Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed president has promised a full investigation into an alleged raid on a Chechen village. Residents have fled to neighbouring Dagestan saying they are afraid after pro-Russian militia arrested 11 men earlier this month. Alu Alkhanov urged villagers to go home, saying: “I take full responsibility and recognise my guilt in what has happened, and this is why we have come here, to say that nothing like this will ever happen again here.”
Russia’s regional counter-terrorist chief has denied his troops were involved in any operation in the village of Borozdinovskaya on 4 June, the date of the alleged raid. More than 200 families have been living in a makeshift camp over the border in Dagestan since then. Human rights groups accuse Russian troops of abducting and torturing men captured during searches. Russia says Islamic Chechen rebels are behind such raids.