IHF Appeals to Chechen Prosecutor Regarding the “Disappearance” of the Head of the Humanitarian NGO “Save the Generation”, Murad Muradov, on 15 April 2005
Vienna, 9 May 2005. The IHF today sent an open letter to the Prosecutor of the Chechen Republic, Vladimir Kravchenko, asking his office to investigate the fate and whereabouts of Murad Muradov (born 1976), the head of the humanitarian NGO “Save the Generation”, who ‘disappeared’ after having been unlawfully detained by an unknown law enforcement / security structure on 15 April 2005 from his flat in Bogdan Khmelnitsky Street 141 in the Ippodromniy micro-district in Grozny.
The unknown law enforcement / security structure, most likely the FSB, also seized documentation and equipment of the group, which provides humanitarian aid to orphans, children invalids (mainly mine victims) and their families, and is a project partner of the UN agencies UNICEF, WHO and WFP. The next day another unsanctioned search was conducted in the house of the mother of Muradov, during which additional documentation was seized.
The unlawful detention of Muradov took place during a big special operation against a group of armed fighters in the fourth floor of the nine-storey house in Bogdan Khmelnitsky Street 141, killing between three and six Chechen fighters, five members of the spetsnaz (special forces) of the FSB (Federal Security Service) and up to 6 civilians, wounding several more.
For further information:
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
In Vienna: Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director, +43–1–408 88 22 or +43-676–635 66 12;
Henriette Schroeder, IHF Press Officer, +43 – 676 – 725 48 29
In Moscow: Tanya Lokshina, +7-095-208 1765
Save the Generation, Grozny, Zarema Sajdullaeva, +7-928-290 46 44