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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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