Published: 14 Mar 2013
Avkhadova and Others v Russia
The applicants are the mother and sisters of Mr Avkhadov, and are residents of Urus-Martan, Chechnya. In the early morning of the 24th April 2001 Mr Avkhadov and his family were at home when several armed men in camouflaged uniforms entered and searched the building, without identifying themselves. The men led Mr Avkhadov away and he was seen being driven off in one of a number of military vehicles parked outside. He has not been seen since. Several young Chechen men were also apprehended on the same night by similarly described men driving military vehicles, some of whom, on release, described being taken to a military zone. The applicants immediately reported the incident and subsequently made numerous appeals, complaining of the abduction of their son and brother. Despite this an investigator did not visit their home until 2 months after the abduction.