Ingushetia’s opposition leader, Magomed Khazbiev, said President Yunus-bek Yevkurov has not lived up to the hopes that Ingushetia’s people placed in him after President Dmitry Medvedev picked him to replace the unpopular Murat Zyazikov as the republic’s leader.
“Thus far, the special services, the death squads, have not stopped the practice of going into homes and grabbing guys who then disappear without a trace; they have still not stopped shooting young guys in the street in broad daylight,” Khazbiev said.
Khazbiev said that opposition to Ingushetia’s leadership has become a mass movement, with “a great many young guys” having gone off to join the ranks of the rebels during the last two to three months. He predicted that this process would continue as long as official lawlessness in the republic continues.
Khazbiev said that the republic’s destabilization began under Zyazikov but that acts of protest during his tenure had managed to bring kidnappings by security forces to a halt. But the situation has “simply worsened” since Yevkurov replaced Zyazikov, he said.
Ingush Opposition Leader: Situation is Worse than Under Zyazikov
North Caucasus Weekly, 15 May 2009