Russia’s Novaya Gazeta broke the story that the region which is a federal subject of Russia was persecuting, detaining, torturing and murdering men at the end of 2016.
On Sunday it made the bold move to publish the names of 27 men executed in the capital Grozny. Novaya Gazeta reported as many as 56 people have been killed by Ramzan Kadyrov’s government.
In it investigations the Gazeta found the people were detained on different dates but all were executed on the nights of January 25-26.
‘According to our information, the detainees were shot that night and were carried on various cemeteries, including Christian, and buried in hastily dug graves,’ the Novaya Gazeta reported.
The news outlet has been investigating the illegal detentions for months and has approached a number of government and law enforcement agencies for information. When it became clear they would not be helpful Novaya Gazeta decided to publish the names of victims.
‘Two months we had hoped for cooperation at the very beginning [of the investigation]to be effective,’ the Gazeta wrote in a report.
‘Today it is obvious that the Investigative Committee of Russia is losing ground on this situation… That is why we publish the list of those who, according to our information, were victims of the worst possible extrajudicial executions in Grozny.
‘And now the investigation, which has a lack of living witnesses, will have to deal with the special witnesses.
‘Because only the dead have nothing to fear in Chechnya’
Below are the names of 27 men executed by the Chechen government. It is not known if all of these 27 were killed because they were gay or because of other perceived crimes.
Some of the victims were as young as 18.
- Abdulmezhidov Adam Isaevich, born 27.5.1987
- Abumuslimov Apti Hasanovic, born 02.06.1989, Shali, Street School, 16.
- Abdulkerimov Side Ramzan Ramzanovich, born 25.03.1990, registered at the village of Kurchaloy, street Dohtukaeva 18.
- Alimhanov Islam Aliev, born 6.7.1998
- Abubakarov Adam Dzhabrailovich, born 05.05.1995
- Bergan Ismail Shadidovich born 19.08.1998
- Dasaev Adam Ilyasovich, DOB 16/06/1988, Shali.
- Dzhabayev Zelimhan Hizirovich, born 12.18.1993
- Ilyasov Adam Huseynovich, born 22.09.1997
- Lugano Rizwan Saeed-Hamzatovich, DOB 13/09/1987, Shali.
- Malikov Rizwan Agdanovich, born 01.06.1990
- Musk ICYE Turpalovich, DOB 19/07/1988, registered at the village of Tsotsi-Yurt, New Street, 10.
- Muskhanov Temirlan Ahmadovich, born 28.4.1986 Shali Chicherina Street, 2.
- Ozdiev Usman Vahaevich, DOB 12/24/1989, registered at the town of Shali, Grozny street, 39.
- Rashidov Doc Ibrahimovic, born 30.05.1995
- Siriev Magomed Musaevich, born 23.02.1993
- Soltahmanov Ismail Ezer-Aliyev, born 30.03.1994, registered at the village Mairtup street Nuradilova.
- Suleymanov Magomed Arbievich, DOB 01/03/1987, Shali village Caucasus, 8, Apartment 4.
- Tuchaev Ahmed Ramzanovich, born 23.02.1987, Shali, Street School, 30.
- Habu Khamzat Slaudinovich 14.02. Born 1993
- Khakimov Alvi Aslambekovich, 16.11. Born in 1992
- Hamidov Shamil Ahmedovich, born 14.11.1986
- Tsikmaev Sultanovich Ayoub, born 02.04.1984, the village Germenchuk, Youth Street.
- Shapiev Muslim Isaevich, born 28.11.1989, registered at the town of Shali, the street Kutuzov, 12.
- Eskarbiev Sayhan Vahamsoltovich, born 23.5.1992
- Yusupov Sahab Marshak, born 19.1.1990
- Yusupov Shamhan Shayhovich, DOB 17/06/1988, registered at the village of Kurchaloy, ul. Sovetskaya, 11.