‘Disloyal’ officials get tapped and arrested by Chechnya strongman – media

The purge of the ranks is underway in Chechnya as Ramzan Kadyrov suspects a number of the senior officials of disloyalty, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports.

It all started with the case of the mayor of Argun, the second largest city of Chechnya. In overheard telephone conversations, Ibragim Temirbayev allegedly made unkind remarks about the president of Chechnya and his associates calling them ‘fools’ and ‘beardies’ [allusion to devout Islamic religiosity – Belsat.eu]. As the conversation was tapped, Temirbayev lost his position and liberty.

The official was detained, as well as his family members, colleagues and even security guards. The wave of arrests continued. The suspected are being kept in secret detention centres; no official charges have been brought against them.

By the moment, Kadyrov is known to have fallen out of graces with former emergency situations minister Ruslan Yakhyayev, former forestry minister Dikomagomed Mulyayev, former social minister Khalid Vaykhanov and former interior minister Apti Alaudinov.

According to the Novaya Gazeta, the detainees are subjected to torture, during which they are forced to confess their disloyalty. Even Russian federal officials are unable to gain their release.

Chechnya has a network of secret detention facilities for those who happen to be an eyesore to the authorities. At the beginning of 2016, the Chechen police grabbed a lot of people allegedly involved in same-sex relations. A number of journalistic investigations revealed that gay men were tortured and even killed in Chechnya.

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