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Yevloyev's Shooting Deemed an Accident

Published: October 28, 2008 (Issue # 1420)


MOSCOW A police officer has been charged with accidentally shooting Magomed Yevloyev, owner of the embattled opposition web site Ingushetiya.ru, the Investigative Committee said Friday.

Ibragim Yevloyev, a criminal police officer with Ingushetias Interior Ministry who is not related to the slain journalist, faces charges of manslaughter when the case goes to court, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Magomed Yevloyev, a staunch critic of Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, was killed on Aug. 31 after being detained by police in Ingushetias main city, Nazran, as he stepped off a plane from Moscow.

The Ingush opposition has accused Zyazikov, the Ingush Interior Minister Musa Medov and the Kremlin of ordering Yevloyevs killing. On Friday, it dismissed the investigators finding that the killing was accidental.

The case is political. Yevloyevs killing was premeditated, Yevloyev family lawyer Musa Pliyev said.

The lawyer accused the investigators of being biased and said he would boycott the trial, which he called a disgraceful performance.

Pliyev said the investigators had refused to consider evidence from Yevloyevs widow about the possible organizer of his death. They also disregarded an expert evaluation that Yevloyev was killed by a point-blank shot, which ruled out manslaughter, he said.

An Ingush opposition leader, Magomed Khazbiyev, said he also believed that the investigations findings had been fabricated.

A spokesman for the Investigative Committee declined to comment on Pliyevs and Khazbiyevs accusations.

Pliyev said he did not believe that the death would be properly investigated in Russia and promised to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.





 


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Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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