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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

“To squeal on the head and chase”: Yevkurov spoke with human rights defenders of the HRC

The head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov at the meeting with the members of the Council on human rights under the Russian President criticized human rights activists from the “Committee for the prevention of torture”, led by a member of the Board Igor Kalapini.

photo: Mikhail Kovalev

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov

Recall that in March, unknown assailants attacked a bus with human rights defenders and journalists of “media zones”, which went from Ingushetia to Chechnya. The passengers and the driver were beaten and the bus burned, and it happened on a protected line. Crime law enforcement authorities, despite the publicity, couldn’t solve so far. Themselves the victims of the attack suggested that it was related to their trip to Chechnya, where previously they were expelled “angry residents” the staff Kalyapin, and he subsequently suffered another attack in the Republic.

According to Yevkurov appealed to Kalyapin, which was broadcast “Rain”, everyone understands what happened and where the attackers came, if he did not believe that the fault in the slip of the investigation lies on the Ingush interior Ministry. Kalyapin Yevkurov suggested to wait in case the district administration to Chechen investigators interacted with the leadership already in Pyatigorsk.

Responding to these words Kalyapin, the head of Ingushetia and expressed my criticism. He said that, first, can not affect the result, as it is a “Federal case”, and secondly, asked the defenders never try to solve any issues in the neighboring republics, Dagestan and Chechnya, from Ingushetia.

Yevkurov explained by the fact that he has his relationship with the heads of the neighboring republics. “The same thing — not that I will not tolerate, but I would be uncomfortable if from Chechnya or there of Makhachkala (capital of Dagestan — ed.) any human rights organization will be a blow for Ingushetia”.

Commented on Yevkurov and the assault on the apartment where the office of the Committee for the prevention of torture”, immediately followed the attack on the car. He noted that the apartment was filmed secretly, the police chief was not aware of the situation, which in itself, he said, was a violation of the law.

According to him, would be right “to kick their (human rights activists – ed) on the head of all and to expel from the Republic, that is more close in the Republic were not”. Such a sharp position Yevkurov “with all due respect” explained that “pissed him off”.

Note that Kadyrov has refused to hold a similar meeting in Chechnya: its representatives have declared that cannot guarantee safety Kalyapin.

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