09 October 2020, 23:59

Brother of disappeared Movsar Umarov mentions pressure from authorities as reason for fleeing Chechnya

In Chechnya, law enforcers demanded from relatives of Grozny resident Movsar Umarov to stop complaining about his disappearance after the detention, says Musa, a brother of Movsar Umarov. Musa Umarov himself left Chechnya after officials had expressed their dissatisfaction with his claims against an advisor of Ramzan Kadyrov.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that a mother of Movsar Umarov said he was detained for viewing the blog of Tumso Abdurakhmanov, well known for criticizing the authorities of Chechnya. The relatives of Movsar Umarov doubt that he is alive, since they do not receive any news from him.

At present, after Russia had provided the clarifications on the Movsar Umarov's case, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is awaiting a comment from lawyers of the "Committee against Torture" (CaT), representing the complainants. Dmitry Piskunov, the director of the CaT's North-Caucasian branch, reported that the mother, the brother, and the wife of Movsar Umarov had been recognized as injured persons in the case.

Musa Umarov, the brother of the disappeared man, said he had to leave Chechnya a month ago. Then, on a page of Magomed Baituev, the adviser to the leader of Chechnya, Musa Umarov claimed the involvement of the Chechen official in the disappearance of his brother.

On September 7, Magomed Baituev, the adviser to the leader of Chechnya, declared that he had not been involved in the situation with the fate of Movsar Umarov.

Furthermore, in September, the law enforcement bodies contacted the mother of Musa Umarov.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 9, 2020 at 05:37 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Alyona Sadovskaya Source: CK correspondent

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