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December 29, 2008

An Ingush aide to the prosecutor of Nazran is wounded in the North Ossetia

REGNUM: An Ingush aide to the prosecutor of the city of Nazran, Mr.Khamkhoev, was wounded in the North Ossetia near village of Maiski. The aide was wounded and brought to a hospital.

December 27, 2008

Another Ingush national unlawfully detained by Ossetian policemen

Ingushetia.org: Another Ingush national, Magomed Abukarovish Kushtov, was unlawfully detained by Ossetian policemen on the Bazorkinski (renamed to chermenski after the Ingush genocide of 1944) crossroad of the Ossetian occupied Ingush territories. He was brought to the headquarters in the village of Sholkhi (renamed to octyabrskoe after the Ingush genocide of 1944).

Two explosions rock the road between Malgobeck and Sagopshi.

FINAM: Two explosions occurred on the road between town of Malgobeck and village of Sagopshi. No injuries were reported.

An Ingush national abducted by masked men

Ingushetia.org: 26DEC2008 Islam Akhmedovich Malsagov was abducted by unknown gunmen when he was returning from his work. The abductors were Slavic in appearance, some of them were wearing ski masks, and they were speaking Russian. If you have any information about the abductors or whereabouts of Islam please contact Ilyas Malsagov the oldest brother of Islam. His phone number is 7(903)487-0411.

Russian news agecy REGNUM had additional information: the abductors with the victim were moving in the direction of the North Ossetia.

December 25, 2008

RIA-Novosti: Twelve armed men carry ten guns.

RIA-Novosti: "NAZRAN, December 25 (RIA Novosti) - Twelve militants were killed during a special counterterrorism operation in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, a spokesman for the local police said on Thursday.

"Twelve members of illegal armed formations have been eliminated, 10 firearms and a batch of ammunition were confiscated," the spokesman said.

Ingushetia has seen an increase in fighting between federal forces and militants of late.

On Wednesday the Federal Security Service's (FSB) Ingushetia department announced it had launched a counterterrorist operation in the village of Alkun and the neighboring forest.

An FSB spokesman earlier said the operation was scheduled to end at 5 p.m. Moscow time (14:00 GMT) on Thursday"

Two Ingush civilians killed by cops

Ingushetia.org: 25DEC2008 Two Ingush civilians Uruskhan Nalgiev and Bashir Chergizov were killed today when policemen opened fire at them. It will be most likely classified as a 'case of mistaken identity'.

Unknown gunmen fire at a funeral procession of an Ingush policeman

Ingushetia.org: Unknown gunmen fired at the funeral procession of the Ingush policeman, Rashid Dzaurbekov, who was killed a day ago near village of Achaluki. No casualties were reported at this moment.

December 24, 2008

A car carrying Ingush police chief attacked, driver killed

Ingushetia.org: 24DEC2008 A car carrying the Ingush police chief Mukhazhir Evloev came under fire around 14:00 near village of Achaluki. His driver, Rashid Dzaurbekov, was killed.

December 22, 2008

Medicins Sans Frontieres: Ingushetia among "The world's 10 most under-reported crises"

IOL:"The world's 10 most under-reported crises were recorded by the MSF in the Central African Republic, Chechnya and Ingushetia, Colombia, the DRC, Myanmar, malnutrition, Somalia, Sri Lanka, tuberculosis and Zimbabwe."

December 20, 2008

Kavkaz-uzel:"Human rights activists of Ingushetia protest against Murad Gasaev's extradition"

Kavkaz-uzel: "Ingushetian human rights activists voice their protest against Murad Gasaev's extradition to Russia as promised by the government of Spain. They fear that he can be tortured in Russia.

"We know that European countries find observance of human rights as paramount priority and claim to be leaders in this area. However, by Murad Gasaev's extradition Spain breaks the rights of this person, since in Russia he can be subjected to prosecution," Magomed Mutsolgov, head of the ANCO "Mashr" and a member of the Board at the Russian Ombudsman, said in his interview to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

On December 14, it became known that Spain gave its consent on extradition to Russia of a Chechen native Murat Gasaev, who had been announced to international search by the authorities of the Russian Federation as a suspect of participating in terror acts in Ingushetia in 2004. He can be sent to Russia already in December.

In Magomed Mutsolgov's opinion, by doing so "Spain in fact sentences Gasaev, without having any proofs of his guilt, except for Russia's request and Russia's guarantees, and Russia's guarantees are not observed de facto in the future."

"Same as two years ago, I repeat today that if the Russian party can provide Spain with sufficient evidences of Gasaev's guilt, let him try in Spain. Gasaev shouldn't be given out to Russia!" Mr Mutsolgov has stated."

December 13, 2008

Interfax: "Car carrying chief of investigative office in Karabulak blown up"

Interfax: "NAZRAN. Dec 12 (Interfax) - Unidentified attackers have blown up a car carrying Akhmed Khashagulgov, the chief of the Russian Investigative Committee department for Karabulak, Ingushetia. "Unidentified persons detonated an explosive device under a VAZ-2110 car, which is an official car of the head of the Russian Investigative Committee department for Karabulak, at the intersection of Dzhabagiyev Street and Oskanov Street in Karabulak at about 5:10 p.m. Moscow time. He was hospitalized with shrapnel and explosion injuries," the Investigative Committee department for Ingushetia told Interfax. The bomb had been previously attached to the car's bottom, it said. A team of investigators is currently working at the scene. The department also said a criminal case had been opened into the incident on charges of an assassination attempt on a person exercising justice or conducting investigations and illegal trafficking of weapons and munitions, it said. Khashagulgov has been undergoing surgery at a local hospital, it said. "His health state has been estimated as serious but not alarming, and there is no danger to his life," it said."

December 12, 2008

RIAN:"Police officer, civilian wounded in southern Russia"

RIAN: "ROSTOV-ON-DON, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - A police officer and a local resident were wounded on Tuesday in an armed attack in Nazran, the largest town in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, local investigators said.

Preliminary reports said an unidentified person opened fire twice - at the entrance to a police building in Nazran - at around 9.45 a.m. (06:45 GMT).

"As a result a police officer and a civilian received gunshot wounds," the spokesman said adding that the victims were later hospitalized.

The crime scene has been cordoned off and an investigation is underway.

Ingushetia has seen an increase in fighting between federal forces and militants of late."

December 11, 2008

ROSBLAT: "Ingushetia is going to help Meskhetin Turks to return to Georgia"

ROSBLAT: 10DEC2008 Ingush authorities are going to help Meskhetin Turks to return back to their motherland. The Turk population of Ingushetia is about 1,000 people some of the families wanted to go back to Georgia. The Turks also have their own national-cultural organization called "Akhiskha" in Ingushetia.

Notes: Meskhetin Turks is a tiny minority in Russia. As Ingush they were deported and their autonomy was dissolved durig the Stalin's reign of terror. In modern time Cossacks and Russians discriminate them based on their nationality. They are not allowed to live in Southern Russia, such areas as Krasnodar and Stavropol.

December 09, 2008

The Moscow Times: "Opposition Allowed in Ingushetia's Cabinet"

The Moscow Times: "The lawyer for the family of slain Ingush opposition leader Magomed Yevloyev has been appointed as an adviser to the new president of Ingushetia, a move that analysts said is an attempt to stabilize the North Caucasus republic.

Musa Pliyev, who is representing Yevloyev's family in the investigation of the opposition activist's murky death, will advise Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov on law enforcement issues, Pliyev said by telephone Monday from Ingushetia's capital, Magas.

The president signed the decree Sunday, Pliyev said.

A man who answered the phone at the Ingush administration said no one was available to comment because Monday was a religious holiday in the mainly Muslim republic. Yevkurov's press service, however, confirmed the appointment to Interfax on Monday.

Yevloyev, owner of Ingushetiya.ru, which was shut down this summer by authorities on extremism charges, was shot dead in a police car on Aug. 31 after being detained in Ingushetia's main city, Nazran, as he stepped off a plane from Moscow.

The opposition accused then-Ingush President Murat Zyazikov of ordering the killing as retribution for Yevloyev's criticism. Zyazikov denied any involvement but resigned in October after a six-year reign and was replaced by Yevkurov, a military general nominated by President Dmitry Medvedev.

A court in Nazran is to rule Wednesday whether to reclassify Yevloyev's death from manslaughter to murder, Plyiev said.

Shortly after his appointment, Yevkurov tapped Magomed-Sali Aushev, a vocal opposition activist, as a deputy prime minister in the Ingush government. This, along with Pliyev's appointment, shows that Yevkurov is attempting to stabilize the violence-plagued republic by balancing competing clans, political analysts said.

By bringing leading opposition figures into his government, Yevkurov is also trying to distance himself from the highly unpopular Zyazikov, said Maxim Agarkov, a Caucasus analyst with the SK-Strategia think tank.

"At the very least, the Ingush opposition that was very active in the Russian media will not consider Yevkurov a clear enemy," said Nikolai Silayev, a researcher at the Center for Caucasus Studies with the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations.

Silayev said he doubted that Pliyev would hold much sway with law enforcement authorities, but he could become an alternative channel of information for Yevkurov about what is going in Ingush society."

December 07, 2008

Ingushetia.org: Two Ingush nationals killed by Russian special forces

Ingushetia.org: 06DEC2008 Two Ingush nationals Magomed Aushev and Ramzan Uzhakhov were killed in the village of Barsuki by Russian special forces. Eyewitnesses reported that after surrounding the house by the special forces Magomed Aushev, a handicapped man and a father of two children, came out of the house and tried to stop the attackers. He was shot, while wounded the special forces approached him and finished him off with several bullets into the left side of his head.


Ingushetia.org: Magomed Aushev a handicapped man and a father of two.


Ingushetia.org: Ramzan Uzhakhov

December 04, 2008

Ossetian special forces kidnap 55 years old Ingush elder

Ingushetia.org: 03DEC2008 Ossetian special forces kidnapped an Ingush elder Mach-sharip Dzhabagiev 55 years old man from the town of Nazran. A number of Ingush civilians were kidnapped by the special forces and disappeared after new pesident Janus-Beck Evkurov was appointed by the Kremlin. Ingushetia.org claims that Ingush police is unable to stop the kidnappings.

Union of council of Jews: "Police and Neo-Nazis Allegedly Attack Minority Students in Penza "

Union of council of Jews:"Neo-Nazi and police allegedly attacked minority students in Penza, Russia, the latest in a series of violent racist incidents in that city, according to a December 1, 2008 report by the Sova Information-Analytical Center. Citing the independent web site Ingushetia.org, which has been the target of official repression because of its hard-hitting coverage of the situation in Ingushetia, Sova reported today that on September 6, 2008 a group of neo-Nazis attacked medical students from the Russian republics of the Caucasus on their campus. Police responding to news of the violence allegedly started beating the students while cursing them and insulting their ethnic origin. The violence allegedly continued inside the police station before the students were released; one Ingush student has been hospitalized in serious condition, reportedly as a result of the beating.

On November 18, neo-Nazis again attacked minority students, though this time unsuccessfully. A student leader reportedly announced that the students would kill anyone who attacks them. However, attacks on individuals and threats against female students from the Caucasus continue in the city. The local authorities allegedly warned the students not to report the attacks to their parents, on pain of expulsion."

December 03, 2008

ITAR-TASS:"Gunmen kill two police officers in southern Russia"

ITAR-TASS:"VALDIKAVKAZ, December 1 (RIA Novosti) - Unidentified gunmen killed two police officers at a checkpoint in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia near the border with Ingushetia on Monday, an Interior Ministry source said.

The assailants, who were driving a VAZ-2114 vehicle, fired shots at a group of police officers at the checkpoint, killing one of them.

"As the gunmen were making their getaway, they saw a Maiskoye district police inspector driving toward them, and killed him," the source said.

North Ossetia was the focus of international attention in September 2004, when terrorists seized Beslan's School No.1 killing 331 people including 186 children. The republic neighbors the troubled Chechnya, Ingushetia and Georgia, with which Russia fought a brief war in August.

Ingushetia has seen a marked increase in fighting between federal forces and militants of late. The Russia-based human rights group, the Moscow Helsinki Group, said in late September that the republic was on the verge of civil war as fighting between militants and authorities intensified. It also accused federal authorities of torture and abductions."

December 02, 2008

International Herald Tribune:"Mosque worker killed in Russia's Ingushetia region"

International Herald Tribune: "Assailants fatally shot an elderly mosque employee Sunday in the latest deadly violence in Russia's Ingushetia region, police said.

The 70-year-old assistant of the local mufti was shot after two attackers entered the grounds of the mosque in the village of Malgobek early in the morning, the regional Interior Ministry said.

The suspects fled and the motive was not known, police said.

In another Ingush village, Karabulak, police said two men firebombed a store selling liquor — an attack the Interior Ministry said may have been meant to enforce the assailants' perception of Muslim religious law. Some observers say such attacks are often the result of turf wars between rival businesses.

Ingushetia and other provinces in Russia's North Caucasus region continue to be plagued by violence years after the end of major fighting in the government's wars against mostly Muslim separatists in Chechnya."

Police in Chechnya said two Interior Ministry servicemen were seriously injured Sunday by a bomb placed on a forest path.

In neighboring Dagestan, the regional Interior Ministry said at least one police officer and one assailant were killed when gunmen opened fire at police in the regional capital Makhachkala on Sunday night, starting a gunbattle. The ITAR-Tass news agency, citing police, reported that three officers, one civilian passer-by and one attacker were killed."

Interfax:"Private hotel, food store attacked in Ingushetia"

Interfax: "ROSTOV-ON-DON. Dec 1 (Interfax) - Unidentified assailants have attacked a private hotel in Ingushetia's Nazran, a source with the provisional group of troops told Interfax. "Unidentified assailants approached the private hotel in Nazran in a VAZ-2114 vehicle at 0.30 a.m. Moscow time on Sunday and opened gunfire on it. No one was either killed or injured in the attack," the source said. A group of unidentified attackers also opened gunfire on a food store from a VAZ-2114 in the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya, Ingushetia at 2.10 a.m. Moscow time, a source with the Sunzha district police department told Interfax."No one was injured in the incident. However, the building was seriously damaged," the source said. The attackers are being searched for, he added."