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Ingush President Eliminating All Dissent

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There are reports that the President of Russia’s Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, has ordered the killing of the prominent human rights activist, Magomed Mutsolgov. The independent news portal, Angusht.com, cites sources within Ingushetia’s law enforcement agencies saying Yevkurov is eliminating all dissent in the republic.

The sources said that Yevkurov had ordered the assassination of the leader of Ingushetia’s popular opposition movement, Maksharip Aushev, in October 2009. Angusht.com also reported that the attempt to assassinate Imam Khamzat Chumakov on 14 September 2010 was made on the orders of President Yevkurov.

Magomed Ozdoyev, writing on Angusht.com, said Yevkurov wanted Chumakov killed because of the Imam’s influence on young people. As many as 3,000-5,000 people regularly attended his sermons, in which he often accused the local authorities of involvement in extrajudicial killings and kidnappings in Ingushetia.

Moreover, reports say Yevkurov’s security forces have issued a “serious warning” to Magomed Khazbiev, one of the few remaining leaders of the republic’s opposition movement. This was after Khazbiev reported that Yevkurov was behind the assassination attempt on Imam Chumakov. Khazbiev and his family are under constant harassment.




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