A vocal critic of strongman Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has reportedly been hospitalized after being beaten and having his family threatened by a Chechen state television journalist.
Minkail Malizayev’s wife and children were deported from Germany last week after their asylum application was rejected, the Kavkaz.Realii news website reported.
In a YouTube video published Sunday, Malizayev said he refused to record a video apology to Kadyrov after sending an audio apology to a man who introduced himself as state Chechen television correspondent Beslan Dadayev.
According to Malizayev, Dadayev said he was sent by his boss Akhmed Dudayev and Kadyrov with a warning that “your wife will be raped and we will kill all your children if you don’t record a video address.”
The fate of Malizayev’s family in Russia remains unclear, Kavkaz.Realii said.
“They beat me severely [...] They broke my hand, my foot, and injured my head,” Malizayev said, naming Dadayev and a Berlin-based Chechen he called Mayirbek as his attackers.
Kavkaz.Realii reported that a “group of anonymous avengers” tracked down and beat Dadayev and his partner later on Sunday, citing an uncorroborated video that claimed to show the act of revenge.
“If I get deported, death awaits me in Russia,” Malizayev said in closing.