The Topography of Abductions in The North Caucasus
In March 2008, armed and masked police officers in military fatigues arrested Eldar Navruzov in Makchatchkala, Dagestan. They drove him to an undisclosed location and said:
-Don’t make it any worse for yourself, confess that you’re a Wahhabi.
At first he refused, but after hours of sustained torture he gave in. His confession stated that he was part of a gang led by Vadim Budaev, who had been killed earlier that year. Two months after his arrest, Eldar’s case was assigned a lawyer, but the testimonies of neighbors who witnessed the abduction were not added to his case until eight months later. In February 2009, Eldar was released, but forbidden to leave town until the trial. He was abducted again in November 2009 and remains missing.