23 August 2010, 13:00

Ingushetian and Chechen disappear on their way to Moscow

On August 10 or 11, on their way from Brest (Belarus) to Moscow, two natives of Northern Caucasus who live in Belgium – Ramzan Makhauri and Islam Borchashvili – disappeared. This was reported by the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial".

"Messrs Makhauri and Borchashvili have been living with their families in Belgium for several years already. Ramzan Makhauri is a native of the Chechen Republic, and Islam Borchashvili had lived in Ingushetia prior to going abroad," the HRC "Memorial" reports with reference to Umar Darchiev, a resident of Ingushetia and a relative of the missing persons.

On August 10 they were registered at the Belarusian border and took the 5:40 p.m. Brest-Moscow train. According to their relatives, they failed to change for the train running to Chechnya. Their relatives tried to find them by themselves but were unsuccessful.

As of August 23, the whereabouts of Ramzan Makhauri and Islam Borchashvili was not established.

In autumn 2007, Khedi Makhauri, Ramzan's mother, won her case versus Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The ECtHR concluded that in her case the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) were broken, in particular, the rights to life and efficient remedies.

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