The Ombudsman of Chechnya demanded to make the case against the journalist of “Novaya Gazeta”

Chechen Ombudsman Nurdi Nukhazhiyev

Chechen Ombudsman Nurdi Nukhazhiyev asked the Department of the TFR in the Republic with the statement for excitation of criminal case against correspondent of “Novaya Gazeta” Elena Milashina. This was reported on the official website of the Ombudsman.

As explained in the message, Nukhazhiyev accuses journalist in the dissemination of false information about the speaker of the Parliament of the Chechen Republic Magomed Daudova with the aim of discrediting his honor and dignity.

It comes miushinau the material published in Novaya Gazeta on March 10. In it, said Nukhazhiev, the journalist claims that the Chechen police on the orders of Daudova tried to kidnap one of the activists of the “Committee against torture”.

“Elena Milashina authentically knew that in respect of Magomed Daudov not initiated a criminal case under article “kidnapping”, there is no conviction, and also that everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until his guilt is proved as provided by Federal law and established by a legally effective verdict,” found on the website of the Ombudsman is a quote from his statement to the Investigation Committee.

According to Nukhazhiev, the actions of Milashina contains signs of the crime provided by article 128.1 part 5 of the criminal code( slander, accusing a person of committing a grave or especially grave crimes). In his statement, he asked the head of the Department of the TFR in Chechnya Sergei Sokolov to bring on this fact criminal case and to bring Milashina to criminal liability.

For the last week in Chechnya have been several attacks on human rights defenders. On the evening of 16 March in the center of Grozny, unknown assailants attacked the head of the “Committee for the prevention of torture” Igor Kalyapin. The incident started checking the law enforcement bodies of Chechnya. According to acting head of the MIA of the region Apti Alaudinova, pre-installed, human rights activist threw a “cake and eggs”.

9 March on the territory of Ingushetia, near the border with Chechnya, unknown assailants attacked the bus in which there were human rights defenders and journalists. The attackers beat the people, and the bus burned.

Later the correspondent of “media zones” Egor Skovoroda told RBC that after the attack in the burned bus, investigators found traces of burned computers and cameras of journalists. According to Pan, the electronics are not able to burn completely and, most likely, was stolen during the attack.

A few hours after the attack on the road lawyer “Committee for the prevention of torture” (CPT) Dmitry Utkin said on Twitter that armed men attacked the headquarters of the human rights defenders of the joint mobile group checkpoint in the Ingush Karabulak. On it the Asses, the armed people drove up to the headquarters on five machines, one of them turned off the surveillance camera installed in the entrance and three others climbed into the room through the window.