Yet another human rights activist has been abducted in Chechnya. Zarema Gaysanova, 40, a member of the Danish Refugee Council’s (DRC) staff in Grozny, was kidnapped from her house by unknown armed people on 31 October 2009. The men broke into the house, grabbed Zarema without any explanation, and took her away to an unknown direction. Rikke Johannessen from DRC’s Caucasus Desk confirmed the news about Zarema’s abduction.
Zarema’s relatives have not received any information about her whereabouts. They accused members of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in Chechnya of being responsible for the abduction. On 3 November 2009, they asked Lyudmila Alexeyeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, for help. Ms Alexeyeva was in Magas, capital of neighbouring Ingushetia, where she attended a conference about terrorism. There is, however, as yet no information about Zarema’s fate.