Ingush opposition leader fears for his life


Russian authorities have issued a federal warrant for the arrest of three brothers of the Ingush opposition leader and independent journalist, Magomed Khazbiev, The Caucasian Knot reported. The authorities accuse the three brothers — Ali, Makhmoud, and Berd — of involvement in the beating of Kaloy Akhilgov, official spokesman for the Ingush president, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, on 22 February 2010.

Magomed Khazbiev fears for his life. Khazbiev's brothers have protected him after an armed assault on the family's house in August 2008. Two of Khazbiev's close colleagues have been murdered: In late August 2008, opposition leader Magomed Yevloyev was killed by Ingush police on his return to the republic; in October 2009, another Ingush opposition leader, Maksharip Aushev, was gunned down in nearby Kabardino-Balkaria.

Musa Pliev, lawyer representing the Khazbiev family, said Magomed Khazbiev has always stood for human rights. Mr Pliev vowed to defend the family from arbitrary justice. On 11 March 2010, a heavy police detachment carried out a search of Khazbiev's home in Nazran. Earlier, he was questioned in connection with the beating of Kaloy Akhilgov. The authorities claim that Magomed Khazbiev was behind the beating.

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