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Sergei Mitrokhin: Murderers of Chechen farmers should be punished

Press Release
April 1, 2010

YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin forwarded to the head of the Investigative Committee at the Public Prosecutors 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.

Mitrokhins 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 armed groups.

I realise that after yesterdays 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 Mitrokhins 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.

See also:

Human Rights

The Situation in the Northern Caucasus

Act of Terror in the Moscow metro, March 29, 2010

YABLOKO 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

Press Release
April 1, 2010