Investigators of the Ministry of internal Affairs are unable to find the attackers on journalists and human rights defenders, to the reply to the Deputy interior Minister Alexander Savchenkova, which was sent to the Chairman of the presidential Council on human rights (HRC) Mikhail Fedotov, April 2, 2016. The document is published on the website of the HRC.
The attack on the staff of several publications and activists from the “Committee for the prevention of torture” were committed on 9 March on the territory of Ingushetia near the border with Chechnya. People in masks surrounded the minibus in which there were about 20 people, started hitting the glass, and when the press tour participants left the transport, they began to beat and set fire to the car. After the attack of unidentified people fled towards the border with Chechnya.
The attack affected employees “of the Committee for the prevention of torture” Nizhny Novgorod Residents Ivan and Ekaterina Vankova, blogger Michael Solunin and ex-correspondent of “Kommersant”, member NNOOOO New Anton Prusakov, the correspondent of magazine The New Times, the Internet-editions “the Media”, as well as reporters from Sweden and Norway.
In the letter the Deputy Minister noted that the preliminary investigation was entrusted to the group, which included staff from the investigations unit for investigation of organized criminal activity SU Ministry of internal Affairs of Ingushetia and the investigative part of the “dome” of the Ministry of internal Affairs in the district. They were proceedings instituted under three articles “hooliganism” and “deliberate destruction or damage of property made from hooligan promptings by an arson” and “robbery” (part 2 of article 213, article 167 and part 2 of article 162 of the criminal code).
“At the initial stage of investigation conducted a significant amount of investigative actions, however, to establish the perpetrators of the crime, it was not possible” — said Savenkov in his response. According to him, on 24 March, the Ingushetia Prosecutor’s office transferred the case to the Republican Department of the TFR, because the prosecution has added an article “impeding the professional activities of journalists” (part 3 of article 144 of the criminal code).
The next day after the attack, President Vladimir Putin instructed the interior Ministry to clarify the circumstances of attacks on journalists and human rights defenders on their way to Chechnya. The Ministry of internal Affairs of Ingushetia took witnesses on this criminal case and the victims under gothamite, which operated only on the territory of the Republic.
Instituting proceedings under the article on “the obstruction of the professional activities of journalists” to the Russian investigative Committee said on March 30. The Ministry clarified that the investigation of this article and the rest three were United in one production and business are employees of the Republican Department of the Ministry of internal Affairs and SKR.