Why was Magomed Yevloyev killed?

Magomed Yevloyev, slain owner of the independent news portal, Ingushetiya.Ru, was killed by the Russian state just like any other enemy, writes Fatima Tlisova, exiled journalist from Russia’s volatile Karachay-Cherkessia. Yevloyev was one of hundreds killed in Russia’s North Caucasus while “resisting arrest” and then branded as terrorist.

Yevloyev had established an independent news portal, Ingushetiya.Ru, which did not, despite all efforts by Russian authorities, become another “Kavkaz Center.” The site did not become a “mouthpiece for terrorists,” but represented a plurality of opinions and remained a true reflection of Ingush public opinion.

Ingushetiya.Ru managed to prove that there were no real elections to the Russian State Duma in Ingushetia. The website disclosed that huge amounts of federal funds destined for Ingushetia ended up back in Moscow, making it clear that the Russian government was, in fact, robbing North Caucasus, not helping it.

Yevloyev debunked the myth that the Russian government is fighting against international terrorism in North Caucasus. Ingushetiya.Ru made it clear that the “war on terror” in the region is a mere cover for massive crimes committed by the state against it own citizens.

Louise Richardson, Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a leading expert on terrorism, has pointed out that any government that prevents their citizens from expressing their opinion is pushing people into terrorism.

Ingushetiya.Ru spoke of the same danger. The website placed the interests of the Ingush people above those of the Russian state, which regards peaceful opposition as a greater danger than armed resistance. Peaceful opposition hampers Moscow’s “war on terror.”

Magomed Yevloyev took these views to the international arena. In June 2008, he attended the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum’s seminar in Helsinki, speaking about the threats to his site. He organised several demonstrations in Europe to highlight the situation in the Republic of Ingushetia.

Prior to his death, Yevloyev and his colleagues had begun discussing a project to declare Ingushetia independent. Yevloyev knew that this was a desperate and a very dangerous move, but he was convinced that, faced with increasing state terror, the Ingush people had no other choice.

It is worth recalling what was lost when Yevloyev was killed: a large amount of money and his laptop computer. The theft of Yevloyev’s money is an indication that the killing was planned. Yevloyev’s computer was his main tool and database. The data is now being copied and will be used to destroy the lives of many more people.

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Главная причина убийства Магомеда Евлоева
Фатима Тлисова, 22.09.2008

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