The Supreme Court of Chechnya sent for a new consideration a complaint about the refusal of the Investigative Committee to investigate the massacre in the village of Novye Aldy during the second Chechen war. They write about this “Kavkaz. Realities”.
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The prosecutor's office of the republic asked that the decision issued by the Staropromyslovsky District Court of Grozny be left unchanged, referring to the investigation carried out by the investigator.
The Supreme Court of Chechnya noted that investigatorillegally refused to initiate a case due to the expiration of the statute of limitations, since he qualified mass murder under articles on theft and robbery.
“People who committed massacres under the threat of using weapons, killing residents of the village to intimidate them, openly stole and destroyed their documents, property, livestock, set fire to houses and outbuildings. However, misconduct <…> in this part were qualified under Art. “Theft”, “Intentional destruction of property”, “Robbery”, “Theft of documents” and in initiating a criminal case <…> illegally denied due to the expiration of the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution,” the decision of the Supreme Court of Chechnya says.
The cleansing in Novye Aldy took place on February 5, 2000. Soldiers of the Russian army are called responsible for the murder of more than 50 people in the village and nearby areas. In 2017, the ECHR ordered Russia to pay 15 thousand euros to the relatives of the victims, but no one was held responsible for the crime.