Abubakar Osmaev. Photo: screenshot of the video report by the Grozny TV Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=187&v=5Fn_NuKVENo

11 January 2019, 15:14

Author of video about demolition of houses in Shali dead, his relatives publicly report

An author of a resonant video about demolition of houses in Shali died of carbon monoxide poisoning, his relatives reported. They refuted the information that Abubakar Osmaev died from heart problems that worsened after he had been detained and beaten by law enforcers in 2017.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 11, 2017, a large-scale demolition of residential buildings was launched in the centre of Shali to expand the area around the Shali City high-rise complex. The authorities promised new housing for owners of the houses to be demolished. Residents of Shali who had to leave their houses reported that they had to rent housing at their own expense.

On December 25, 2017, the video entitled "Houses of civilians destroyed in Shali" was posted on YouTube. Its authors were detained, and the Chechen TV Channel showed a story reporting about a gathering of resettled city residents with the participation of the Speaker of the Chechen Parliament, who reprimanded three persons for criticizing the demolition of houses.

According to the "Kavkaz.Realii", Abubakar Osmaev experienced the first apoplectic attack in the winter of 2017, when he was detained after publishing a video with the demolition in Shali.

Authors of the TV story stated that relatives asked "to stop absurd conversations" about the possible murder of Abubakar Osmaev.

Meanwhile, Said-Selim Abdulmuslimov, Chechen First Deputy Minister for National Policy, External Relations, Press, and Information, associated the reports about the Abubakar Osmaev's death with an attempt to "destabilize the situation in Chechnya."

Let us remind you that in April 2018, 92 families evicted from their houses in the centre of Shali moved into new houses on the outskirts of the city.

The living conditions in the new place did not correspond to those they had before, Shali settlers reported.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 11, 2019 at 11:56 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondents

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