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Founder and webmaster of Ingush opposition website killed

Categories: Russia, Advocacy

The founder and webmaster of the Ingush opposition news website Ingushetiya.Ru [1], Magomed Yevloyev, was killed while in police custody. His website reported [2] that Magomed was shot in the head after being arrested by the Ingush authorities on his arrival at Nazran (Magas) airport. He has passed away in hospital.

The president of Ingushetiya, Murat Zyazikov, was on the same flight. At the airport Zyazikov ordered the police to arrest Yevloev, and he was put in a police car. Yevloev’s body was then delivered to the republican hospital in Nazran, now with a bullet also in his head.

Magomed is a prominent opponent of the pro-Kremlin president of Ingushetiam, Murat Zyazikov. According to the Miami Herald [3], Yevloyev has angered Russia with criticism of police treatment of civilians in the region. “A court in June ordered him to shut his site on charges of spreading “extremist” statements, but it reappeared under a different name.