Further Details on the Extrajudicial Execution of the Galayev Brothers in Sagopshi Village

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ingushetiya.ru 28.09.2007 18:24

The press office of the Regional Social Movement “Chechen Committee of National Salvation” has reported that on 27 September 2007 in the village of Sagopshi in Malgobek District officers of the Russian special forces carried out the killing of the Galayev brothers residing at 77 Oskanov street.

Somewhat conflicting coverage of this incident on the part of the information agencies is understandable, as access to the house, which was cordoned off from early morning until lunchtime, naturally was limited. This is how incorrect information regarding the alleged escalating shoot-out and the injury of two special forces officers etc.came about.

Today, in the course of our own investigation and from the words of eye-witnesses who have visited our office, we have found out the following, word for word:

“At 06:30 in the morning the house of the Galayevs was approached by 4 WAZ vehicles model 469 – one yellow, three silver, belonging to special forces officers. They stopped near the house and quickly took position. Several of them were masked. The commands were given in Ingush and Russian.

Within several minutes they had surrounded the house, which it would be more fitting to call a hut. You’ll hardly find anyone poorer than the Galayevs in this village. In one room, together with his wife Madina, was one of the brothers, Sayid-Magomed Khasanovich Galayev, born 1983. The special forces officers broke into this room and shot defenceless Sayid-Magomed in front of his wife.

At the same time, in the other room, where Ruslan Galayev, born 1986, was with his mother and the 10-year-old boy Sayid-Akhmed, the following took place. Special forces officers also leapt into the room and opened fire at Ruslan, who died in front of his mother and Sayid-Akhmed.

The eldest Tagir at this time was in the yard. He was caught and beaten. Then they brought out of the house the Galayevs’ mother – Fasi, Sayid-Magomed’s wife – Madina, the 10-year-old boy Sayid-Akhmed, and they showered the house with grenades, while the corpses of the two brothers were still in the house. After throwing three grenades with an interval of a few seconds, the special forces officers made Tagir drag his dead brothers out.

Next two APCs, a military “Ural” and a WAZ drove up. The ambulance WAZ drove into the yard, where the corpses were loaded. The special forces officers took Tagir, his mother, the brother’s wife Madina, and drove them away in an unknown direction. The entire “operation” lasted from 06:30 in the morning until 13:00.

The brothers were very devout. Nothing bad about them is said in the village, they live on money honestly earned at building sites, and you could find none poorer than this family in the village. They offered no resistance. If need be, they could have been taken with your bare hands.

After the military servicemen left, the villagers entered the yard and saw against the background of the ruined house the terrified, grief-stricken 10-year-old Sayid-Akhmed, who could not understand what had happened. It is hard to believe that this boy will now have pleasant dreams…

Meanwhile the relatives instead of living persons had corpses returned to them for burial.

They were returned at 16:30.At 19:20 Fasi and Madina were released, and by 20:00 Tagir was too, the elder brother of the killed Galayevs. So that is how the special forces decided at a stroke who should live in this world and who need not!

PRESS OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENT

“CHECHEN COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL SALVATION”

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