Amnesty International human rights organization reported the abduction of its employee in Russia. This is stated in a document released by the press service of the Russian division of the organization.
"Oleg Kozlovsky, an Amnesty International researcher who was sent to Ingushetia’s capital Magas to monitor mass protest rallies, was abducted, beaten and subjected to a staged execution by unknown persons who identified themselves as security officials," human rights activists say.
October 5, Kozlovsky arrived in Magas, the capital of Ingushetia, to monitor peaceful protests that began after the leaders of Ingushetia and Chechnya signed an agreement on defining the administrative border between the two regions on September 26.
“The following evening, an unknown person who identified himself as the representative of the protest organizers took Kozlovsky into his car under the pretext of organizing a meeting with the protesters. Instead, the researcher was taken outside the city, where he was beaten and threatened to be shot," reads the message.
Kozlovsky himself said that the abductors introduced themselves as employees of the Center for Combating Extremism.
“They put a gun to my head and said that they were going to kill me. The men called themselves employees of the local Center for Combating Extremism. They demanded from me the names of my contacts in Ingushetia and threatened to kill my wife and children if I report what happened," he said.
Human rights activists report that Kozlovsky was beaten several times and participated in staged executions twice - putting his face down on the ground, putting a gun to the back of his head and threatening to kill him. In addition, they forced Kozlovsky to take off his clothes and took some photos of him naked, threatening to make public the pictures if he told about the abduction.
Realizing that Kozlovsky would not disclose the information known to him, the kidnappers took him to North Ossetia and left him near the airport.
“Before letting go, one of the unknowns said:" Never come back and never write about Ingushetia,” Kozlovsky claimed.
“This violent incident is shocking and alarming. But the authorities should understand that people who hide behind the masks cannot intimidate us,” the director of Amnesty International for Eastern Europe and Central Asia noted.
Kozlovsky clarified that he took his family and left Russia. He hopes to return and continue his work in the near future.
For more than two weeks, people in Ingushetia have been protesting a new regional border between Ingushetia and Chechnia in the streets of Magas, the capital of the Muslim North Caucasus republic. The current events in Ingushetia are ignored by Russian state media.