Ingushetian authorities deny their involvement in extrajudicial executions and kidnappings

CAUCASIAN KNOT / NEWS

4/7/2008
Ingushetian authorities deny their involvement in extrajudicial executions and kidnappings

The authorities of Ingushetia have no attitude to the murders and kidnappings committed in the territory under their governance, the leaders of this Republic declared at the press conference held on July 1 at the RIA “Novosti” in Moscow. As they said, if the Republic still has this sort of human rights violations, the guilt is on the power structures subordinated to the federal centre.

The meeting with journalists was attended by Tamara Khautieva, deputy chair of the Parliament of Ingushetia; Hadzhibikar Ortskhanov, MP and adviser to President Murad Zyazikov; Vasily Likhachov, representative at the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation from the National Assembly of the Republic of Ingushetia and deputy chairman of the Committee of the Federation Council for international issues; Alexander Brod, a member of Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and director of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau (MHRB); and Natalia Rykova, executive director of the MHRB.

“Since the targeted special operations were spent conducted by federal power agents, certainly there were violations,” the Ombudsman of Ingushetia has not doubt. However, in the opinion of Karim-Sultan Kokurkhaev, human rights organizations and mass media often prematurely and without clear understanding, accuse them of murdering innocent people: “One can’t agree with what they publish: so many people are killed, so many executions committed. They just take the total count of casualties, but there are for sure militants among them, and neither the investigation, nor the court has established that not militants had been killed, but innocent people had suffered.”

See earlier reports: “In Northern Caucasus, murders come in place of kidnappings,” “Human Rights Watch anxious with human rights violations in Ingushetia.”

http://eng.kavkaz.memo.ru/newstext/engnews/id/1224782.html

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In Nalchik Adygeyan New Year’s Day will be celebrated

From: Eagle_wng
In Nalchik Adygeyan New Year’s Day will be celebrated
18.3.2007
     

Circassian public associations of Kabardino-Balkaria organize celebrating of “The spring equinox day” – the Adygeyan traditional agricultural New Year’s Day. In the native language the holiday Adygs name “ Maf’aschkh’atyh” or “G’ara sch’ara sch’yzahach”.

The date of its carrying out is March 22nd 2007, from 1.00 p.m. till 5.00 p.m. The place of its carrying out is Nalchik, Abkhazia square.

The program of the holiday action includes:

1.00-2.00 p.m. Horse procession (a vehicle + 5 horsemen) on the route the town hippodrome –Malbahov’s street – Ossetic street–Lenin Prospect– Abkhazia square.

2.00 -4.00 p.m. Ceremonial actions: ethnographic digression to the history of the ceremony; sacrifice of the black hen; flowing water ablution; cutting of the ceremonial pie; frying on the open fire a ram’s fat tail; game “rolling nuts from the inclined surface”; ceremonial corn grinding in millstones; ceremonial children’s church chanting “Kh’uroma”; the entertainment with ceremonial food.

4.00-5.00 p.m. Adyghe Djegu – national dances.

The list of the holiday’s organizers:

Public organization “K’abardey Adyghe Khase”; the Department of Adygeyan folklore Kabardino-Balkarian institute of humanitarian researches of the KBR government KBR and the Kabardino-Balkarian scientific centre of the Russian Academy of Science; Public organization “Worldwide Circassian Brotherhood”; Public organization “Union of Abkhazian Volunteers”; the Kabardino-Balkarian historical-genealogical society; Shop “Adyghe una”; Cafe “Tameris”.

We invite all wishing to celebrate this joyful day with us. Visitors are waited with surprises and original Adygeyan national cooking, the Worldwide Circassian Brotherhood informed. www.adygaunion.org

Natpress

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Prague Watchdog: Practice Of Extortion Returns To “Kavkaz” Checkpoint

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 10/18/2006 6:49 AM
    October 18th 2006 · Prague Watchdog / Umalt Chadayev
Practice of extortion returns to “Kavkaz” checkpoint

By Umalt Chadayev

CHECHNYA – At the “Kavkaz” pass control checkpoint (KPP) located on the administrative border between the Chechen Republic and Ingushetia, Russian police are again collecting tribute from drivers and their passengers.

The “Kavkaz” checkpoint (or “block-post” as local residents call it) has not enjoyed a favourable reputation in the last few years. The Russian Interior Ministry police officials on duty here are posted from different regions of Russia. They used to collect tribute – with and without pretext – from residents of both republics travelling in both directions. They even developed a unique “price list”.

Thus, each minibus driver had to pay the officials 20-30 rubles. And almost every young male who passed through this checkpoint usually put a folded 10-ruble note into his passport, which was to be checked by the officials. This was done “just in case”, to avoid unwanted excesses.

The absence of a military registration stamp in a passport “cost” 50 rubles. There were numerous other “violations” for which ordinary citizens had to pay tribute. If they refused to pay there could be serious trouble, ranging from an increase in the sum of the “fine” all the way to detention.

Local residents repeatedly filed complaints about the arbitrariness of the law enforcement officials who staffed the “Kavkaz” post. And then a few months ago it seemed that the situation had been resolved. A new contingent of Russian police arrived at the post, and they didn’t take bribes. On principle. They simply carried out their work – inspecting motor vehicles, checking passengers’ documents and all the rest of it. The ten, twenty and fifty ruble “fees” were no more.

“We were so relieved. We thought, well, thank God, at long last order is being established. All the extortion, even of a minor kind, ceased, and there were no further problems at all. Everyone – us , the passengers, even the police officers themselves seemed contented,” says Nurdi, a 45-year-old Grozny minibus driver. But it turns out that we rejoiced too soon.”

“On October 4 a new lot of police arrived at the post. They were the same guys who had worked here right at the beginning of the war. Naturally, in those days they were involved in open extortion. And they started the old practices again. They openly said: “Everything here is going to be like it was before. You have to pay fees.” Naturally, everyone got angry. Then they quite simply blocked off the road, creating a  traffic jam many kilometres long. With the special purpose of making people more willing to obey,” Nurdi claims. “You had to wait two or three hours in the queue. That’s the kind of establishment of order there is here.”

“I don’t know what the Russian Iinterior Ministry, their direct superiors, are thinking of,” he says. “I mean, these officers will disgrace the entire Russian police force. Are their wages really not enough for them, with all their perks, per diem and combat bonuses? Why do they have to treat people in such a brutish manner? Hundreds if not thousands of cars pass through this checkpoint every day. Can you imagine what the local people’s attitude to this bribe-takers in police uniform is going to be?”

Representatives of human rights organizations consider that the whole affair is being caused by widespread ignorance of the law on the part of the local population.   “In the years of the so-called ‘counter-terrorist operation’ the populace was subjected to mass terror. People were actually made to believe that they don’t have any rights, and that the law enforcers can so anything they like. Detaining people without any reason, searching them, beating them and even killing them. All attempts at protest were cut short in a most merciless and often brutal manner,” says a member of one of the human rights organizations operating in the republic.

“People are forced to put up with this arbitrary treatment, because they have no alternative. They are simply afraid, and one can understand why. But this extortion must be fought, nevertheless. It would be a good thing if citizens were to make written statements to the public prosecutor’s office, or perhaps present them to human rights organizations, so that later on they could later make representations based on those statements to the official government agencies  and attain a resolution of this problem,” the respondent believes.

But it transpires that there is another way out of this situation. Nurdi says that since bribes are being demanded at the “Kavkaz” checkpoint again, he doesn’t drive along this highway. “There’s an alternate route through the village of Sernovodsk. There’s also a Russian checkpoint on the border there, but the guys work normally. There’s no picking on people, and no one demands money. If there’s a violation, they’ll explain, and advise you not to do it again. Now I only ever take that route.”

A few weeks ago, Dmitry Kozak, President Putin’s plenipotentiary representative to the Southern Federal Region, said in one of his interviews that passage through the administrative border between Chechnya and Ingushetia must be made easier for the residents of the two republics. And he announced that a concrete package of measures aimed at the solution of this problem is already being worked out.
   
Kozak made his public statement shortly after an armed clash between members of the Chechen OMON and the Ingush police which took place on the “Kavkaz” federal highway in the region of the Chechen-Ingush border on September 13. There were more than twenty casualties, involving deaths and injuries on both sides. However, an impression is growing that the Russian police officers working at the “Kavkaz” checkpoint don’t entirely agree with the high-ranking government official’s opinion, and don’t intend to make life easier for the citizens of  Chechnya and Ingushetia.

Translated by David McDuff.
http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000008-000001-000425&lang=1

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Kabardino-Balkaria offers two investment projects

From: Eagle_wng
Kabardino-Balkaria offers two investment projects
22.8.2006
     

At the meeting Vladimir Putin planned in the end of August with participation of potential Russian investors and heads of the Northern Caucasian republics, Kabardino-Balkaria presented two projects – construction of a micro-hydroelectric power station in Sarmakovo and building of a recreational complex “Dendropark “The Narts’ Land” in Urvansky area of KBR, they informed IА REGNUM correspondent in the press-service of the president and the government of the republic.

The initiator of the meeting was the plenipotentiary of the president in the Southern federal district Dmitry Kozak who would mediate in the negotiations. Kozak had analyzed basically the projects in which local authorities were ready to concede the control share holdings of the enterprises or the land sites in exchange for investments. The total cost of the projects varied from 300 million up to 3 billion rubles, they noted in the press-service. The management of the republic pays great attention to the water-power engineering development. KBR’s electric power possibilities today make less than 30 percent. Thus in Kabardino-Balkaria there are all the conditions for construction of own hydroelectric power station. First of all, they mean abundance of the mountain rivers in the republic. Construction of Sarmakovo mini-hydroelectric power station, which would cost for investors 770 million rubles, is one of the projects of the kind implemented in the republic. The republic is ready to transfer the control share holding of the enterprise (75 percent) to the investor. In case of realization of the program of construction of hydropower stations Kabardino-Balkaria could provide not only its own needs and considerably lower tariffs for electric power, but also sell energy to neighbouring regions.

The second project was the ethnographic complex “Narts’ Land”. The project received the “bronze” award of the international competition “Architecture-2004″ in “Landscape architecture” nomination. The needed investments are 200 million rubles; the outlay recovery time of the project – 5 years. Thus 100 percent of share holding of the object would be transferred to the investor.

IА REGNUM

http://www.adygeanatpress.net/stat_e.php?id=1852

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Jamestown Foundation: NORTH CAUCASUS VIOLENCE CONTINUES

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 8/17/2006 6:22 PM
August 17, 2006
NORTH CAUCASUS VIOLENCE CONTINUES

The Caucasus Times reported on August 16 that two Russian air force aircraft had carried out a missile and bomb strike on a forest area in Chechnya’s Nozhai-Yurt district that morning. The website quoted a source in the district’s Interior Ministry directorate as saying that the air strike lasted for more than 35 minutes and cited “unofficial reports” of two local residents being hospitalized for “fragmentation wounds” sustained during the bombardment. Kavkazky Uzel reported on August 16 that unknown attackers fired a grenade launcher at a federal Interior Ministry unit deployed in Grozny’s Oktyabrsky district. No one was hurt in the incident. The Nazran-based Council of Non-Governmental Organizations reported on its website on August 15 that members of the Chechen Interior Ministry and the Russian military fired on each other near the village of Kurchaloi on August 12. According to one version of the events, the military and policemen fired on each other by mistake; according to another, the policemen were fired on by mortars. The website quoted Kurchaloi residents as saying that some 10 policemen were wounded in the incident.

Interfax reported on August 13 that an improvised bomb planted on a stretch of railway between the Shelkovskoi and Kargalinovskaya railway stations in Chechnya’s Shelkovskoi district had been discovered and detonated by sappers in a controlled explosion. NTV television reported on August 12 that one rebel was killed in a shootout with a group of FSB officers and Chechen policemen in the Shali district. Interfax reported on August 11 that Chechen policemen had discovered a weapons cache in the Grozny district near the village of Chechen-Aul and the Caucasus federal highway. The cache contained 180 kilograms of TNT.

The Caucasus Times reported on August 11 that nine people had been detained in Grozny’s Staropromyslovsky district on suspicion of involvement in blowing up cellular communications boosters on August 6 (Chechnya Weekly, August 10). The website quoted a source in the district administration as saying that the district had been “cordoned off by armed people in camouflage, after which they checked flats and detained young people from various districts of Chechnya who worked at a construction site.” Also on August 11, the Caucasus Times quoted a source in the Chechen rebel command as saying that three Russian troops had been killed and two wounded when a rebel unit fired on a Russian patrol in Grozny’s Zavodsky district.

One serviceman was killed and two others were wounded in a rebel attack in Ingushetia on August 16. The Associated Press, citing Ingushetia’s Interior Ministry, reported that the three servicemen were riding in a car near Nazran when the assailants ambushed them. According to the AP, one soldier died at the scene, while another was hospitalized and the third was only slightly injured. On August 15, unknown attackers fired a grenade launcher at a police post on the Caucasus federal highway in Ingushetia, Interfax reported. No one was hurt in the incident.

In Dagestan, one rebel was killed on August 15 in the city Buinaksk when a grenade launcher he was using misfired and exploded. Kavkazky Uzel reported that the man who was killed was part of a group of militants who had planned to fire grenades at a military installation in the city. On August 16, the Interior Ministry identified the dead militant as Abdulkadyr Mutashev, a Buinaksk resident.

On August 11, gunmen fired at a police post in Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala, seriously wounding two police officers, Itar-Tass reported. The attackers made off with the police officers’ two assault rifles and ammunition. The police post that was attacked is located near a building whose residents include high-ranking police officials—among them the head of the department for combating extremism and terrorism and the head of the department for combating organized crime under Dagestan’s Interior Ministry. According to Itar-Tass, the eight-entrance apartment building is guarded by police on both sides.

Acting on a tip, security forces in Kabardino-Balkaria carried out a special operation on August 12 targeting a group of 10 militants in the village of Gerpigezh, 15 kilometers from the republic’s capital of Nalchik, RIA Novosti reported. The news agency quoted a republican Interior Ministry official as saying that Mukhtar Tolbaev, a leader of the Islamist rebel group Yarmuk, was killed in the operation. The official said police found three explosive devices, each containing five kilograms of TNT, and that the militants had planned to detonate the bombs at several authorized rallies in Nalchik.
http://www.jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=416&issue_id=3839&article_id=2371399

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Not coping heads of KBR municipalities will be dismissed

From: Eagle_wng
 Not coping heads of KBR municipalities will be dismissed
3.3.2006
     

Questions of division of powers of the executive authorities and the local self-management of Kabardino-Balkaria were discussed at the meeting at KBR president. In the opinion of president Arsen Kanokov, heads of municipal formations who would be appointed to the posts on the competitive basis, should understand questions of the budget formation.

As he said, heads not coping with their duties, would be dismissed in a year. He also supported working out of plans of social and economic development of each municipal formation in Kabardino-Balkaria. “In each settlement there are 5-6 basic problems. It is necessary to form plans, and to detail for every year what should be varied there”, – told Kanokov.

Caucasus Times

http://www.adygeanatpress.net/stat_e.php?id=1576

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Kavkaz Center: Amir Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris Sets Bounty For Traitor

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/16/2006 11:47 AM
Amir Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris sets bounty for traitor
Publication time: Today at 11:16 Djokhar time
Chechen Military Amir Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris (AKA Shamil Basayev) has set a $ 25,000 bounty for the termination of a puppet government terrorist leader in the North Caucasus region, reports the Kavkaz Center.

The Kavkaz Center Web site also posted a new video of Shamil Basayev. In this video, Amir Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris repeated his responsibility for the 2004 bombing that eliminated Chechnya’s Moscow-backed puppet “president”, Akhmad Kadyrov, saying he paid $ 50,000 to those who carried out the the elimination. Amir said he had put a $ 25,000 bounty on the head of Kadyrov’s son, Ramzan, a puppet “prime minister” in the Kremlin-backed illegal “government” who heads widely feared terrorist gangs accused of abducting civilians and other violence.

Amir Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris mocked Ramzan in offering the bounty by saying: “He isn’t worth more than that.”

The video, shot with a cell phone, shows Amir Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris and Chechen Vice-President Doku Umarov discussing how to make bombs from common household goods such as soda bottles and cans.

The two, dressed in warm clothing, can be heard speaking in Chechen. It also shows them eating, huddled around a smoky campfire.

The video was shot at the end of March and beginning of April.

AP+Kavkaz Center Russian Service

http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2006/06/16/4797.shtml

 

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