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22 July 2015, 15:55

Rights defenders report disappearance of Chechen native in Moscow

Today, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" has announced disappearance of Zaurbek Zhamaldaev, a native of Chechnya, who was deported from Poland.

According to the HRC, Zaurbek Zhamaldaev disappeared on July 8 in Moscow, but the fact became known later from his friend Yusuf, who turned for help to the "Civil Assistance" Committee.

"Yusuf said that they with Zaurbek and two their acquaintances were in the Shopping Centre 'Filion' near the metro station of 'Fili', when they noticed that they were watched from a Lada Priora car," says the release of the HRC "Memorial", received today by the "Caucasian Knot".

"Zaurbek and Yusuf decided to separate, aiming to check who of them was watched. Yusuf left the area and went to a cafe. When he reached the cafe, he asked one of his friends to go for Zaurbek, but the latter wasn't in the area. His both phones were off. Since then, nothing is known about Zaurbek's whereabouts," says the HRC's release.

According to the HRC "Memorial", on July 10, Zhamaldaev's friends lodged an application about his disappearance to the OVD (Interior Division) "Zamoskvorechye". His relatives lodged a similar application to law enforcement bodies of the Chechen Republic.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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