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February 5th 2010 · Prague Watchdog / Memorial · PRINTER FRIENDLY FORMAT · E-MAIL THIS · ALSO AVAILABLE IN: RUSSIAN 

Aldy – a case still open

The film we present below is dedicated to the massacre in the village of Novye Aldy on February 5, 2000. This incident was one of the most terrible and bloody pages of the war in Chechnya.

A film about the events of February 5, 2000 in the village of Novye Aldy, Chechnya, where OMON security police from St. Petersburg, Russia, carried out a  "mop-up” operation. Residents of the village say that  after the raid they buried 82 corpses, and the Memorial human rights centre later documented the killing of at least 56 people. No insurgents were among those who were shot – all were civilians: old people, women and children. The operation at Novye Aldy was one of the bloodiest in the history of the Second Chechen War.

The film is based on documentary video footage taken by residents of Novye Aldy on February 9, 2000, and on interviews with eyewitnesses of the events recorded in January-February 2009 by members of the Memorial Human Rights Centre at the request of the film’s directors.

Download video (AVI, 200 MB).
 

Direction: Yelena Vilenskaya, Nikolai Rybakov and Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya

Taking part: Natalia Estemirova, Vladimir Kostyushev, Yelena Smirnova and Shakhman Akbulatov

Background commentary: read by Russian actor Alexei Devotchenko

Camera: Akhmed Gisayev

Editing: Sergey Feoktistov

Special thanks are due to Novye Aldy residents who took part in the filming, together with Oleg Orlov, Svetlana Gannushkina and Tatiana Kasatkina.


(Translation by DM)


© 2010 Prague Watchdog (see Reprint info).

(P,DM/T)

  RELATED ARTICLES:
 · ECHR on Russian war crimes: responses from Moscow and Grozny (PW, 27.7.2007)
 · ECHR condemns Russia for slaughter in Chechnya's Novye Aldy and double murder in Gekhi (PW, 26.7.2007)



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