Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov confirmedthat the Chechen security forces brought to Chechnya the mother of the lawyer of the “Committee against Torture” Abubakar Yangulbaev Zarema Musaeva, who was taken out of Nizhny Novgorod on January 20.
According to him, Yangulbaev was allegedly sent a summons three times. “Today, after the woman was taken to Grozny, she attacked a police officer and almost took his eye. Thus, she has already earned herself an article for a real prison term. In order not to bring it to that, she only had to come to subpoena to the investigator, and not go to extremes and bring the situation to the limit,” he said.
Kadyrov also wrote that he was appealing to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation with a demand to take measures to exclude the father of the lawyer Saidi Yangulbaev from the ranks of judges.
According to him, “one of the sons of the Yangulbaevs is making direct and open threats” against him, saying that he will not forgive him for this. Ramzan Kadyrov threatened that “competent authorities” would take care of him.
The head of Chechnya also claims that the Chechen security forces “performed lawful and coordinated operational actions.” “Law enforcement is doing a good job, and a bunch of people who call themselves ‘human rights activists’ are whining about breaking the law,” he said.
On the evening of January 20, unidentified men in civilian clothes, as reported by the Committee Against Torture, came to the home of retired judge of the Supreme Court of Chechnya Saidi Yangulbaev. They introduced themselves as police officers and stated that a certain fraud case was being investigated in Chechnya, according to which they were being summoned for interrogation. They did not dare to touch Saydi Yangulbaev because of his status as a judge; they took away the mother of human rights activist Zarema Musaeva.
The police called to the scene arrived three hours later, the prosecutor’s office did not accept a statement from human rights activists in Nizhny Novgorod, by phone to the FSB “Novaya Gazeta” declaredthat “it can’t be.”
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the kidnapping of Yangulbaev’s mother is a “fantastic story” and the Kremlin prefers not to believe such reports. His asked about the special status of the Chechen security forces who took Zarema Musaeva away. “Police officers must work strictly in accordance with job descriptions, with departmental instructions. These are not some kind of sovereign units. We are a single country, we have the Ministry of Internal Affairs, other special services, and within this framework everyone should work. About something else out of the question,” he replied.