Novye Aldy Petition
A group of Russian non-governmental organizations working in collaboration with the St Petersburg branch of the Yabloko political party has started an online petition addressed to Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and Chechnya’s Prosecutor Mikhail Savchin in connection with the tenth anniversary of the massacre at the Chechen village of Novye Aldy on February 5, 2000, widely believed to have been carried out by servicemen from the St Petersburg OMON security police.
In their open letter the authors of the petition draw attention to the fact that although in 2007 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found Russia guilty of serious human rights violations and awarded damages to relatives of some of the people who were killed at Novye Aldy, the Russian authorities’ investigation into the massacre appears to have stalled, and no one has yet been found accountable for the killing of 82 civilians. The organizers call on the prosecutors to clarify the present status of the Russian investigation.
A list of signatories to the petition can be read here.
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