Published 3 April 2012
On December 26, 2008, 23-year-old Renat Shawaliev was taken to a police station in Zelenodolsk, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan. He was never seen again. When his mother Aliya asked the police about the fate of her son, she was told he had escaped from custody. RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service spoke to Aliya about the case.