Letter to Yuri Chaika, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Yuri Chaika Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
Dear Mr. Chaika,
We are writing to express our profound concern about recent abductions and killings in Dagestan. We have been in touch with the families of six young men who were apparently abducted in September this year. Nariman Mamedyarov; Rashid Abdullaevich Gasanov; Magomed Ilyasovich Sheihov; Mirza Shakhsuvarovich Kasimov; Sirazhudin Minatulaevich Shafiev; and Sirazhutdin Radzhabovich Umarov left their homes between September 6 and September 10; three of them were later discovered killed and the fate and whereabouts of the other three remain unknown. Nariman Mamedyarov, Mirza Kasimov, and Sirazhutdin Umarov, were among those found dead with gunshot wounds after an alleged clash between law enforcement personnel and insurgents on September 11 near the village of Sirtych in the Tabasaran district of Dagestan. Their relatives, however, insist that they were not involved in insurgency.