Ingushetia: Criminal Case Opened into Abduction of Resident of Gamurzievo Village

posted 27 Jul 2011, 11:19 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jul 2011, 11:23 ]
26 July 2011

Memorial Human Rights Centre

Translation by Memorial

Human Rights Center “Memorial” reported earlier on the abduction, on July 20, 2011, of Zurab Khambulatovich Albogachiev, a resident of the town of Nazran in the Republic of Ingushetia (

On July 25 at 5:30 pm, the investigator of particularly important cases for the investigation department of the city of Nazran Investigative Directive for the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Ingushetia, Lt. A.M. Yevloev, decided to institute criminal proceedings on the grounds of the crimes provided for in subsection "a", "d" of Part 2 of Article 126 (abduction) and item "a" of Article 161 (robbery) of the Criminal Code.

As of July 25, attempts to locate Albogachiev have not succeeded.

Recall that on July 20 he was abducted by unidentified armed men from the "Madrid" taxi park in Nazran. On July 21 at the Albogachiev home, staff of the Investigative Committee and the Nazran district police department conducted a search within the investigation of a criminal case regarding the explosion of a car containing police officers. According to the Investigative Committee's investigator Zakry Kurkiev, Albogachiev is suspected of involvement in the explosion based on the testimony of his neighbor, a certain Agiev. The investigator also said that he knew nothing about the detention and whereabouts of Albogachiev.

The same day, the investigator questioned Agiev. He retracted his earlier testimony, stating that he had given them under pressure. Agiev told relatives of Albogachiev that on July 20 he was detained by officers of ORB (operational search bureau) not far from the place where the car carrying police officers exploded. Fearing that he would be accused of involvement in the crime, he slandered Zurab, telling police officers that Albogachiev had been at the scene before the explosion. Agiev then refused to give official testimony.

On January 19, 2010, Zurab Albogachiev was detained by the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Ingushetia. Then he was kept in the Ministry building for a few hours and asked about the whereabouts of his elder brother Magomed Albogachiev, born 1979, who in 2007 left home and has been missing so far. Information about the arrest was later confirmed by official response from the prosecutor's office in Nazran, which reported that Albogachiev was taken to the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Ingushetia for the conversation, as his elder brother Magomed is a member of illegal armed groups.

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July 26, 2011--
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