Published: 1 Jun 2006 | By Dokka Itslaev

Chechen courts: contradictory decisions on disclosure of case files


The majority of criminal cases into disappearances and murders in Chechnya, in which state officials are often alleged to have been involved, are “investigated” for years, as public prosecutors continually suspend the conduct of preliminary inquiries. The circumstances of the crime are accordingly never effectively investigated. Comprehensive and reliable information on the conduct of investigations would at least enable relatives of the victim to monitor the progress of the investigation and pursue their legal rights further if necessary. However, investigators have until recently systematically denied victims access to relevant case materials.

In this article, Dokka Itslaev considers the situation of relatives and victims of crimes and their rights relating to access to case materials according to the Russian Constitution. To read the full article, click on the link below.