The owner of a news website that criticised the Kremlin was shot dead yesterday. Magomed Yevloyev, who opposed the Russian-backed administration of Ingushetia, was detained by police when he landed at the region’s airport, according to colleagues. A report from the Russian news agency Interfax said Mr Yevloyev, whose website has survived repeated official attempts to close it down, was shot by accident.
A source was quoted as saying that while officers were transferring him ‘to an interior ministry office, an incident occurred in which Mr Yevloyev received a gunshot wound to the temple area’.
Ingushetia is in the Russian North Caucasus and borders Chechnya and North Ossetia.
Accidentally got capped upside the head. Accidentally?? Yeah, and all the people opposed to Idi Amin accidentally died in bus crashes.
The authorities in the volatile province in southern Russia said Magomed Yevloyev was shot in the head accidentally while resisting arrest, the Paris-based non-governmental organization reported.
According to The Associated Press, the site’s deputy editor Ruslan Khautiyev said that Yevloyev arrived in Ingushetia from Moscow on Sunday on the same plane as regional President Murat Zyazikov. He said the police blocked the jet on the runway after it landed in Ingushetia’s provincial capital, Magas, boarded the plane and took Yevloyev off.
Yevloyev was then whisked away in a car and later dumped at the side of a road with a gunshot wound to the head, he said.
Magomed ... Mohammed? Do we have a case of an islamic activist getting offed here? Or are the New Reds equal opportunity thugs?
An impoverished province with a largely Muslim population, Ingushetiya has suffered for almost a decade from unrest spilling over from neighboring Chechnya.
President Zyazikov’s administration is battling a low-level Islamist insurgency, who launch frequent attacks on Russian servicemen and law enforcement officials. In response, Russia has launched a counterinsurgency campaign that has been criticized by human rights group for abuses such as arbitrary detentions and extra-judicial executions.
Over the years, Yevloyev had fiercely criticized Zyazikov. Last year, he accused Zyazikov on his Web site of hiring hit-men to kill him, Reporters Without Borders said.
I found a link to a page that tells a very, very different story: the arrest of this guy was carried out using a whole squadron of cops, and a street battle ensued between the cops and Yevloyev’s supporters.
“In a few minutes after the departure of president’s motorcade, another cavalcade of armored cars drove up to the plane – two UAZ cars and four Volgas. Armed to-the-teeth policemen poured out of the cars. Interior Minister Musa Medov was among them. Having seen Magomed Evloev, the policemen went for him to drag into the UAZ,” Khazbiev said.
It was the action-thriller then.
Relatives and friends of Evloev rushed to rescue him, breaking glass doors and pushing away airport guards, to no avail though. The police fired down a few bursts and escaped with Evloev by emergency route.
His body was dumped by the side of the road. Some accident.
The Kremlin against the Moosies! Crap, who do I cheer for?
Oh and by the way did someone have a seance and resurrect Josef Stalin? There was a man who knew how to get things done.
What revoltin’ developments.
I’m working on a theory that when Putin made a personal visit to the Bush compound a few years ago, that they decided to restart the cold war. There were some bad times, but between their client states and our client states, the pissants were generally kept local and under control. Yeah, I know there were a lot of exceptions, but consider the current situation.
Now that’s gotta be the king of conspiracy theories! But you know, it could work. IF both sides could keep the “exceptions” in line. But Africa and the Muddle East are just too ornery to play along, and these days their exceptions become world-wide problems very quickly.
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