Caucasian Knot: The Caucasus Times Attacked By Hackers Can Be Restored By 80%

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 12/27/2007 10:26 PM

The Caucasus Times attacked by hackers can be restored by 80 percent

The human rights website The Caucasus Times, which was attacked by hackers on December 22, will be able to restore about 80 percent of the information, which was considered lost.

According to Islam Tekushev, editor-in-chief of the website, The Caucasus Times, notable for its strongly pronounced human rights topicality and covering the events in Northern Caucasus, have been long attracting the attention of Russian authorities and power agencies.

“Today, we have no doubts as to who is behind the destruction of the resource. Shortly before it has happened, our correspondent in Dagestan found himself under very strong pressure exerted by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Dagestan and the chief of the UBOP (Department for Fighting Organized Crime) of the Ministry; besides, my relatives in Nalchik were intimidated,” Mr Tekushev said.

“We have a project on studying public opinion, and we have held a polling practically in all the Republics of Northern Caucasus to clear out the attitude of residents of North Caucasian Republics (it was before the elections) to the forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, and in general to the policy of the federal centre in Northern Caucasus.

The population is highly dissatisfied and disagrees with the policy of power agencies. In the course of the study we asked a question about people’s intention to take part in parliamentary elections. Unlike the data made public by the official bodies, on the average over Northern Caucasus, about 40 percent of the population had stated that they would not go to vote and were not going to cast ballots for any party at all,” Islam Tekushev explained.

According to his story, there were many attempts to hack the website before.

See earlier reports: “Internet providers in Ingushetia refrain from commenting on the blockage of the opposition site,” “Internet portal “Human Rights in Russia” opens a temporary website.”

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Trial in camera of the attack on Nalchik in Kabardino-Balkaria

From: Eagle_wng

Trial in camera of the attack on Nalchik in Kabardino-Balkaria

On October 11 at 10 a.m., the Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria will start its closed (in camera) preliminary hearings on the criminal case on the events of October 13, 2005, when militants made an attack on Nalchik.

It has become known to the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent from well-informed circles that the judicial sessions will be held in camera – apart from the participants of process nobody will be admitted.

We remind you that there are 59 defendants in the case accused under the following Articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: “terrorism,” “attempt on the life of employees of law enforcement bodies,” “participation in armed rebellion,” etc. The criminal case file makes more than a thousand volumes.

There is information that on the eve of the process some of the defendants expressed distrust to their advocates and refused from their services. Defence of one of such defendants will be made by the Human Rights Centre “Memorial.”

We remind you that on October 13, 2005, the city of Nalchik was stirred up with explosions and shooting. About 200 armed militants attacked 11 objects of power structures two hunting shops in the KBR capital.

The total count of casualties was 95 persons. One of the attackers – Illes Gorchkhanov – proved to be a resident of Ingushetia. All others were local, mainly residents of Nalchik.

As a result of the attack, 35 employees of law enforcement bodies and 14 peaceful citizens were also lost. The damage worth over 71 million roubles was caused to the city.

Two basic versions exist of what had happened.

The first version belonging to law enforcement bodies states that it was an organized action of Wahhabites with the aim to seize power and set up the Islamic Khalifat in Northern Caucasus.

The second version, which has been voiced by victims’ relatives, human rights activists and the liberal press, runs that the armed revolt of the Moslems was a protest against oppressions from law enforcement bodies.

See earlier reports: “Investigation into attack on the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria is over.”

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BBC NEWS: More Activists Arrested In Russia

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 11/25/2007 6:42 AM
Sunday, 25 November 2007
More activists arrested in Russia
Police officers detain Boris Nemtsov in St Petersburg, 25-11-07
Presidential candidate Boris Nemtsov was among those detained
Russian police have broken up an opposition rally, arresting activists for the second day running.

Police detained about 150 people in St Petersburg, including opposition leader Boris Nemtsov – who was later freed.

The protest was organised by the Other Russia, a coalition of anti-Kremlin groups. They accuse the government of crushing dissent ahead of elections.

On Saturday Other Russia leader and former chess champion Garry leader was arrested during a protest in Moscow.

Mr Kasparov was jailed for five days for leading an unauthorised march.


The Other Russia brings together a broad coalition of mainstream politicians, leftists and nationalists, all of whom are opposed to the Kremlin.

Several hundred people took part in the St Petersburg protest – much fewer than Saturday’s gathering of about 3,000 people in Moscow.

We have come here today to ask Mr Putin and the authorities – why is there so much corruption in the country?
Boris Nemtsov
Opposition leader
Activists holding white flowers met near the headquarters of the liberal Yabloko party, and headed to the site of the unauthorised rally.

Mr Nemtsov, a leader of the opposition SPS party and a candidate in presidential elections due in March, addressed the crowd.

“They have forbidden us from discussing Putin,” he said.

“But we have come here today to ask Mr Putin and the authorities why is there so much corruption in the country?”

Riot police reportedly moved in when some protesters unfurled banners of the banned National Bolshevik Party and marched towards the Winter Palace, the residence of the tsars.

Correspondents put the number of people taken away in police vans at about 200.

Mr Nemtsov was among them – but was subsequently released from custody.

The parliamentary poll to be held on 2 December is widely expected to be won by President Vladimir Putin’s supporters.

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Dogan Daily: Muslim Freedom Fighter Stirs Pride, Fear In Russia

From: Eagle_wng

Muslim freedom fighter stirs pride, fear in Russia
Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stephen Boykewich

  One of the fiercest enemies Russia ever saw, Dagestani resistance leader Imam Shamil helped launch a holy war in this mountain village in 1829 — and from the shouting in the street, the struggle is not yet over.

  “If you want a war, declare a war, but this is mockery!” cried Patima, a woman in her 50s who appeared on a cobbled lane beside the mosque that villagers said Imam Shamil had helped build with his own hands.

  Elite police troops had raided the town two nights before, demonstrating that in Imam Shamil’s birthplace, his anti-Russian battle was as fresh to the authorities as it was to the villagers.

  Magomed Ibraimov, the pot-bellied deputy head of the village administration, first denied there had been a raid, then relented as villagers accosted him.

  Special forces targeted Ghimri “because Imam Shamil and Imam Gazimagomed grew up here,” he told AFP, referring to the village’s most famous son and his childhood friend and fellow “freedom fighter.”

  “They began the very first war against Russia, they started it all, and that’s why everybody wants to find something here.”

  Today’s Russian authorities say they are combating separatists and Muslim radicals in the North Caucasus, all the way from Kabardino-Balkaria to Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan.

  But the modern issues are fueled by a passion that dates back to the bitter resistance in these mountains to Russian imperial conquest.

  Imam Shamil led Chechen and Dagestani volunteers against vastly superior numbers of Russian troops from 1829 until his surrender in 1859, earning renown as far as Victorian Britain as “the Lion of Dagestan.”

  Villagers’ pride in him today is as keen as their fright over the raid.

  Residents said special forces had filled the night with machinegun fire and dragged three young men out into the steep, winding lanes of the village of 3,600. They said the three hadn’t been heard from since.

  “There was no reason for it, no evidence, and it wasn’t the first time. We’re sick of this!” Fatima said. “Three grandmothers — forgive me for saying this — pissed themselves from fear at the sound of the machine guns. My 72-year-old mother nearly died of fright.”

  Ibraimov insisted that the radical Islam advocated by Imam Shamil had not taken root, as did Ruslan Dzhamalov, a federal migration service official based in Ghimri. But Dzhamalov also said Imam Shamil cast a long shadow there.

  “It’s historical,” he said. “We Dagestanis never forget our history.”

  That history, at least in the 19th century, is dominated by the figure whose imposing portrait stares out from the walls of homes and offices all over this North Caucasus republic.

  About 1,000 people a day come to pray at a tiny mosque on the outskirts of Ghimri where Shamil pulled off the first miraculous escape that helped spread his fame and unite the mountains’ vast array of clans and ethnic groups against the invaders.

  Leaping from a stone house where he and Gazimagomed had taken refuge, Shamil slashed his way through rows of Russian soldiers. A sign posted impossibly far from the ruins of the house shows the distance he supposedly cleared in one jump.

  “He did it by stepping on to the shoulders of the first line of soldiers, then he flew 16 meters (52 feet) to that spot. Could anyone do that today?” beamed the site’s caretaker, Magomed. “He did it with the help of Allah.”

  Gazimagomed, then the first imam of Dagestan, was killed on the site.

  Shamil later followed in his footsteps to become the region’s third imam, and the two remain deeply beloved here.

  “There’s a joke about Dagestan,” said the present imam of Ghimri, Gazimagomed Abakarov, a trim, smiling figure in a tall Caucasian fur hat. “A programmer types into a computer: How many Magomeds are there in Dagestan? And the computer explodes. It’s the same thing here with Shamils and Gazimagomeds.”

  A more serious issue is whether Imam Shamil’s example is still inspiring Islamic extremists to violence.

  While Dagestan never saw the separatist fighting in the post-Soviet era that engulfed Chechnya from 1994-96 and again from 1999, guerrillas still carry out dozens of attacks each year, mostly against police.

  A Chechen namesake of the 19th century imam, Shamil Basayev, often crossed the border into the Dagestani mountains before his death last year.

  Officials and residents in Ghimri denied there were guerrillas there, referring cryptically to “two or three bad seeds.”

  A source close to law enforcement in the regional capital Makhachkala, however, said Islamist groups were deeply rooted in Ghimri, and that the raid had been ordered to secure the area before a delegation of foreign journalists were brought to the region.

  “They are there,” he said of the guerrillas. “They haven’t all been caught, and they won’t be.”

  And while most Dagestanis say they cannot imagine a life independent from Moscow, which provides 70 percent of the poverty-stricken region’s budget, many grow uneasy when asked whether Imam Shamil was right to surrender in 1859 and cede control of the region to Russia.

  “We’re not saying he struggled in vain,” said Eduard Urazayev, the region’s minister for nationalities, choosing his words carefully. “But in the end, life is quieter and more stable for us under Russia’s wing. We put our confidence in that.”

© 2005 Dogan Daily News Inc.

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From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 9/13/2007 5:15 PM
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hazed Russian Soldier Wants To Run In Duma Elections

Russia — Chelyabinsk Tank Academy cadet, private Andrei Sychyov has been recently beaten up by fellow cadets. He has had his both legs amputated. Now he is being delivered to the Burdenko Hospital by plane 07Feb2006
Andrei Sychyov is pictured during medical treatment for the debilitating injuries he received after being hazed (file photo)
September 13, 2007 (RFE/RL) — “You can sit in your wheelchair, watch what’s happening on television, and clench your fists with hopelessness and hatred. But you can also protect yourself. And this is why I can’t stop [myself] from entering the State Duma.”

These were the words that Andrei Sychyov wrote on his blog on September 13.

Sychyov was a 19-year-old conscript in the Russian Army when he was beaten as part of a hazing ritual on New Year’s Eve in 2005. Based at a tank academy in Chelyabinsk, he was reportedly forced to squat for hours while being beaten.

Sychyov did not receive medical attention for three days, during which gangrene set into his lower limbs. Sychyov’s genitals and both legs had to be amputated. His case became emblematic of hazing in the Russian armed forces.

Holding To Account

Now, Sychyov says, he wants to go into politics to protect other soldiers, and hold what he calls the corrupt system to account.

Sychyov criticized First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, who was the country’s defense minister when he was assaulted.

“I have my own unfinished business with this man. I won’t take revenge — I just want to punish him and protect others. I want to look him in the eye. I want the whole country to see our conversation and understand what kind of person he is,” Sychyov wrote on his blog.

Sychyov has asked Russia’s Union of Rightist Forces (SPS) to include him in their electoral party lists.

A co-founder of the party, Boris Nemtsov, told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that Sychyov’s decision to run was a right one, and that the party is considering his request.

Health Concerns

Nemtsov also said that the SPS is considering how running as a candidate could affect Sychyov’s health.

“There are people who agree with this idea, and there are also those who disagree,” Nemtsov says. “The latter group is motivated with humanist sentiments, being concerned how the unquestionably stressful nature [of politics] will be reflected on his health condition. I understand their position, and this is why the discussion still continues.”

According to Nemtsov, Sychyov should take part in local elections, as he said it might affect his health less.

A final decision about Sychyov’s participation in elections is expected on September 21 at an SPS gathering.

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RFE/RL: Three Russian Police Killed In Daghestan Attack

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Three Russian Police Killed In Daghestan Attack

Daghestan — Map
February 4, 2007 — Attacks by unknown assailants have killed three policemen in Daghestan.

Gunmen fatally shot a police investigator in his car outside his home in Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala, on February 3.

Local authorities say two bombs then exploded as a police convoy headed to the site, killing two police officers.

The blast also damaged regional Interior Minister Adilgerey Magomedtagirov’s car, but the minister was unhurt.

Daghestan has long been afflicted with violence by criminals and militants.

(AP, Interfax, dpa)

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Al-Jazeera: Russia Opposition Rallies In Moscow

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/11/2007 2:39 PM
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2007
23:11 MECCA TIME, 20:11 GMT

Russia opposition rallies in Moscow

Protesters remained relatively peaceful

 without threatening Russian riot police on

 standby [EPA]
About 1,500 anti-government protesters, led by chess legend Garry Kasparov, have rallied in central Moscow.
The rally, called by the “Other Russia” opposition coalition, came after city authorities refused to sanction a planned march, fearing clashes with police after a protest two months ago ended in mass arrests.
Protesters criticised what they see as the erosion of democracy under Vladimir Putin, the president, and called on voters to back an alternative candidate in next year’s presidential poll.
Putin has denounced opposition groups as “marginals.”

Kasparov said it was the protesters who had decided not to march, despite the ban.
“We had to make the difficult choice of either pushing the crowds into the police ranks or asking them to walk away quietly, so we preferred the latter.
“If they are so confident, why are they
 scared of a few thousand people in a
 totally peaceful event?”
Garry Kasparov, ‘Other Russia’ leader

“We decided against having any clashes today,” Kasparov said.
Security forces appeared to outnumber protesters, and in addition to regular police in short-sleeved shirts, hundreds of riot police waited in nearby buses.
Water cannons were also on standby, but kept out of sight of the protest.
“If they are so confident, why are they scared of a few thousand people in a totally peaceful event?” Kasparov asked. “The authorities are afraid of any organised protest.”

St Petersburg rally
A similar demonstration of up to 3,000 people took place in St Petersburg, sanctioned by the police.
Opposition activists have said that authorities sanctioned protests to avoid clashes while the city was hosting an international investment forum.
“We need a new kind of politics in our country,” said Viktor Gudymov, a chemical engineering student, who was attending what he said was his first opposition rally.
Deriding the rally as a “gathering of the insane”, a group of pro-Putin activists dressed in medical gowns were led away from the rally by police.
A truck blaring taped laughter at high volume circled the venue to heckle the opposition speeches.
The Kremlin leader, who is due to stand down in 2008 at the end of his second term, promised to allow a fair contest both in parliamentary elections in December, and in the vote for a new president in March.
“Everyone will have the right to express their opinion,” Putin said.
Source: Agencies

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