This report was researched by Malcolm Hawkes, researcher, Europe and Central Asia division, Human Rights Watch, Peter Bouckaert, emergencies researcher, Human Rights Watch, Alexander Petrov, deputy director of the Human Rights Watch Moscow office, and Johanna Bjorken, consultant to the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch. The report was written by Malcolm Hawkes. It was edited by Rachel Denber, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch, Michael McClintock, deputy program director, Human Rights Watch, Wilder Tayler, general counsel, Human Rights Watch, and Elizabeth Andersen, advocacy director, Europe and Central Asia Division. Invaluable technical support was provided by Yulia Dultsina and Natasha Zaretsky, Europe and Central Asia Division associates, who also helped proofread the report. Liudmila Belova, associate, Moscow office, Maria Pulzetti, intern, Moscow office and Jagdish Parikh, online researcher, also provided invaluable support.
Human Rights Watch wishes to express its profound gratitude to the people of Novye Aldi for their courage in speaking out about the tragedy of February 5. In particular we would like to thank those who braved genuine danger to travel from Aldi to Ingushetia to be interviewed by Human Rights Watch researchers. We hope that this report will go some way to help ease their pain and represent the first determined step on the road to demanding justice for the victims.
We gratefully acknowledge the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Moriah Fund, and the John Merck Fund for their generous support.