Muslim gunmen are murdering ethnic Russians in Ingushetia as security forces take their own toll

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 9/30/2007 12:47 AM
Wave of killings fuels fear of a second Chechnya

Muslim gunmen are murdering ethnic Russians in Ingushetia as security forces take their own toll
Tom Parfitt in Karabulak, Ingushetia
Sunday September 30, 2007

It was gone midnight and Vera Draganchuk was drifting off to sleep when she heard the shots. ‘My son Mikhail appeared in the bedroom doorway,’ said the schoolteacher. ‘There was fear in his eyes and he was swaying strangely. He couldn’t speak. Then I realised the shooting was in our home.’

Vera scrambled through the window into the yard of her cottage in the small town of Karabulak in Ingushetia, a Muslim republic in southern Russia. She urged her son to follow her but Mikhail, 22, didn’t make it. He collapsed just under the windowsill, shot through the heart. Vera found her second son, Denis, 19, slumped on the doorstep. Denis died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. On that early morning of 1 September, Vera also found her husband Anatoly’s bullet-riddled corpse, lying in the hallway. The attackers had fled.

The Kremlin may have largely pacified its rebel Chechnya region through a local hardman, the 30-year-old tiger-owning Ramzan Kadyrov, but neighbouring Ingushetia is on the brink of a crisis.

While Chechnya – first a cauldron of separatist sentiment in the Nineties and then a new outpost in the global jihad – boasts safe streets and new apartment blocks, in recent weeks Ingushetia has suffered a wave of brutal executions of people of non-Ingush nationalities.

A poor and rural republic about the size of Suffolk, Ingushetia is now the epicentre of terrorism in Russia. And some analysts are warning of a ‘second Chechnya’ in the making.

The killing began last July when an ethnic Russian schoolteacher and her two children were shot dead in their beds by an intruder. At their funeral a few days later a bomb exploded, injuring several people. Unidentified assailants then murdered Vera Draganchuk’s family on 1 September. Soon after, armed men assassinated a Russian doctor outside her apartment block. A gypsy man and his two sons were the next to be shot dead at home.

There are few signs that the killing will stop and no one can be quite sure who is carrying out the murders.

‘My parents were born here and so was I,’ says Vera, 52. ‘I’m a native ethnic Russian and I have no enemies.’ Neighbours of the other victims say that they had no conflicts with local Ingush people.

That may be the point. Since the spring, policemen and soldiers have been killed or injured almost daily as their vehicles or offices come under fire from Islamic militants, based in the mountains of Chechnya and Ingushetia.

This summer an adviser to Murad Zyazikov – the former KGB officer who is President of Ingushetia – was gunned down and the President’s own motorcade was fired on. On 17 September a senior officer in the Federal Security Service (FSB) died after his car was strafed by gunfire.

The fear and uncertainty created by killing innocent civilians may be just another weapon in the armoury of the boyeviki, or rebel fighters, who aim to carve out an Islamic power base in the North Caucasus. Yet many believe that darker forces are at work. The respected Caucasus expert Alexei Malashenko suspects there is a pact between the militants and Zyazikov’s political opponents, who may include elements of the security services that resent the President’s weakness and want him ousted.

In turn, opposition figures say the killings play into Zyazikov’s hands by making it impossible for Moscow to remove him from office at a time of great crisis. The Kremlin is certainly rattled. In the summer it sent 2,500 Interior Ministry troops to Ingushetia in an attempt to shore up the local security forces. Dmitry Kozak, President Putin’s representative in southern Russia, admitted concern over the republic this month but urged caution. ‘Many have the impression that the entire North Caucasus has caught fire,’ he said. ‘This is not the case. This phenomenon is local in its nature.’

For the local people, that’s little consolation. Critics say that one factor fuelling resentment against the authorities is the brutality of security forces.

At 5am on 8 September, the Ingush security forces arrested Murad Bogatyryov, a suspected boyevik, at his home in Verkhniye Achaluki, a mountain village. An official protocol showed that nothing suspicious was found during a search of the shack. Bogatyryov was taken to a local police station. His wife Aset, who had taken their three young daughters away for the night, arrived in time to see his corpse being brought out of the building and loaded into a van.

Ingushetia’s chief prosecutor later claimed that the 37-year-old construction worker had died of a heart attack. ‘No traces of violence were discovered on his body,’ he said. A video clip of his corpse at the mortuary seen by The Observer tells a different story. Murad’s body is covered in black welts and bruises.

Human rights groups say that at least two other young men were shot dead this month by security forces who then planted weapons on them to make it appear they had resisted arrest.

‘This is extra-judicial killing,’ said Azamat Nalgiev, former deputy chairman of the Ingush parliament. ‘When President Vladimir Putin said the rebels should be “rubbed out in the toilet”, the FSB knew what it had to do.’

As for the murders of non-Ingush residents, several suspects have been arrested but then released without charge. President Zyazikov declined an offer to meet The Observer, but denied in interviews with Russian media that he had lost control. ‘When a chicken gets run over these days, it’s called a terrorist attack,’ he said, claiming his republic was no more violent than others.

Zyazikov’s critics say poverty and rampant corruption in the republic have fuelled armed opposition. For Vera Draganchuk, however, such debates mean little. ‘I’m afraid they might kill me too,’ she says. ‘But it doesn’t matter. My family is gone; my life is already destroyed.’,,2180314,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12

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KC: Will Sweden Be An Accomplice To Kremlin killers?

Will Sweden be an accomplice to Kremlin killers?

Publication time: 2 January 2009, 11:28

A trial is going to be held in Sweden on January 5, 2009 over a disabled of the 1st group Chechen refugee Akhmed Chatayev (born 1980).

Akhmed was arrested in Sweden on March 2, 2007, who fell a prey to a provocateur, who is now in Chechnya and serving in Putin’s regime. A pistol had been placed in Chatayev’s car.

A Swedish court has tried the “case” and “sentenced” the disabled to 1.5 years in prison. The Swedish authorities were going to release Akhmed, as he served “his term”, but a new inquiry from Russian has arrived.

Chatayev’s family, his wife and young children, are living in Vienna. His wife is confident that in the case of extradition of Akhmed to Russia, he would be tortured to death.

Chatayev knows Russia and the Russians not through hearsay, Russian executioners cut guy’s wounded hand while is alive and brutally tortured him inserting the electric wires into the wound.

We would like to recall that on December 31, Spain extradited to death to Russia a refugee from Chechnya Murat Gasayev. Interestingly, immediately after the extradition to of Gasayev to torment of Moscow, Spain condemned “Israel” for “the killing of Palestinian children”. At the same time Madrid is very well aware that Moscow had killed 42 thousand Chechen children. However, this did not prevent Spain giving innocent man to the murderers.

On January 1, it became known that the Azerbaijani authorities are ready to extradite to Russia a Chechen refugee Yusup Nagayev. Earlier in the country few refugees from Chechnya and Dagestan had been kidnapped and secretly taken to Russia. According to the latest information Moscow and Baku have agreed that the Azeri secret services will arrest and extradite Chechen refugees by laying from Moscow.

It seems that these countries have entered into an agreement with Russia. The price of this agreement is the life of Chechen refugees.

The time will soon show whether Sweden involved or not in this agreement.

Kavkaz Center

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High-ranking security officer killed in Ingushetia

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 9/23/2007 3:29 AM

High-ranking security officer killed in Ingushetia

18.09.2007, 01.04

NAZRAN, September 18 (Itar-Tass) — A high-ranking officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), who was sent to North Caucasus to investigate kidnappings of Ingush ethnics in North Ossetia, was killed late on Monday by unidentified gunmen.

Lieutenant Colonel Alikhan Kalimatov, a brother of the former prosecutor of the Republic of Ingushetia, was shot dead when he arrived with a friend to a cafй on the Caucasus highway near the Ingushi settlement of Gazi-yurt. His friend was wounded in a leg.

Local police said bullet cases from two Kalashnikov submachine guns were found at the crime site and the gunmen supposedly fled in three cars.

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Agency Caucasus: Dagestani Journalists React Against Media Owners

From: Eagle_wng

Dagestani journalists react against media owners     
Makhackala/Agency Caucasus – Efforts by the administration of Dagestan to have the newspaper owners ‘subdue’ their workers returned an editorial rebellion.

Editorial office of the weekly ‘Nastoyasheye Vremya’ newspaper wanted to share with their readers the violation of their right to express their opinions freely without interference from the owners and financiers of the newspaper. The newspaper workers prepared a special issue about the violation of the press act through continual interferences from the owners of media companies. Rizvan Rizvanov, both the owner and the general manager of the newspaper, intervened and stopped the issue from being printed. The Editor-in-Chief Andrei Melamedov resigned in protest. The other workers of the newspapers wrote an open letter to the readers and officially accused the newspaper owners of violating the press act. Another open letter was sent to Suleyman Kerimov, a billonaire senator who was said to be the main sponsor of the newspaper.     

Nadira Isayeva, Editor-in-Chief of the weekly Chernovik newspaper, said that his newspaper would be willing to publish the articles that were not permitted to appear in Nastoyasheva Vremya.
Pressure against the print media began after January 28 when the administration officials met to discuss a public rebellion against President Mukhu Aliyev because of frequently frustrating power cuts in Makhackala.Only ‘accredited’ journalists were invited to join the meeting, in which the administration expressed its disapproval of the media coverage of the news items. Lately, security forces raided some newspaper companies. ÖZ/FT


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DeepikaGlobal: Medvedev Promises To Probe Attacks On Journalists

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/6/2008 12:13 AM
Medvedev promises to probe attacks on journalists
BERLIN, Jun 5 (Reuters) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev promised today that all attempts to harm, hinder or kill journalists in Russia would be investigated.

”All instances related to attempts on the life and health of journalists in our country will be investigated and prosecuted to the end, regardless of when they occurred,” Medvedev told a gathering of political and business leaders in Berlin.

”This is our obligation, the government’s obligation, and we are obliged to carry it out. This we will do.” International concern over Russian press freedom and the safety of journalists has grown as a result of the unsolved murders of two Moscow journalists and dozens of other deaths and attacks in the country.

Paul Klebnikov, editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, was shot dead in 2004. Anna Politkovskaya, who documented abuses in two Russian wars in Chechnya, was killed outside her Moscow apartment in 2006.

Medvedev said Russian media were still in danger after being freed from Soviet shackles in the early 1990s, and still needed protection, although the nature of the threat had changed.

”If several years ago (media) needed protection from corporate enslavement, then today it is from attacks by bureaucrats on various levels,” he said.

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Agency Caucasus: Dagestan’s President Aliyev Eventually Takes Action

From: Eagle_wng

Dagestan’s President Aliyev eventually takes action     
Makhackala/Agency Caucasus – The official response to power cuts that both frustrated the people of Dagestan and rendered schools as well as hospital dysfunctional has eventually come from President Mukhu Aliyev.

The president appropriated 16mn rubles in emergent government funding to get the system of power supply fixed in central capital, Makhackala. The money was also made available to the board of municipality.

Though publicly criticized for not even caring to make a statement about cuts in supplies of power, water and natural gas that have made life in mid winter unbearable, Aliyev took a step forward and met with his administration officials.

Aliyev was quoted in some local papers as scolding the municipality for considering it just normal to have over 20,000 people having to live without electricity. “It is perfectly normal to have a couple of buildings where the electricity supply cannot be delivered; however, it is perfectly abnormal to have over 40 buildings with not electricity at all?”

Shamil Zaynalov, Prime Minister of Dagestan, was angry with the kind of officials who did not care to make any public statements about the cause for power cuts and when things could return to normal. “We have to let the people know what exactly happened. The situation facing us now is very critical and we should be far more honest than ever.”

The president’s meeting with his administration officials ended with a decision to appropriate a total of 140mn rubles to re-structure the whole of electric supply system in Makhackala. ÖZ/FT


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RFE/RL: Russia: Irreverent English-Language Tabloid Closes Down

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 6/13/2008 3:17 AM
Friday, June 13, 2008

Russia: Irreverent English-Language Tabloid Closes Down

By Brian Whitmore

Russia — cover of
After 11 years of providing Moscow readers with investigative journalism, irreverent commentary, and sophomoric gags, the English-language newspaper the “The eXile” is closing down after investors fled in the face of a government inspection of the paper’s content.

The alternative tabloid — known for its Gonzo-style journalism on drugs, sex, politics, and the seamier side of Moscow nightlife — announced the closure in a blog posted on its website on June 11.

The paper’s demise, and the investors’ flight, was sparked by a visit on June 6 by inspectors from the Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications, and the Protection of Cultural Heritage.

“In the current atmosphere…just the thought of having this government looking at you, reading you, and deciding if you are violating laws is pretty scary, and it’s not something you can win,” Mark Ames, the newspaper’s editor in chief and founder, tells RFE/RL. “It was enough to frighten away people who were helping us stay afloat the last couple years.”

The inspectors told Ames that someone complained that the paper “mocks and humiliates Russian traditions and history.” Ames says the inspectors, who he described as “reasonably civilized officials,” were particularly interested in the paper’s relationship with opposition leader Eduard Limonov, who writes a column for the paper.

“The first thing they asked about was Eduard Limonov. They wanted to see a copy of a recent article by him,” Ames says. “They asked what kind of stuff he publishes with us, do we know about him, why he was in there, and so on. They were more than anything interested in our style.”

Foreign-Language Media In The Crosshairs?

Ames — who is also a regular contributor to the Kremlin-controlled English-language television station “Russia Today” — says the inspectors took three issues of the paper for analysis to determine whether it violated legislation prohibiting the promotion of extremism, pornography, or narcotics. The inspectors were due to complete their analysis by June 11, but by that time the paper’s backers had already backed out, dooming it to discontinue publication.

Limonov tells RFE/RL that he believes “The eXile’s” demise is a continuation of a drive to rein in and control all media operating in the country.

“The authorities have completely destroyed the Russian-language free press. Now they are starting to look around in order to shut up the foreign-language free press,” Limonov says. “They started with the weakest foreign-language paper because ‘The eXile’ is not owned by foreign capital. Their owners are Russians.”

Limonov adds that such is the atmosphere of fear in today’s Russia that the authorities did not even need to formally close “The eXile” down themselves. All it took was a little inspection to scare away financial backers.

“The newspaper is dead, not because the Russian authorities said it would be closed but because investors got scared and they just scattered out of sight,” Limonov says. “That is the problem in a police state like ours. It’s a great problem.”

Officials from the Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications, and the Protection of Cultural Heritage could not be reached for comment.

Silly Gags, Serious Reporting

Launched in 1997, “The eXile” quickly made its mark on the Russian capital with a unique mix of hard-hitting political analysis, quirky columns, and offbeat humor that many believed stretched the boundaries of decency.

Eduard Limonov fears the Kremlin
will now target foreign-language
media in Russia (RFE/RL)
Writers, for example, would recount their sexual exploits and decadent club-hopping in graphic detail. In 1999, in the waning years of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency, the paper published a cover picturing the ailing and wobbly Kremlin leader with the headline: “Die Already!”

“The eXile” was also renowned for its childish — and often hilarious — gags.

Its reporters once called former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and, posing as representatives of the New York Jets football team, offered him the job of defensive coordinator. Another time they ordered a call girl. When she arrived at the paper’s office, instead of performing her usual services, she was asked by the staff to write an article for publication.

In the 1990s, Matt Taibbi, now a correspondent for “Rolling Stone,” wrote a widely circulated article about how he applied for a firearms permit in Moscow — while wearing a gorilla suit. Ames, for his part, wrote a detailed account of using the toilet in retired General Aleksandr Lebed’s home, where he and Taibbi were interviewing the politician.

Every year, the international press would dread “The eXile’s” annual “Worst Foreign Correspondent In Moscow” contest, in which the paper would pillory what it saw as their laziness, inaccuracy, and sloppy reporting.

But the paper also earned praise for more traditional journalism. In a 1998 story, Ames predicted the massive financial crisis that would befall Russia in August of that year. Taibbi wrote well-received firsthand reports on the plight of Russian coal miners and the state of the country’s high schools.

Ames throws modesty to the wind in reflecting on his tenure at the paper. “We’ve done God’s work and I plan to carry it on in some other way,” he says. “We all do. All the writers who write for us do.”

The paper has launched a fundraiser on its website in an effort to keep its online edition afloat.

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