Chechen attackers brutalise Russian reporter amidst political tensions

A brutal assault has been launched on renowned investigative reporter, Yelena Milashina, by a gaggle of masked men, shortly after touchdown in the Russian republic of Chechnya. She recounts a chilling ordeal, where she was seized, forced out of her car, savagely attacked with plastic pipes, her head ruthlessly shaved and doused in green dye inside the proximity of the airport.
It is worth noting that Milashina has previously been focused with dying threats from the infamous leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. She had firm on her trip – a lawyer by the title of Alexander Nemov, who too suffered accidents within the attack.
Their arrival at Grozny Airport was in anticipation of a court docket verdict for a mother of three, Zarema Musayeva, a vocal critic of Kadyrov, who was later handed a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence in a case seen by many as being politically charged. Their assault, nevertheless, meant they were unable to attend the hearing.
Since 2007, Chechnya has been beneath the rule of Ramzan Kadyrov, a fierce ally of Vladimir Putin and a supporter of the warfare in Ukraine. Kadyrov has been extensively accused of sanctioning extrajudicial assassinations, abductions, and horrendous human rights violations in his own nation.
Milashina and Nemov paint a horrific picture of the incident, recounting how their automobile was intercepted by a group of around ten masked men in three vehicles, close to the airport. They believe that these attackers had been lingering inside the airport waiting for them.
Milashina described her expertise to a human rights official from Chechnya, recounting in hospital…
“It was a traditional kidnapping. They pinned me down then threw our driver out of his automotive, climbed in, bent our heads down, tied my palms, pressured me to my knees and put a gun to my head.”
Nemov was quoted as saying whereas narrating the ordeal to the Russian bar association…
“They threw us on the facet of the street and started kicking us in the face, all over the body… they stabbed me within the leg.”
The brutal saga continued with the victims being dragged into a ravine and severely crushed with plastic polypropylene pipes.
Milashina told Sergei Babinets of the rights group Crew in opposition to Torture…
“They didn’t understand, and by the point they did that they had already shaved me and poured green dye on me and I didn’t see a factor.”
The green dye, typically an antiseptic, has beforehand been used in assaults launched against dissidents in Russia, such as Alexei Navalny. Milashina sustained a brain harm from the assault and initially, it was thought she had three fractured fingers. However, the hospital later clarified that her fingers weren’t damaged. Nemov also suffered main injuries and Crew Against Torture confirmed this by posting a picture displaying the stab injury to his leg.
While the Kremlin posited that the assault was of severe gravity and deserving of an investigation, Memorial, a human rights group banned by Russia, had a unique perspective. They state that the Moscow and Grozny authorities were unequivocally aligned in their actions.
Milashina vacated Russia briefly in February 2022 following Kadyrov branding her as a terrorist and threatening to exterminate terrorists and any who align with them. Milashina had beforehand been a sufferer of a similar assault in 2020, with lawyer Marina Dubrovina being another sufferer.
Her investigative reporting dropped at mild the human rights violations being dedicated in Chechnya. She follows within the daunting footsteps of two feminine pioneers who had been slain for comparable work within the area. Ann Politkovskaya, Milashina’s colleague at Novaya Gazeta, was murdered in 2006 in Moscow, whereas Natalia Estemirova, a human rights campaigner, was kidnapped and fatally shot in Grozny.
Milashina expressed last week in a dialog with the BBC’s Ukrainecast that she is totally cognizant of the fact that Kadyrov and his associates may simply act on the dying threats issued to her.
Condemning the “cowardly assault,” Amnesty International implored the Russian authorities to promptly apprehend the culprits and assure the safety of those that search truth and justice. An official from the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, expressed grave concern over the assault, viewing it as part of the increasingly hostile surroundings focused in opposition to journalists and contributors of Novaya Gazeta.
The notorious Chechen chief, additionally a supporter of the Kremlin, dispatched troops, often recognized as “Kadyrovtsy,” to Ukraine final 12 months. Prize have since gained a popularity for their violent actions. Furthermore, Kadyrov is believed to have orchestrated the murder of Russian opposition determine, Boris Nemtsov.
Kadyrov was given the presidency of the southern Russian republic by Putin three years after the assassination of his father in 2004..

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