Father dies one day after son was forcibly sent to Ukraine war by Chechen army

A man in Chechnya died of a heart attack a day after his newly mobilized teenage son announced he would be sent to the front lines in Ukraine, according to a Russian human rights organization.

Adam Muradov became ill and died Sept. 28 while praying, the Memorial Human Rights Center reported Tuesday.

Muradov’s 18-year-old son Valid is said to have told the family a day earlier that he was in the occupied Ukrainian region of Lugansk and would soon be “sent to the front”.

The teenager was sent to Ukraine after his mother attended a rally against the mobilization of several dozen women in Grozny on September 21, when Russia announced it would mobilize troops.

Demonstrators were later arrested and taken to the mayor’s office of the Chechen capital.

They were then reportedly beaten by their male relatives after the security forces threatened further ill-treatment.

Among the men was Adam, who was forced to beat his wife, the independent Russian investigative body The Insider reported.

In response to the rally, Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov declared everyone who attended the event “enemies of the state” and called for their male relatives to be sent to Ukraine.

A militant of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stands outside a military mobilization point in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, February 23, 2022. Reuters / ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

Security forces are now demanding Adam’s family refute any information on video about the actions against them, including Valid’s deployment in Ukraine and his mother’s beating, as her case has sparked a “huge resonance” among Chechens, sources told Memorial.

Adam was the uncle of Daud Muradov, a Chechen who was allegedly tortured in Russia and charged with terrorist activities before his death in a Grozny prison in 2021.

Valid was allowed to attend his father’s funeral.

Memorial reported Adam’s death a day after Kadyrov, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, vowed on Telegram to send his sons to Ukraine.

“It’s time to prove yourself in a real fight and I only welcome this desire,” the Chechen leader said, according to a translation of the Moscow Times.

Kadyrov’s three sons, Adam, 14, Eli, 15, and Ahmat, 16, had been trained for combat “almost from their youngest years,” he claimed.

More than 200,000 people have been drafted into the Russian armed forces since Putin announced the mobilization, Reuters reported, citing Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Russia is accused of sending newly mobilized conscripts to the front lines in Ukraine without training.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov at the Kremlin in Moscow December 10, 2015. Reuters

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