Svetlana Gannushkina on law enforcement and the evictions in Chechnya

posted 28 Feb 2011, 13:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Feb 2011, 14:30 ]
Svetlana Gannushkina on how law enforcement agencies treat complaints about evictions in Chechnya
“The person I was talking to at the Investigative Committee looked at the complaint he had received and said: ‘Do you want me to tell you what will happen next? These people will come here and withdraw their complaints’. ‘Why?' I ask. And I get the answer: ‘Because they will have visitors in the middle of the night who will come to tell them to do that.’ [...] I hope that now that the letter and the documents [from evicted residents] have been forwarded to the President, the situation may change because the President said: ‘We will resolve this.’ But to be honest, I do not know who can possibly resolve what is happening in Chechnya.” - from Chechnya: The Construction of Argun-City - Dozens of Families Thrown on to the Streets,, 3 February 2011
Svetlana Gannushkina lives in Moscow. A member of the board of the Memorial Human Rights Centre and of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, she heads the Civic Assistance Committee for refugees and IDPs and Memorial's Migration Rights Network.