Russia has been found guilty of violating the “right to life” of a young Chechen man who disappeared after a Russian general ordered him shot. The landmark European Court of Human Rights’ ruling is the first on a disappearence case in the breakaway region.
The Strasbourg court ruled that the victim’s mother Fatima Bazorkina had suffered inhumane treatment because of the uncertainty surrounding her son’s fate and the failure of the Russian authorities to carry out an effective investigation.
Khadzimurat Yandiyev was last seen in 2000, aged 25, in a television news report along with a Russian general who ordered that he be taken away and “rubbed out”.
Moscow has been ordered to pay his mother 35,000 euros in compensation. Russian human rights’ groups estimate that between 3,000 and 5,000 people have gone missing in the Chechen Republic since the second conflict began there in 1999.