Mass graves in Chechnya

Mass Graves In Chechnya

Mass graves in Chechnya

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In Chechnya, mass graves containing hundreds of corpses have been uncovered since the beginning of the Chechen wars in 1994.

As of June 2008, there were 57 registered locations of mass graves in Chechnya. According to Amnesty International, thousands may be buried in unmarked graves including up to 5,000 civilians who disappeared since the beginning of the Second Chechen War in 1999., The Jamestown Foundation, May 24, 2007

In 2008, the largest mass grave found to date was uncovered in Grozny, containing some 800 bodies from the First Chechen War in 1995., Agence France-Presse, June 21, 2008 Russia's general policy to the Chechen mass graves is to not exhume them.


In a , Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented eight unmarked graves in Chechnya, all of which were discovered in 2000 and 2001; HRW has also documented eight cases in which dead bodies were simply dumped by roadsides, on hospital grounds or elsewhere. The Memorial Human Rights Center also has documented numerous cases. The majority of the bodies showed close-range bullet wounds, typical of summary executions, and signs of mutilation (examinations of some of these bodies by doctors have revealed that some of the mutilations were inflicted while the detainees were still alive,, Human Rights Watch, March 2001 indicating that the victims were also...
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