Anti-Kremlin website owner shot dead in police custody
Russian police in the troubled region of Ingushetia shot dead a prominent web journalist on Sunday night, shortly after he was taken into custody.
Magomed Yevloyev was arrested after getting off a flight in Nazran, Ingushetia. Kaloi Akhilgov, a lawyer close to the Ingushetiya.ru website run by Yevloyev, said Yevloyev was taken away by police in a car.
"As they drove he was shot in the temple... They threw him out of the car near the hospital," Akhilgov said. Yevloyev received treatment at a local hospital but doctors were unable to save his life.
Local police claim that Yevloyev attempted to seize a policeman's gun as he was been taken away for questioning. He was shot in the head during the ensuing struggle.
A criminal investigation has been opened up into the case but local critics of the Kremlin already fear a whitewash.
Comments published on Yevloyev's website said his death is part of a genocidal campaign by Russian security forces against the Ingush people, the BBC reports. Others said the actions of Russia's para-military forces are increasing calls for Ingushetia to secede from Russia.
Yevloyev has been a long-term critic of Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, a former KGB general who maintains a pro-Moscow policy. The Ingushetiya.ru site regularly ran allegations of brutality by Russian forces in Ingushetia, a small Muslim-dominated province of half a million bordering Chechnya that's one of the poorest regions of Russia.
The region has been the centre of a low-level insurgency featuring ambushes targeting police and other members of the security services. Earlier on Monday two policemen were killed and another wounded following an ambush near a police station. ®
The Great Bear
still alive and kicking.
They will dominate Europe soon, and the next country in population size, no points for guessing which one that is, will most likely mobilize; if centuries of history are anything to go by.
Someone wake up and smell the election ink
I thought i was slow last week when i read the article dated back in May 2008 that announced that Vladimir Putin is no longer the russian president, he left office on 7 May 2008 and was replaced by Dmitry Medvedev.
you can read all about it here:
as much as i agree that russia is ever corrupt and so on, Vladimir Putin is not the correct evil to blame on this...
That's not how I remember it
This is what I remember..........
"More than 15 persons were killed as Georgian armed forces launched fresh offensive late Thursday against separatists from the breakaway region of South Ossetia near the regional capital Tskhinvali, media reports said.
The conflict came close on the heels of a ceasefire offer to South Ossetia from Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili following days of clashes. He urged South Ossetian separatist leaders to join direct talks on resolving the conflict. South Ossetia had also agreed to hold fire until talks.
But a Georgian government statement said separatists launched mortar and artillery attacks on two villages Thursday evening and Georgian forces were forced to respond proportionately to restore order."
What are the Georgians supposed to do? Go to the Russian peacekeepers and say
"yeah, you remember those mortars you gave to the South Ossetians... well, uhh they're using them on us, so could you go ahead and confiscate that stuff and arrest them?"