In St. Petersburg, security forces detained 26-year-old Seda Suleimanova, who had run away from her relatives, and took her to Pulkovo Airport to send her to Chechnya. This is reported by the crisis group of IC SOS.
In October 2022, Seda Suleymanova turned to human rights activists, as she was afraid that her family might commit an “honor killing” because of the girl’s “insufficient religiosity.” Later she found a job and stayed in St. Petersburg.
On the evening of August 23, the security forces came to Seda Suleymanova’s house. Her partner Stanislav Kudryavtsev said that he was returning from work that day. At the entrance he was met by four men, two of whom introduced themselves as police officers and showed their IDs. Two more were Chechens in civilian clothes. The officers showed Stanislav a photo of Seda and demanded to open the door of the apartment, took the girl away and took both of them to the 54th police department.
The security forces reported that Seda is suspected of stealing jewelry worth 150,000 rubles. The security forces released Stanislav Kudryavtsev, and the girl was taken to Pulkovo Airport to be sent back to Chechnya.
In February, the brothers of Seda Suleymanova already tried to take her to Chechnya, but she managed to escape. After that, she changed her job and address of residence.
Human rights activists point out that kidnapping under the guise of a fabricated criminal case is a common practice by which escapees are forcibly returned to Chechnya. At the moment, Seda is not on the federal wanted list. She herself denies the accusation of stealing jewelry.
On the same charge in June of this year, the security forces detained Selima Ismailova. Her father reportedly beat her and threatened to “break her bones”. In early March of this year, human rights activists helped the girl escape from Chechnya. She was in a shelter in Moscow for several months while waiting for the paperwork to be completed.
On June 12, she tried to fly from Russia to Germany, but the security forces stopped her at the airport, who said that she was allegedly wanted on charges of theft. She was handed over to the Chechen police, and about a month later the girl was shown on the Grozny TV channel along with the Chechen Ombudsman Mansur Soltaev, who stated that “psychologists have worked on her (Ismailova), on her thinking”, she is in “good condition” and “she nothing threatens.”