August 31, 2008 / 12:51 PM / 11 years ago

Owner of Russian opposition website reported killed

NAZRAN, Russia, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The owner of an opposition Internet news site in Russia’s troubled Ingushetia region has been killed, one of his colleagues said on Sunday, but news agencies quoted police as saying he was only injured.

A posting on the www.ingushetiya.ru Internet site said owner Magomed Yevloyev had been shot, without giving further details.

Aslanbek Apayev, representative of rights group the Moscow Helsinki Group, told Reuters that opposition figures in Ingushetia had told him Yevloyev was dead.

Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed law enforcement source as saying Yevloyev was alive but had sustained an injury "to the temple area" during an incident in which police had tried to detain him.

Authorities in Ingushetia could not immediately be reached for comment.

Yevloyev is a vocal critic of Ingushetia’s Kremlin-backed leader Murat Zyazikov, who has been struggling to contain a low-level insurgency led by Islamist militants.

Ingushetia is in Russia’s North Caucasus region and neighbours Chechnya, scene of a separatist rebellion that has now been largely quelled.

Zyazikov has criticised the reporting by Ingushetiya.ru and brought a court case earlier this year seeking to close down the site. His critics accuse him of clamping down on dissent and free speech.




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