The story of an airstrike victim

The recording is in Russian

Place of interview: Republic of Ingushetia, hospital

Interview date: November-December 1999

The interviewee was left homeless during the first Russian-Chechen war (1994-1996). He spoke incoherently, and it could be gathered from the interview that he had also been left without a family as a result of the conflict. However, the circumstances of the events described are not entirely clear. Whilst lying in a hospital bed, the interviewee explained the events that led to his injury.

According to him, on either October 15 or 16, 1999 he headed from the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya in Ingushetia towards the city of Grozny. While on the Rostov-Baku highway in the territory of Chechnya, his car was attacked by a Russian plane. The rocket had exploded nearby and a shock wave had knocked over the car. The wounded man was taken to the 9th city hospital in the city of Grozny, but due to a lack of space and medicine he was transferred to Urus-Martan. After some time, he was taken to Ingushetia and placed for treatment in one of the local hospitals.