Published: 16 Feb 2016 | By Cornelia Klocker

Dalakov v Russia

Case Summary

Case No. 35152/09
Judgment date: 16 February 2016

The applicant, Magomed Dalakov, lives in Karabulak, Ingushetia, and is the uncle of Apti Dalakov, who was killed by security forces in autumn 2007.

At around 17:00 on 2 September 2007, Apti Dalakov and his friend left a computer club in Karabulak. While they were walking down the street two minivans without number plates pulled over, armed men emerged from the vehicles, aimed at Mr Dalakov and his friend and, without warning, opened fire. Mr Apti Dalakov was killed by several shots in the back and the back of his head as he was running away. The men placed a live hand grenade under Mr Dalakov’s dead body, which was deactivated following the arrival of local police and special police forces at the scene. The armed men responsible for killing Mr Dalakov were arrested and identified as members of the Ingushetia Federal Security Service (FSB). The killing was witnessed by a number of local residents.

The applicant submitted that the killing of his nephew violated the procedural and substantive limbs of the right to life under Art. 2 ECHR as the killing was executed by State agents and no effective investigation into the case took place. The applicant was represented by EHRAC and Memorial HRC.

Read the full case summary in the Winter 2016 Bulletin.