EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

“Big blow to Kremlin” – Nazran Massacre

Posted by Info on 18/08/2009

Reuters: A suicide bomber killed 20 people and wounded 138 in Russia’s Ingushetia region on Monday, turning a simmering Islamist insurgency there into the biggest test of Kremlin control of its southern flank.
Growing lawlessness and Islamist violence in neighbouring Dagestan and Chechnya is also undermining Moscow’s control of the region.

“Every day something happens on (Ingushetia’s)…territory,” President Dmitry Medvedev  “And they are all links in the same chain, all consequences of terrorist activity.”

Medvedev sacked Ingushetia’s interior minister after the bombing, the latest in a string of assaults against police and politicians in Russia’s poorest region, bordering Chechnya.

“This is a big blow to the Kremlin,” said Tatyana Lokshina, an activist with Human Rights Watch “The number of attacks has been growing for a while.”

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