Homes Of Alleged Militants' Families Torched In Chechnya


December 10, 2014

Residents of Russia's Chechnya region say the authorities are carrying out Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov's orders to destroy the homes of relatives of alleged militants held responsible for attacks.

Residents of the village of Yandi said that masked men arrived in more than a dozen vehicles late on December 8 and set several homes on fire.

On December 6, after 14 policemen were killed in some of the deadliest fighting in the Chechen capital in years, Kadyrov announced that relatives of militants involved in killings would be evicted from Chechnya and their homes "razed down to the basement."

Residents said not all the homes torched in Yandi belonged to families of militants believed to have been involved in the Grozny attack.

Amnesty International said that punishing suspects' relatives is a "flagrant violation of international law" and said Russia must hold an impartial investigation.

In a statement on December 9, it said: "By allowing these alleged acts of collective punishment to go unchallenged, the Russian leadership will be sending a dangerous message that such abuses are actually allowed and encouraged.” 

With reporting by and the "Moscow Times"