Ingushetia

Political prisoners in Ingushetia

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Sarifa Sautieva

was born on May 1, 1978 in the village of Novy Redant, Malgobeksky District. She now lives in the Ingush city of Sunzha. She is a member of the Ingush National Unity Committee. Former deputy director of the state institution “Memorial Complex for Victims of Repressions“ in Ingushetia.

Sautieva graduated from the Department of History of Ingushetia State University, then worked as a history teacher and later as a librarian. In 2013, she completed her postgraduate study in museum studies at Krasnodar University, specialising in the restoration and preservation of cultural monuments. In 2014, she became deputy director of the “Memorial Complex for Victims of Repressions“ in Ingushetia, from where she was fired in 2018 for her participation in nationwide protests against the transfer of land to the neighbouring Chechen Republic in Magas.

She is charged under Part 2 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“organising the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities or his relatives in connection with the performance of his official duties”, up to 10 years imprisonment), and under Part 2 of Art. 282.1 (from 16 January 2020 – “participation in an extremist community, that is, an organised group of persons for the preparation or commission of extremist crimes”, up to 6 years imprisonment). She was held in pre-trial detention from July 12, 2019 until March 10, 2021, after which she was transferred to house arrest and re-taken into custody on March 16, 2021.

Sautieva complained that she had been detained since November 22, 2019 without warm clothes, hygiene items or medication. At the same time, she was diagnosed with diabetes.

On February 6, 2020, Sautieva, supported by lawyers from the Human Rights Centre “Memorial”, filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights for violation of Articles 3 (prohibition of torture), 5 (right to liberty and security) and 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) of the European Convention on Human Rights. In her complaint she points to the unjustified detention and the fact that the real purpose of her persecution was the authorities’ desire to destroy the Ingush opposition.

Sarifa Sautieva is situated now in the pre-trial detention facility No. 1 in Nalchik.

You can write a letter to Sarifa at the following address:

Sarifa Sautieva
Ul. Vologirova, 20
360051, Nalchik

Akhmed Pogorov

was born on January 1, 1963, co-chairman of the Ingush National Congress and former Interior Minister of Ingushetia (2002–2003).

In 1990, he graduated from the Higher Investigations School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR. In 2000, he graduated from the Administration Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. He has been a PhD in Law since 2008.

He has received numerous awards, including the Order of Courage, a state decoration, awarded by the Presidential Decree of 16.04.1997.

In recent years, he has lived permanently in Moscow with his family. To support the protests against the transfer of the lands to Chechnya, he flew to Ingushetia on October 4, 2018 and took an active part in them. Subsequently, at the suggestion of the public, he was elected as a head of the Ingush National Unity Committee and, together with other activists of the protest movement, led the political struggle for the interests of the Ingush people. He took an active part in a protest held in the city of Magas of the Republic of Ingushetia on March 26-27, 2019. During that protest he has made a number of public statements.

In an open letter to Russian human rights organizations and the competent authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, he explicitly mentions the events that took place during that protest, which subsequently led to a large wave of arrests. He describes in details the mismanagement of the responsible Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Mikhail Poleshchuk, who has done nothing to de-escalate the conflict situation.

Having been on the wanted list for almost two years, on February 26, 2021, Akhmed Pogorov was detained by a special operations group at his parents’ home in the Ingush town of Karabulak and transported to Nalchik, to the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic.

He is charged under Part 2 of Art. 282.1 of the Criminal Code (“participation in an extremist community, that is, an organised group of persons for the preparation or commission of extremist crimes”) and Part 2 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code (“organising the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities or his relatives in connection with the performance of his official duties”).

Bagaudin Khautiev

was born on July 19, 1990 in the village of Sholkhi (Oktyabrskoye) in the Prigorodny District of North Ossetia. Chairman of the Council of Youth Organisations of Ingushetia, member of the Ingush National Unity Committee.

His family was forcibly deported from Prigorodny District in the autumn of 1992, and for 13 years they lived in a trailer in Nazran, a then-refugee city, in rather cramped conditions. Their mother worked as a midwife, and their father as a high-ranking official of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In 1996, Khautiev’s 4-year-old sister died as a result of a fire accident in their trailer.

In 2011, Khautiev successfully graduated from the Faculty of Law of Ingushetia State University. During his studies he was elected as a chairman of the Coordinating Council of Youth Organisations of the Republic of Ingushetia, whose activities are aimed at cooperation between civil society and the authorities. He is a corresponding member of the International Youth Movement. He received a letter of thanks from the Moscow Helsinki Group for this work. In 2010 he was awarded the State Duma Deputies’ Reserve badge of honour and won the fifth All-Russian competition “My Legislative Initiative”. Since 2012 he has headed the Ingush branch of the Association of Lawyers of Russia. He won several cases in the Constitutional Court of Ingushetia: for example, on granting benefits to families with many children; on granting and reimbursing part of additional expenses; on granting of subsidies to orphans. At the same time, he was editor-in-chief of the republican youth newspaper “The Ingush Times”. He also investigated the embezzlement of budgetary funds of the Republic of Ingushetia. In 2015, he won the Civil Society Hero award of the human rights organisation “MAShR“ in the category of civil courage. Most recently, he worked as a lawyer in the private firm “Kovcheg”.

Khautiev is the father of three children, his wife Marina is expecting a fourth child, and he is also helping his parents and relatives.

He was detained early in the morning on April 3, 2019 and transported to Kabardino-Balkaria. Relatives and friends were not told his exact location for several days.

He was charged under Part 2 of Art. 318 (“the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities”). On January 16, 2020 this charge was expanded and now includes charges under  Part 2 Art. 282.1, Part 3 Art. 33, and Part 2 Art. 318. Khautiev has poor health and is in poor condition.

You can write a letter to Bagaudin at the following address:

Bagaudin Khautiev
Ul. Vologirova, 20, SIZO № 1
360051, Nalchik

Barakh Chemurziev

was born on May 17, 1969 in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Today he lives in the Stanytsia Troitskaya (name of Cossacks’ settlement) in the Sunzhensky District of Ingushetia. He is chairman of the public movement “Support of Ingushetia”, member of the Ingush National Unity Committee/INUC, and member of the presidium of the World Congress of the Ingush People.

Father of three children (aged 6–17), one of whom is a minor and the eldest is a disabled person of the 1st group (cerebral palsy).

Chemurziev graduated from Grozny Polytechnic College in 1988, specialising in technical maintenance and repair of vehicles, and took part in the Russian paramilitary association in support of the army, including as a paratrooper. Later he did his military service in the construction forces of the Russian army. He subsequently studied economics and finance in St. Petersburg, successfully completing and receiving his PhD in 1996. He also studied economic management in St. Petersburg and successfully completed his studies in 2003. During his studies he worked in various fields to support himself and his family members, who by then had become refugees in Ingushetia as a result of the Chechen war.

From 2008 to 2018 he worked as an associate professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics before returning to his parents’ home in Ingushetia with his family at the age of 49.

There, a year later, he was charged under Part 3 of Art. 33 and Part 2 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code (“organising the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities or his relatives in connection with the performance of his official duties”, up to 10 years imprisonment), as well as under Part 2 of Art. 282.1 of the Criminal Code (“participation in an extremist community”, up to 6 years imprisonment). He has been in pre-trial detention facility since April 3, 2019.

You can write a letter to Barakh at the following address:

Barakh Chemurziev
Ul. Vologirova, 20, SIZO № 1
360051, Nalchik

Musa Malsagov

was born on March 8, 1972, lives in Nazran (Ingushetia’s largest city with a population of around 100.000). Chairman of the Ingush National Unity Committee/INUC, co-chairman of the World Congress of the Ingush People, chairman of the Ingush regional branch of the Russian Red Cross, former member of the Ingush National Assembly from the Russian ruling party “United Russia”.

He served in the Russian army from 1991 to 1993. In 2000, he graduated from the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade. From 1994 to 2003, he headed the trading companies Kiriya Ltd and Farmakon Ltd. He has been involved with the Russian Red Cross (RRC) since 2003, and in 2005 became Deputy Chairman of the Russian Red Cross for the North Caucasus. From 2011 to 2016 he was a member of the People’s Assembly of the Republic of Ingushetia representing the “United Russia“ party. He resigned after the Council of the People’s Assembly of Ingushetia issued aggressive criticism against residents of the republic, accusing them of attempting to incite interethnic hatred. He is married and has four little children.

He is charged under Part 3 of Art. 33 and Part 2 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code (“organizing the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities or his relatives in connection with the performance of his official duties”, up to 10 years imprisonment), as well as under Part 1 of Art. 282.1 of the Criminal Code (“the establishment of an extremist community”, up to 10 years imprisonment).

He has been in pre-trial detention facility since April 3, 2019.

You can write a letter to Musa at the following address:

Musa Malsagov
Ul. Teplosernaia, 123, SIZO № 2
357500, Pyatigorsk

Malsag Uzhakhov

was born on November 9, 1952 in exile in Kazakhstan. In 1957, his family returned to Ingushetia, where he now lives in the village of Barsuki, Nazranovsky District, Ingushetia. He is chairman of the Council of Teips (traditional tribal clans) of the Ingush people and member of the Presidium of the World Congress of the Ingush People.

Uzhakhov started his path as a carpenter and electrician and later studied and worked his way up to pharmacist. In 1991, he became head of the state pharmacy warehouse and expanded the state pharmacy network. He was president of “Triumph Pharma“ company from 1996 to 2006 and then became head of the Department of Roszdravnadzor in the Republic of Ingushetia until his retirement in 2012.

Since his retirement he has actively participated in public life of Ingushetia. He is married and has three children.

He suffers from diabetes, hypertension and heart problems.

He is charged under Part 3 of Art. 33 and Part 2 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code (“organizing the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities or his relatives in connection with the performance of his official duties”, up to 10 years imprisonment), and under Part 1 of Art. 282.1 (“the establishment of an extremist community”, up to 10 years imprisonment).

In addition, since June 2019, Uzhakhov has been charged with establishing and managing a non-profit organisation, activities of which are associated with encouraging citizens to commit unlawful acts (part 2 of Art. 239 of the Criminal Code, up to 3 years imprisonment). The accusation specifies the Council of the Teips of the Ingush People as such an NGO.

He has been in pre-trial detention facility since April 19, 2019.

He is detained in pre-trial detention facility № 6 in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia-Alania.

You can write a letter to Malsag at the following address:

Malsag Uzhakhov
Ul. Mordovtseva, 6, SIZO № 6
362007, Vladikavkaz

Ismail Nalgiev

was born on October 3, 1991 in the Ingush city of Nazran. He is the founder and head of the regional public organisation “Choice of Ingushetia”, and a member of the Ingush National Unity Committee.

His father died when Ismail was 13, having left five children without a father. In 2018, Ismail’s older brother was shot dead by state counter-terrorism special forces at the age of 24. Details of this horrific story remain unclear to this day. Ismail successfully graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2015 and worked for the human rights organisation “MAShR”.

He is charged under Part 3 of Art. 33 and Part 2 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code (“organizing the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities or his relatives in connection with the performance of his official duties”, up to 10 years imprisonment). Since January 15, 2020, he has been also charged under Part 2 of Art. 282.1 (“participation in an extremist community”, up to 6 years imprisonment).

He is detained in pre-trial detention facility № 1 in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria.

You can write a letter to Ismail at the following address:

Ismail Nalgiev
Ul. Vologirova, 20, SIZO № 1
360051, Nalchik

Akhmed Barakhoev

was born on April 19, 1954 in exile in Kazakhstan. He lives in the village of Novy Redant in the Malgobek District, Ingushetia. He is member of the Ingush National Unity Committee (INUC) and member of the Council of Teips of the Ingush People.

Akhmed’s father, Osman Barakhoev, was a well-known Muslim theologian in the North Caucasus. Persecuted by the Soviet authorities for his theological work, he miraculously survived during the 1930s. After being forcibly deported to Kazakhstan, he was arrested in 1945 and sentenced to death; he managed to survive in prison and returned to his family after Stalin’s death in 1953, with his family he was allowed to return to his Ingush homeland in 1957.

However, they could not return to their native village of Angusht (Tarskoye) in Prigorodny District, as it already belonged to North Ossetia. So they had to settle in the newly-created village of Novy Redant in the Malgobek District of the Republic of Ingushetia.

As a 16-year-old teenager, Barakhoev enrolled at the Faculty of Oriental Languages of Moscow State University; because of the charges for which he was acquitted, he was not allowed to continue his studies in Moscow but was offered a transfer to the Philological Faculty in North Ossetia, he accepted that offer but soon dropped his study as the new faculty did not propose to study Arabic. So, he enrolled the Technical Institute of North Ossetia. Soon he was expelled for taking part in a demonstration for the return of Prigorodny District to Ingushetia, and he transferred again, this time to the Almaty Polytechnic Institute (Kazakhstan). By then, both of Akhmed’s parents were no longer alive.

He returned to Ingushetia in the mid-1980s with a desire to live and work in his homeland. Since the beginning of reformation period, Barakhoev actively advocated the return of Prigorodny District to Ingushetia and became an assistant of Musa Darsigov, a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. After living outside Ingushetia for a long time, he returned again in 2008.

In February 2017, he organised a mourning event to mark the anniversary of the Ingush deportation, which led to a series of persecutions by the authorities (cutting off electricity, gas, water, etc.) and even physical attacks (Akhmed’s car was set on fire).

Nevertheless, the following year he played a leading role in the protest movement against the transfer of Ingush lands to Chechnya.

For that, he was charged under Part 3 of Art. 33 and Part 2 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code (“organizing the use of violence dangerous to life and health against representative of the authorities or his relatives in connection with the performance of his official duties”, up to 10 years imprisonment), and under Part 1 of Art. 282.1 (“participation in an extremist community”, up to 6 years imprisonment). Since January 15, 2020 he has been also charged under Part 3 of Art. 239 of the Criminal Code (“participation in a non-profit organisation, activities of which are associated with encouraging citizens to refuse to perform civic duties or to commit other unlawful acts”, up to 2 years imprisonment).
He has been in pre-trial detention facility since April 3, 2019. On April 25, he was transferred to pre-trial detention facility № 6 in Vladikavkaz, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania without notifying his lawyers and relatives.

You can write a letter to Akhmed at the following address:

Akhmed Barakhoev
Ul. Mordovtseva, 6, SIZO № 6
362007, Vladikavkaz