SC of Kabardino-Balkaria refuses to give militant’s body out to his mother

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SC of Kabardino-Balkaria refuses to give militant’s body out to his mother

The Panel of the Supreme Court (SC) of Kabardino-Balkaria has considered the cassation petition lodged by the Prosecutor’s Office of the city of Nalchik against the decision of the Nalchik City Court, passed on the application of citizen Madina Trunova, and satisfied it.

Thus, the applicant has been refused of satisfying her petition of May 16, 2007, claiming to give the body of her son – Radik Bapinaev – out to her for burial, and to recognize the ruling of the inspector of the Nalchik City Prosecutor’s Office to stop the criminal prosecution of her son in connection with his death on non-rehabilitating grounds to be illegal and unjustified.

The mother declares that her son could not be involved in any criminality. First of all, because he suffered from epilepsy since childhood. He was a life 1st category invalid. According to Ms Trunova’s version, after the tragic death of her daughter Olesya, she had to hire a separate flat for her son, as he was persecuted by agents of law enforcement bodies. He was killed not far from this flat.

We remind you that Radik Bapinaev, born in 1980, was shot dead on March 27, 2007, in Nalchik at an attempt to detain him.

See earlier reports: “Movement against War in Northern Caucasus asks Alexis II to help Maskhadov’s relatives to get his remains for burial,” “In Chechnya power agents would not give out the body of murdered militant to his relatives.”

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Blast goes off near Ingushetia leader residence

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 7/16/2007 9:49 PM

Blast goes off near Ingushetia leader residence

16.07.2007, 23.51

NAZRAN, July 16 (Itar-Tass) – A blast went off late on Monday near the residence of Ingushetia’s President Murat Zyazikov in Nazran. Nobody was injured in the incident, the press secretary of the southern republic’s Interior Ministry, Yakhya Khadziyev, has told Itar-Tass.

He said the blast in the yard of the house owned by the Algasov family occurred at 10:25 pm, Moscow time. An investigation brigade is working at the site.

The shelling of a private house in the city of Nazran and a crime against the family of a local school teacher in the Ordzhonikidzevskaya settlement are aimed at destabilizing the situation in Russia’s southern republic of Ingushetia, the press secretary of the republican Interior Ministry told Tass on Monday.

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Relatives of the militants who perished in Kabardino-Balkaria demand a trial of Savrulin and Shepel

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Relatives of the militants who perished in Kabardino-Balkaria demand a trial of Savrulin and Shepel

The relatives of the militants who fell victim in Nalchik on October 13, 2005, have lodged a petition to Yuri Chaika, General Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation (RF), and Ivan Sydoruk, head of the Investigatory Committee of the RF’s Prosecutor’s Office and Deputy General Public Prosecutor of the RF for the South Federal District (SFD) with a demand to bring Alexei Savrulin, head of the investigatory group of the RF’s General Prosecutor’s Office for the SFD, and Nikolai Shepel, former Deputy General Public Prosecutor for the SFD, to criminal responsibility, since, in the opinion of the relatives, they had breached the law in relation to burial of militants’ bodies.

The petition runs, in particular, that according to the decisions to stop criminal prosecution because of death made by Savrulin, A. Yu., head of the investigatory group of the RF’s General Prosecutor’s Office for the SFD, “the casualties were recognized guilty without the trial, in violation of the principle of presumption of innocence, participation of defence, adversarial equality of the parties, without representatives and disregarding the changes in the federal laws on terrorism.”

“Besides, when making his decision about the burial, Alexei Savrulin made a service forgery by specifying false information that the decision would be sent to President of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) for execution,” although it was established by the court that the document had been never sent to the President.

The petition was signed by 31 persons.

See earlier reports: “Kabardino-Balkaria: court rules the decision to bury militants to be illegal.”

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Whereabouts of Hussein Mutsolgov, kidnapped in Ingushetia, unknown

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 5/10/2007 6:25 AM

Whereabouts of Hussein Mutsolgov, kidnapped in Ingushetia, unknown

On May 5, 2007, in the Nazran District of Ingushetia, unknown persons in masks and camouflage uniform kidnapped Hussein Mutsolgov, 21, a resident of Surkhakhi village, and Zaurbek Evloev, 23.

The incident took place in the Nasyr-Kort Municipal District of Nazran, near the house, where Evloev lives.

“According to eyewitnesses, the unknown persons in masks arrived in three cars with tinted windscreens and caught the guys, when they were standing near a car close to Evloevs’ house. Without presenting themselves and without explaining the reasons of their actions, they captured the young people, stuck their mouths with adhesive tape and, pulling polyethylene bags over their heads, pushed them into minivan,” the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent was informed at the office of the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” in Ingushetia.

In the afternoon of the same day, Zaurbek Evloev was brought home. The kidnappers threw him out of the car in the forest in the outskirt of Assinovskaya village. The whereabouts and further destiny of Hussein Mutsolgov are still unknown.

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Agency Caucasus: Dagestan Languages Face Extinction

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Dagestan languages face extinction

Makhachkala / Agency Caucasus – Thirty different languages spoken in Dagestan face obliteration as a direct consequence of wide availability of the Russian language in the country. A further 14 official languages in this part of Caucasus face the same threat of extinction.


A group of people gathered on July 12 in the Dagestan capital of Makhachkala to discuss linguistic deterioration. Initiated by the Avar Centre for Culture, the conference gathering hosted at the Dagestan Centre for Science, a division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, talks that focused on language learning at middle schools.   


Speakers at the conference warned against a future irrecoverable change for worse in the ethnic structure of Dagestan .


Data from the Russian government put the current number of nations available in Dagestan at around 30. Despite the fact that the Dagestan constitution grants all nations equal rights, only the following list of languages is recognized as constitutionally public languages in Dagestan:  Avar, Agul, Azeri, Dargin, Kumuk, Lak, Lezgin, Nogay, Rutul, Tabasaran, Tatski Tsahurski, Chechen and Russian.


Only and only Russian


Speakers agreed on the idea that favoured the Russian language as the sole official code of communication. The teaching of Russian starts at elementary schools and is financially sponsored as well. The situation is reversed with the other Dagestan mother tongues. It was officially banned a couple of years ago for radio programmes to be broadcast in national languages. The hours of TV programmes are critically limited, too.


Intellectuals are most upset with what the national ministry officials have been doing. One speaker accused the national ministry officials of allocating four hours only a week to teaching language, literature and history courses.


A period of 10 to 15 years would be enough for a language to be obliterated if strict measurements are not taken, speakers said. Death of a language would imply death of a nation, they added.


Gaci Gamzatov, the brother of the poet Rasul Gamzatov, was unhappy when he admitted that his grandchildren could not speak their mother tongues.


All speakers ended their discussion with a resolution to appeal to President Mukhu Aliyev for prompt action to save mother tongues in Dagestan .



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Moscow Times: A Voice From The Past

From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message)    Sent: 10/22/2007 3:11 AM

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Voice From the Past
By Richard Lourie

Richard Lourie

Would Russia have benefited from a process of de-Sovietization like the de-Nazification program that has apparently worked so well in Germany? Why didn’t that happen? Is it too late?

A lot of ink has been spilled to demonstrate the similarities between Nazism and communism, but the differences matter too. For one thing, Nazism was over quickly, the 1,000-year Reich lasted less than 15. At war’s end, the Nazi criminals were still young and their crimes fresh. An executioner who was 30 at the apex of the Stalin’s terror in 1937 was in his 80s during the Gorbachev years and would be 100 today.

The worst crimes of the Soviet era were committed in the 36 years between the 1917 Revolution and Stalin’s death in 1953. But the Soviet Union had another 38 to go, some of them benign (Khrushchev, Gorbachev), some nondescript (Andropov, Chernenko) and even the worst of Brezhnev’s long reign was small potatoes. There was only one Nazism — Hitler’s — but there were many varieties of Soviet communism.

The short duration of the Nazi era made its evil more intense. Though it is difficult to measure degrees of evil past a certain point, Stalin’s mass murders were probably not as bad as Hitler’s premeditated genocide, which included the deaths of 1.5 million Jewish children.

Hitler’s path led to suicide — for himself and for Germany. In it for the long haul, the Soviet Union always played it more conservative. Stalin had the A-bomb for four years without rattling that saber.

Finally, the Soviet Union was on the right side in World War II, which was also the winning side. The crimes of victors are forgiven.

Some might argue that Russia did, in fact, undergo a sort of double de-Sovietization — the de-Stalinization that occurred under Khrushchev and the mass of revelations that surfaced in the glasnost years, including all of the horrors from the murder of the royal family to the use of psychiatric institutions to punish dissidents like Bukovsky. They’d say that there’s a monument to the victims of the secret police on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, a gulag museum in downtown Moscow and readily available books and videos on the subject of Communist crimes. De-Sovietization may have been done in slipshod style, but it was done, and in any case, it’s too late to do much more about it.

Another group, maybe as much as a quarter of the population, would point out that the collapse of the Soviet Union was de-Sovietization enough and that the problem with today’s Russia is that it isn’t Soviet enough. If anything, they’d be in favor of a little re-Sovietization.

The crimes of the Soviet era were ordered by the Communist Party and executed by its sword and shield — the KGB. The Communists lost power, the Soviet Union ceased to exist, and when the dust cleared, the KGB were in power. As some of its members are fond of explaining, this is, in fact, a good thing because the security services were the only group organized enough to save the country from the abyss of chaos. Not only that, the KGB had done much that was good in the Soviet era (stealing the plans for the atomic bomb), and it was itself the victim of Stalin’s crimes; recall how many officers, not to mention KGB heads, perished in the purges.

But the past is rarely over and done with. Turkey’s fierce reaction to the U.S. Congress classifying the World War I-era slaughter of Armenians as genocide shows quite clearly what happens when ghosts are not laid to rest. And Russia is still a haunted land.

Richard Lourie is the author of “Sakharov: A Biography” and “A Hatred For Tulips.”

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KC: Ethnic, Security Tensions Building In Makhachkala

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Ethnic, security tensions building in Makhachkala
Publication time: Today at 20:40 Djokhar time
On February 10, rebels attacked a group of Russian soldiers in the city of Buinaksk. The problem is a long-standing one. For nearly a decade, the republic has been a battleground for the pro-Russian authorities and Islamic insurgents supported by rebels from neighboring Chechnya. “Unfortunately, there was no turning point in fighting terrorism,” local president Mukhu Aliev conceded to Dmitry Kozak, the Russian president’s envoy to the Southern Federal District. “This issue is still on the agenda” (regnum, February 9; also see Chechnya Weekly, February 15).

Dagestan needs a strong, effective police force to suppress the insurgency, but recent events have revealed a deep crisis in the local security agencies. Already this year the rebels have killed six policemen and twice tried to kill the republican interior minister and the police chief of Khasavyurt (Chechnya Weekly, February 8).

On February 15, 250 policemen from one regiment refused to obey orders from the Dagestan Interior Ministry and demanded the resignation of its head, Adilgirei Magomedtagirov. Abdurashid Bibulatov, the acting commander of the regiment, and Magomed Shamilov, the leader of the Dagestan police union, led the mutiny. The regiment stood on the parade ground inside the garrison located in Makhachkala, the republican capital. The policemen held signs with slogans such as: “The interior minister should resign!” and “Down with Corruption in the Interior Ministry!” The policemen explained their protest was prompted by the fact that they were not paid for overtime. Waiting for rebel attacks, the Dagestan police are on permanent alert and officers work 12-14 hours every day instead of the normal eight. Then their overtime pay disappears inside the Ministry headquarters (Kommersant, February 16).

However, the problem runs deeper than just pay stolen by corrupt officials. The Dagestan policemen are feeling more and more isolated from the general public. Bibulatov, the acting commander, complained to a Radio Liberty journalist that 80% of the population in Dagestan hate the police and that the police force is full of traitors who help the militants. According to Bibulatov, eight members of the local special forces (OMON) have joined the rebels and are now on the most-wanted list (Radio Liberty, February 16).

The same day as the mutiny, Magomedtagirov met with the leaders of the protest and promised to launch a special audit of the Ministry. But instead on February 16, one day later, Magomedtagirov fired Bibulatov. Apparently the minister has no desire to compromise with the mutineers. As for the missing overtime wages, the police officers likely will recover at least part of what they are owed, because the police are the only force the Dagestan authorities can still rely on.

Along with the police revolts, the upcoming elections to the local legislature have again sparked ethnic conflict. President Aliev, an Avar, heads the pro-Kremlin United Russia party. All of the best-known Avar politicians and officials appear on the United Russia party list. Since United Russia is likely to win the election, the new parliament would consist mostly of Avars. There is one Dargin, Said Amirov, the mayor of Makhachkala, on the list, but he is without any real influence. As for other ethnic groups, they were blocked from joining the list and had to join other parties with little chance to win seats in the parliament. Many Dargin and Lezgin political leaders joined the Patriots of Russia party, which is now the strongest opposition party in the republic (Vremya novostei, February 16). Patriots of Russia is unlikely to win the elections, as most observers expect fraud to occur, but it could win a few seats. Now the competition between different parties has turned into an ethnic conflict between the domineering Avars (who comprise 30% of the population of Dagestan) and Dargins, Lezgins, and other minorities.

On February 14 Eduard Khidirov, the chairman of the Dagestan branch of the Patriots of Russia, was gravely wounded when his car was riddled with bullets in the center of Makhachkala. This assassination attempt has seriously aggravated ethnic relations in the republic. Dagestan has not seen such ill will among ethnic clans since the late 1990s.

The Kumyk minority has also begun to stir. On February 19, the Kumyks organized a rally in Makhachkala protesting against the possible appointment of a non-Kumyk as head of the Dagestan Teacher Training University. According to the loose multiethnic formula used to distribute jobs among the ethnic groups in the region, the University should be headed by a Kumyk (Vremya novostei, February 16;, February 19).

While ethnic clans step up the power struggle, ordinary citizens have united in protest against the corrupt authorities in the republic. So far this year anti-government protests have occurred in Kizilyurt District and in the city of Kaspiisk (Kavkaz-Center, February 8,, February 19).

Already in 2007 Dagestan has experienced popular unrest, an emboldened insurgency, and police defiance. Now political leaders need to step in and defuse — no exacerbate — the situation.

By Andrei Smirnov

Source: Jamestown

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