Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of Ingushetia.ru, a website which opposes the Kremlin-backed government of the northern-Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, was shot and killed in a police vehicle shortly after being picked up at Ingushetia’s Nazran Airport.
Yevloyev had just returned from a trip to Moscow when Murat Zyazikov, the president of Ingushetia, who happened to be aboard the same flight, ordered police to arrest him. Officers drove away with Yevloyev, later dropping his lifeless body outside the national hospital in Nazran. He appeared to have suffered a gunshot to the temple.
This is just another horrendous example of the Kremlin’s disregard for freedom of speech. In 2006, journalist Anna Politkovskaya suffered a similar fate to that of Yevloyev’s, yet public outcry quickly waned, and the incident was largely forgotten.
Hopefully this story will gain some traction and raise awareness of the kind of pressure being exerted on Russian dissidents to silence themselves. If they aren’t allowed to talk, those who can must speak for them.