PRAGUE, 1 September, Caucasus TimesThe late owner of a website critical of the local authorities, Magomed Yevloyev, was about to advocate separation of the Republic of Ingushetia from the Russian Federation.
Yevloyev recently consulted some of his friends regarding the alleged ethnic cleansing in Russia, the Prague-based website which specializes in covering news from the Caucasus region quoted an anonymous journalist in Ingushetia as saying on 31 August.
The day before his killing he spoke with his friends on the most effective ways of addressing the international community and reporting that Ingushetia and the Ingush cannot survive and remain under Russia and that ethnic cleansing is under way in Ingushetia.
Journalist Fatima Tlisova says that the Ingush authorities carried out the killing of Yevloyev “with obvious permission of the federal authorities”.
On the eve of his death, Opposition’s unofficial parliament of Ingushetia, Mekhk Kkhel, started gathering signatures for independence of Ingushetia on 30 August.
“A competent source from the Ingush opposition told the Caucasus Times website that yesterday evening [30 August] Ingushetia.ru carried a report on the assembly [of Mekhk Kkhel]. The website was destroyed this morning and then the owner of the website, Magomed Yevloyev, was detained and killed in unknown circumstances.
Yevloyev was detained by Ingush police and then died from a gunshot wound to his head on 31 August.
Ingushetiya.ru website, a vocal critic of the local Ingush authorities, usually refrained from directly challenging the federal authorities, limiting itself to demanding that Moscow replace Ingush President Murat Zyazikov. The website was still accessible as of 1437 gmt.