From EDRI

Russian and Ingush human rights organizations, as well as OSCE (Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe), are asking for an investigation
into the circumstances of the murder of Magomed Yevloyev, the publisher of
ingushetiya.ru, an independent news website in Ingushetia region.

Yevloyev was a strong critic of Ingush President Murat Zyazikov. His website
had reported on alleged Russian security force brutality in Ingushetia, a
poor Russian region of about half a million people, mostly Muslims. Yevloyev
was detained on 31 August by local Interior Ministry officials at Magas
airport as he was returning to Ingushetia from Moscow and, according to the
police, he was accidentally shot in the head while driven in a police car.

“Evloev is a well-known figure, perhaps, the main oppositional figure in
Ingushetia. His death under such suspicious circumstances can’t but cause
questions,” said Tatiana Lokshina, deputy director of Moscow office of Human
Rights Watch.

Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE’s representative on freedom of the media, said
Yevloyev’s death “is the culmination of an orchestrated campaign by the
authorities of Ingushetia to silence the only critical voice in the region.
Similarly to the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya, this assassination
represents a further deterioration of media freedom in Russia.” He also
stated that ingushetiya.ru had faced continuous pressure from the
authorities, adding: “Only two months ago, I protested against the legal
harassment of ingushetiya.ru and warned that official persecution of free
journalism could result in violence”. He also stated that Russia had to live
up to its OSCE commitments and support, “rather than repress,” free debate,
free reporting, and media pluralism.

The “Mashr” human rights organization which has conducted its own
investigation into the circumstances of Yevloyev’s death, commented: “If
the evidences of eyewitnesses that we have registered are true, there are
grounds to suspect President of Ingushetia Murat Zyazikov and Minister of
Internal Affairs Musa Medov of participation in Magomed Evloev’s murder.”

During Yevloyev’s funeral, on 1 September, an anti-government protest
started in Nazran. The Russian police and special forces dispersed the
demonstrators by firing warning shots and hitting the demonstrators with
batons. The demonstrators were asking for the resignation of Ingushetia’s
Kremlin-appointed governor, Murat Zyazikov, who has been many times
criticised by human rights groups and local activists for the disappearances
of several people in the region.

Human rights organizations demanded that the investigation of Yevloyev’s
death should be entrusted to the federal and not local investigators.

OSCE Says Yevloyev Killing the ‘Culmination Of Orchestrated Campaign’
(3.09.2008)
http://www.rferl.org/content/OSCE_Says_Yevloyev_Killing_the_Culmination_Of_Orchestrated_Campaign/1196011.html

Police ‘break up Ingush protest’ (2.09.2008)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7593877.stm

Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia (31.08.2008)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7590719.stm

Russian police break up demo over Kremlin critic’s death (3.09.2008)
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hRZXWDbhtpfdiO2xXWBMME0yIOeA

Zyazikov and Medov suspected of participation in murder (4.09.2008)
http://ingushetiya.wordpress.com/

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19 September 2008, Brussels, Belgium
High Level Expert Conference: Towards a European Policy on RFID
http://www.rfid-in-action.eu/conference

20 September 2008, Munchen, Germany
Demonstration Freiheit Weiss Blau
http://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freiheit_Weiss_Blau

22 September 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
Workshop on Applications of Private and Anonymous Communications
http://www.alpaca-workshop.org/

22 September 2008, Worldwide
OneWebDay – an Earth Day for the internet.
http://onewebday.org/

24 September 2008, Paris, France
European Opensource Lawyers Event
http://www.eolevent.eu

24-28 September 2008, Athens, Greece
World Summit on the Knowledge Society
http://www.open-knowledge-society.org/summit.htm

30 September 2008, Vienna, Austria
Book launch and award presentation, quintessenz writing contest:
“At the end of the line” – a science fiction anthology pertaining
to civil rights, surveillance and data protection
http://sf.quintessenz.at/

11 October 2008, Worldwide
Action day “Freedom not fear”
Protests, demonstrations and activities against the surveillance mania
http://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/Freedom_Not_Fear_2008

15-17 October 2008, Strasbourg, France
30th International Data Protection and Privacy Conference
http://www.privacyconference2008.org/

18 October 2008, Berne, Switzerland
Big Brother Awards Switzerland 2008
http://www.BigBrotherAwards.ch/

20-21 October 2008, Strasbourg, France
European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG)
http://www.eurodig.org/

20-21 October 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marking the public domain: relinquishment & certification
Third Communia Workshop
http://communia-project.eu/node/109

24 October 2008, Bielefeld, Germany
Big Brother Awards Germany 2008
http://www.BigBrotherAwards.de/

25 October 2008, Vienna, Austria
Big Brother Awards Austria 2008
http://www.BigBrotherAwards.at/

3-6 December 2008, Hyderabad, India
Third Internet Governance Forum
http://www.intgovforum.org

10-11 December 2008: Tilburg, Netherlands
Tilting perspectives on regulating technologies, Tilburg Institute for Law
and Technology, and Society, Tilburg University
http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/tilt/conference

27-30 December 2008 Berlin, Germany
25C3: Nothing to hide
The 25th Chaos Communication Congress
http://events.ccc.de/congress/2008/

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