Bomb hits Ingush president’s motorcade

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov (left) & Ramzan Kadyrov (right)The president of Russia’s Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, was seriously wounded in an apparent suicide bombing on 22 June 2009. Yevkurov was being driven to work in a motorcade when it was hit by an enormous bomb placed in a car along the road he was travelling.

One or more of Yevkurov’s bodyguards may have been killed in the attack. Yevkurov’s driver died later in hospital. Yevkurov suffered a scull injury, several broken ribs, and a ruptured liver. He was taken to hospital for surgery. Reports say he has now been transferred to Moscow for another operation.

Ingushetia’s prime minister, Rashid Gaisanov, will serve as acting president. Ingushetia’s capital region has been declared an area of counter-terrorist operations. Russian president Dmitry Medvedev ordered neighbouring Chechnya’s strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov, to step up his actions against “terrorists”.

Yevkurov was appointed president after the ouster of the republic’s former ruler, highly unpopular Murat Zyazikov, in October 2008. Yevkurov is a career officer in the Russian army. He holds the rank of colonel. He took an active part in Russia’s war against Chechnya.

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  1. On 10 June 2009, the deputy chairperson of Ingushetia’s Supreme Court, Aza Gazgereyeva, was killed on her way to work in an armed attack. On 13 June 2009, the former deputy prime minister of Ingushetia, Bashir Aushev, was killed when unknown persons fired on the car he was travelling in.

  2. Ruslan Aushev Ready to Lead Ingushetia

    As tensions rise in Ingushetia, the former president of that troubled Russian republic, Ruslan Aushev, says he is ready to temporarily reassume leadership while current President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov recovers from injuries sustained in an assassination attempt.

    Aushev, a highly decorated career military officer, served as Ingushetia’s president from 1992 to 2002. He now lives in Moscow but remains very popular at home.

    For his part, the leader of neighboring Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, claims that Moscow has tasked him with restoring order in Ingushetia. The Kremlin has so far remained silent. RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Lyudmila Telen interviewed Aushev to get his perspective.

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