YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin forwarded to the head of
the Investigative Committee at the Public Prosecutor’s Office
Alexander Bastirkin a second address demanding to start criminal
persecutions on the murder of Chechen farmers gathering herbs
by the Arshty village in Ingushetia on February 11-12.
Mitrokhin demanded that his first letter of February 17 with
the same demand should be examined.
Mitrokhin’s letter based on the facts obtained during investigation
of the Memorial human rights centre. Memorial proved that
the versions voiced by the top officials that the militants
had allegedly used the civilians as a shield and that people
had been killed due to the air strikes were incorrect.
An answer signed by a department head of the Committee A.V.Yelantsev
and dated March 16, 2010, runs that no criminal cases were
filed on the murder of four civilians. Only investigation
for detection of those who shot the civilians had been held.
The only criminal case filed was on the fact of “infringement
on life of the staff of the law-enforcement on behalf of illegal
“I realise that after yesterday’s statement by Umarov [where
he took the responsibility for the acts of terror in the Moscow
Metro] the Investigative Committee may have psychological
difficulties with the adoption of such a decision, however,
this body has to be guided by lawful interests of the citizens
protected by law rather than by bandits’ provocative statements,”
runs Mitrokhin’s letter.
Yesterday the leader of terrorists Doku Umarov released a
statement where he called the acts of terror in the Moscow
Metro of March 29 a revenge for “the massacre of the civilians
gathering herbs by Arshtami on February 11, 2010”.
Sergei Mitrokhin noted that the decision of the Committee
on this issue would have political importance, as “obviously
one the reasons behind the acts of terror is complete negligence
by the law-enforcement of investigating crimes against civilians
in the Caucasian republics,” Mitrokhin said.
Situation in the Northern Caucasus
of Terror in the Moscow metro, March 29, 2010
insists that the Chair of the Investigative Committee at the
Public Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation should
take under control investigation of a killing of civilians
in Ingushetia. Press Release. February 17, 2010