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Prison as a threat for the Ingush opposition?

2012-10-23 16:35

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The other day one of the Ingush opposition leaders Magomed Khazbiyev was found guilty of an administrative offense under the article "disobedience to the police". He was sentenced to administrative detention for 15 days. Those dissenting believe that the authorities are trying to intimidate the opposition, preparing for the mass hunger strike to demand the resignation of Yunus-Bek Yevkurov.


The reason for the arrest of Khazbiyev (it should be noted that this is not his first arrest) was the event which took place on September 2 in the Ingush republican clinical hospital in Nazran. That day in the courtyard of the hospital a conflict between relatives of Berd Khazbiyev (Magomed Khazbiyev's brother, wounded by the police on Aug. 31, 2012), who came to see him, and the law enforcement officials took place.

The official version of events. On September 2, on the territory of the Republican Ingush hospital in Nazran a group of citizens hampered the police officers who conducted a operational-search activity to arrest those involved in the activities of illegal armed groups. Ignoring the legitimate demands of the police to stop illegal activities, these individuals were aggressive and essentially thwarted the planned activities. Two immediate organizers of illegal actions who were identified - a resident of Nazran Magomed Khazbiyev and a resident of the village of Surkhakhi, Nazran district - fled the scene.

The second version, voiced by Khazbiyev sister. Brothers Khazbiyevs were on duty in the hospital that day. When they wanted to leave, they could not do it, since the exit was blocked by a Lada Priora without license plates. Brothers began talking to the driver, but he refused to move off, and one of Khazbiyev's relatives called police. Then, some people in camouflage appeared. Magomed Khazbiyev was not in the hospital that day.

According to Khazbiyev, on October 18, he had a confrontation with an officer of the Center for Extremism Prevention of Nazran police department, who drew up a report. "I was called almost organizer of the disorder in the hospital yard on September 1, rocked the cars. At the confrontation a man who drew up a report said he saw me for the first time. But this statement was not taken into account in the court", Magomed Khazbiyev said.

There is one strange moment in this story. If Khazbiev was really involved in a fight with the police, why he was not immediately put into wanted list and arrested? Virtually the entire republic knew that he quietly left the Ingushetia and lived in Moscow, where he participated in organizing pickets of the opposition movement "Mekhk-Khel" outside the buildings of the State Duma, Federation Council and Administration of the President of Russia.

However, the second accused of the escape from the scene, Ilez Nalgiyev was subsequently arrested and convicted by the court to 15 days of administrative arrest. Meanwhile, Khazbiyev was summoned to the Ministry of Internal Affairs only on October 18 by phone, and then arrested, that is nearly six weeks after the "escape from the scene".

Those dissenting tend to consider this arrest an attempt of the authorities to intimidate the opposition, which is now preparing for mass hunger strike demanding the resignation of Yunus-Bek Yevkurov as head of the republic. "Khazbiyev's arrest is rather intimidating in nature", the leader of the opposition movement "Mekhk-Khel" Idris Abadiyev commented the situation.

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