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November 15th 2002 · Prague Watchdog / Timur Aliyev · PRINTER FRIENDLY FORMAT · E-MAIL THIS · ALSO AVAILABLE IN: RUSSIAN 

Another house pulled down in Chechnya

Timur Aliyev, North Caucasus – Another private house was blasted in Chechnya. The incident took place in the morning of November 12 in the Zavodskoi district in Grozny and the owner of the house, Bayanat Imayeva, claims that the house was blasted by Russian servicemen who came in search of her son.

“At 4 a.m. I heard the noise of a car engine,” Bayanat recounts the events. “In a few minutes, Russian soldiers rushed into my backyard and asked where my son was.”

The federal soldiers were looking for Bayanat’s son Rasul. However, the 23-year-old son was captured by the Russians on October 27, 2002 and since then his whereabouts have been unknown.

The servicemen bound Bayanat and two of her female relatives and locked them in a summer kitchen. Then they took all valuable things from the house, loaded them into their car and reminded the women that “if they go out within ten minutes after their departure, they will die.” After that they left. A powerful explosion that went off a few minutes later destroyed Imayev’s house to the core.

This was not the first time when a residential building was demolished in Chechnya. On November 8, in Achkhoi-Martan the Russian military blew up the house belonging to Aset Gishnurkayeva, one of the female terrorists participating in the Dubrovka theatre siege in Moscow.

On November 5, three houses were pulled down in the Khankalskaya street in Grozny. At that time, the military said that “the houses were destroyed in order to secure the safety of flights above the military base district in Khankala.”

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