PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 46/019/2001
16 July 2001
Further information on UA 135/01 (EUR 46/013/2001, 1 June 2001) - Fear for
safety / Fear of torture / prisoner of conscience
RUSSIAN FEDERATIONDik Altemirov, aged 67
Dik Altemirov, who was detained by Russian soldiers on 24 May, is now known
to have been released a few days later. He said he had been treated well, and
believed this was because of the inquiries and letters of support which were
sent to the Russian authorities after he was detained.
The former Chechen vice-president was detained by Russian federal forces in
the Chechen capital, Grozny. He was first taken to a military unit in Grozny
and then moved to a place of detention run by Ministry of Interior troops.
Following inquiries by human rights and intergovernmental organizations,
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson claimed on 19 June that Dik
Altemirov had never been detained and that he was at his home in Grozny.
Because access to the Chechen capital is so difficult, it was impossible until
now to confirm that Dik Altemirov had been released. A member of the Russian
non-governmental organization Memorial spoke to him last week and confirmed
that he had been held for about two days.
No further action is requested from the Urgent Action network. Many thanks
to all who sent appeals.