The Topography of Abductions in The North Caucasus
On the 25th of March, 2003, a group of twenty armed soldiers forcibly entered the Betav household in Goity, Chechnya. The men threw Isa Betaev and his wife to the floor and held them at gunpoint. Their sons, Ibrahim, 22, and Leche, 21, were dragged into the street, stripped, and driven away in an APC. Isa repeatedly filed for investigation at the Goity prosecution office, but the investigation was dropped several times due to a lack of evidence. In 2008, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg found the Russian military guilty of the kidnap and murderer of the Betaev brothers. The Russian government has yet to conduct a genuine investigation into this case or respond to the ruling. The whereabouts of Ibrahim and Leche remain unknown.