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Russian border guards hold four sisters from Dagestan at the Upper Lars checkpoint who were trying to escape from their relatives. This was reported to Meduza by the SK SOS Crisis Group, which helps LGBT people in the North Caucasus.
In Upper Lars there are sisters Khadizhat and Patimat Khizriev, as well as second cousins Aminat Gazimagomedova and Patimat Magomedova. When they tried to cross the border, their passports were taken away. They were also asked for permission to move from their parents – although all the girls are of legal age.
Lawyer Leysan Mannapova arrived at the checkpoint, cooperating with the Crisis Group “SK SOS”. The checkpoint officer told her that the girls were not allowed to leave because of debts. The lawyer provided certificates of no debts. Then the border guard, according to Mannapova, “confessed that he was waiting for a signal from the leadership.”
“We believe that right now the girls are being illegally detained at the Upper Lars checkpoint in order to be handed over to their relatives, from whom they were fleeing. They are in mortal danger!” – said the Crisis Group “SK SOS”.
According to human rights activists, in childhood, the sisters were subjected to “female circumcision”. In addition, the family demanded “religious obedience” from them and regularly subjected them to physical violence. The girls decided to run away when they wanted to marry one of them to a cousin.
Journalist from Dagestan Svetlana Anokhina posted in facebook video in which the sisters talk about how they lived in the family. Unfortunately, there is a huge chance that we will be killed. [после возвращения домой]’ said one of the girls in the video.
At the Upper Lars checkpoint, Russian border guards are holding four Dagestani girls who have fled domestic violence, human rights activist Svetlana Anokhina said.
The girls are asked not to extradite them to their relatives
Video: Svetlana Anokhina pic.twitter.com/VMedw3LZ3e
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According to the Crisis Group “SK SOS”, after the detention of the sisters at the Verkhniy Lars checkpoint, employees of the Ossetian OMON arrived. They told the lawyer that relatives had filed a complaint about the kidnapping of the girls and that they were on the list of missing persons.
By data “SK SOS”, later the relatives of the sisters themselves came to the checkpoint, from whom they tried to escape. They were allowed to see the girls, despite requests not to do so. The mother of Patimat and Khadizhat Khizriev, as well as their cousin, tried to take the girls home by force. Later, at the request of the lawyer, the relatives were taken out, and now they are right in front of the exit from the premises where the girls are being held.
“The police officers promised to “protect” the girls with machine guns, but said that they could not “drive the relatives” away from the building. To explain why they called the relatives of the girls, and now they are “protecting” from them – the police, like the checkpoint officers, refuse,” writes Crisis group “SK SOS”.
Employees of the Russian power structures have repeatedly prevented the attempts of women from the North Caucasus to leave their families. One of the last known cases is the story of the Chechen Khalimat Taramova. In the summer of 2021, she fled from Chechnya to Makhachkala, where she hid in a crisis apartment for abused women. Taramova wrote down an appeal in which she asked not to put her on the wanted list. However, soon the Chechen police stormed the apartment and took the woman back to Chechnya. For some time there was no information about the fate of Taramova. In September, her appeal appeared on social networks, in which she said that “people are spreading false rumors” that she was “killed, kept in the basement, harassed”, but in fact she is “fine” and is in the circle of her family .
More about the history of Khalimat Taramova
- “We begged not to be handed over to Chechnya” In Dagestan, the security forces destroyed a shelter for victims of domestic violence – and took a girl who had run away from her family to Chechnya. Before that, the police promised to protect her.
- As Meduza found out, Chechen Khalimat Taramova was tried to be “treated” for her relationship with her girlfriend in a clinic without a license It was reported that Halimat again tried to escape from Chechnya. But whether she is still alive is unknown.