Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kadyrov Regime Struggles to Suppress Dissent in Chechnya

Posted by Info on 18/07/2011

On July 6, the Kavkazsky Uzel website reported new cases of arson attacks against relatives of suspected rebels in Chechnya. According to sources up to 120 persons recently had defected to the insurgents.
The security services captured close relatives of the people who had joined the insurgents and took them to the mountainous Vedeno district in southern Chechnya.

In September 2010, the Russian NGO Memorial reported that Chechen government forces used relatives of rebels as human shields while searching the wooded areas for militants. More recently, detained relatives of rebels may also have been taken to the Vedeno district to be used as human shields for Kadyrov’s forces.
Kadyrov had repeatedly warned relatives of the insurgents that they would be held responsible for the insurgents’ actions. In 2008 and 2009, arson attacks on the homes of relatives of militants were common in Chechnya, and there were several such incidents reported in 2010.

Meanwhile, on July 5 the Chechen authorities introduced a counter-terrorism operation regime in the southern mountainous part of Grozny district. However.. “Announcing a counter-terrorism operation regime on part of the republic’s territory means the security services either received information about the militants preparing for large-scale actions and decided to avert attacks, or that there are many more militants in the republic and their ranks have significantly increased recently,”

The Chechen authorities must be facing an extremely urgent threat to revert to a counter-terrorism regime.
Consequently, the Chechen republic has become entangled in a vicious cycle of economic impotence, unemployment and persistent violence by government-sponsored groups and non-state actors, going back and forth from relative stability to low-grade civil war.


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