Entrance to Vladikavkaz. Photo courtesy of press service in North Ossetia government. http://alania.gov.ru/news/4385

04 January 2019, 11:42

Residents of Chechnya claim groundless detention at North-Ossetian checkpoint

Law enforcers for several hours are detaining five residents of Chechnya at a checkpoint in North Ossetia, insisting on a special inspection of their car. The staff of the checkpoint failed to motivate the need for the inspection and took the documents away from all the family members, Malika Mazaeva, 31, a resident of Grozny and one of the detainees, told the "Caucasian Knot".

According to her story, from 10 p.m. on 3 January, she, along with her sick mother, brother, sister and daughter-in-law, is kept at the checkpoint "Vilnius" at the entrance to Vladikavkaz. The family was on the way to Georgia for rest.

"They stopped us at the checkpoint and asked to show documents. We did everything, gave them a chance to inspect the trunk; they did it; and everything looked fine. We heard the staff talking to each other and giving instructions that [vehicles from] regions Nos. 95 and 06 regions (Chechnya and Ingushetia, – note of the "Caucasian Knot") need to undergo a special inspection. Now, they took away our documents and wouldn't give back," Malika told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent at 0:29 a.m. Moscow time on January 4.

"They tell us that an inspection will be carried out, but don't explain [what grounds they have for this]. My mother is sick, my sister is pregnant; they keep us in cold weather for so long and wouldn't let us go," Ms Mazaeva has complained.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 4, 2019 at 02:16 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Alikhan Mamsurov; Source: CK correspondent

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