucasian Knot", said: "The methods of these scum us known - they are the same as have acted toward my son, that is: buy people forced to kill them disagreeable and blamed it all on the artists, while remaining in the shadows. But we all know, the whole world knows about it, that without funding, without their team, without their knowledge, such things are not done."

On July 20th, 2009 the Moscow police took a statement Kadyrov's lawyer to institute libel case against the chairman of the Human Rights Center "Memorial" Oleg Orlov. The reason for the sentence was the O.Orlova in which he laid on the guilt of Ramzan Kadyrov for the murder of human rights activist Natalya Estemirova. January 20, 2012 the case against O.Orlova was discontinued for lack of evidence after the decriminalization of libel article.

In October 2009, Kadyrov asked to initiate libel case against several journalists of "Novaya Gazeta" and chief editor Dmitry Muratov. The reason for filing a lawsuit was the article published in the newspaper from May 2008 to February 2009, that Kadyrov was named guilty of murder, torture and threats of physical violence. February 15, 2010 the case was closed due to the failure of the plaintiff from its requirements.

February 2, 2010 the law enforcement bodies of Chechnya sent the materials to Moscow for a case of libel on Kadyrov against the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeyeva in connection with its performance at a press conference May 23, 2008 in Moscow. "At the end of the press conference Alexeyeva said that Kadyrov's gang go on Chechnya, killing, abducting people do what they want" - said the representative of Ramzan Kadyrov Krasnenkov. Subsequently, the lawsuit was withdrawn.

On 20 February 2014, authorities arrested Chechen human rights activist Ruslan Kutayev for alleged possession of heroin with intent to sell, a charge that many in the human rights community believed authorities fabricated in retaliation for his human rights activities. While in police custody, Kutayev reported to his attorneys that officials in the government of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov beat him, subjected him to electric shocks, and threatened harm to his family members to force Kutayev to confess to the alleged crime.

In 2014 Alvi Abdurakhmanov, a resident of Chechnya, had been held without charge or trial for more than two and one-half months at an undisclosed location. Local prosecutors only began official trial proceedings against the defendant after Memorial filed a public complaint 86 days after Abdurakhmanov’s arrest. On February 25, a court in Chechnya found Abdurakhmanov innocent of charges of robbery and assault of a police officer, but Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov criticized the court decision in the press, and Abdurakhmanov disappeared the day after Kadyrov’s comments.

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