Russian police assassinate outspoken critic

I found this story on Reuters today originally but the BBC report fills in the gaps pretty well. An important detail which I feel the BBC have glossed over is that Yevloyev was shot in the temple whilst being driven away in a Russian police car. There are rumours of a struggle in the car, but it reminded me that the Gestapo used to describe their murder victims as “shot whilst trying to escape”. All we need to hear now was that it was a small caliber 22 handgun and we will be certain that the assassination was a professional job.

Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia

Magomed Yevloyev (photo from Russian news website


The owner of an internet site critical of the Russian authorities in the volatile region of Ingushetia has been shot dead in police custody.


Magomed Yevloyev, owner of the site, was a vocal critic of the region’s administration. Yevloyev’s website is said to be one of the most visited for Ingush news

The Russian prosecutor’s office said an investigation into the death had been launched, Russia media report.

A post on Yevloyev’s site says he was detained by police after landing at the airport of the main town, Nazran.

The website owner was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Reports quoting local police said Yevloyev had tried to seize a policeman’s gun when he was being led to a vehicle. A shot was fired and Yevloyev was injured in the head.

Fierce critic

Yevloyev was a thorn in the side of Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, a former KGB general.

Ingushetia map

His website reported on alleged Russian security force brutality in Ingushetia, an impoverished province of some half a million people, mostly Muslims, which is now more turbulent than neighbouring Chechnya.

President Zyazikov had been on the same flight as Yevloyev.

Ingushetia borders Chechnya and has suffered from overflowing unrest.

There is a low-level insurgency, with regular small-scale ambushes against police and soldiers.

In June 2008, the Human Rights Watch group accused Russian security forces there of carrying out widespread human rights abuses.

HRW said it had documented dozens of arbitrary detentions, disappearances, acts of torture and extra-judicial executions.

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