Ingushetia president to make early return, cutting short treatment

The leader of Ingushetia cut short his medical treatment after an assassination attempt and decided to turn home in a few days, his spokesman said.

Ingushetia president to make early return, cutting short treatment


World Buletin/ News Desk

The leader of Caucasus region of Ingushetia on Thursday cut short his medical treatment after an assassination attempt and decided to turn home in a few days, his spokesman said.

One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus, Ingushetia borders with Chechnya which declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.

Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.

Ingushi President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has been recovering at a resort near Moscow from wounds sustained when a suicide bomber exploded his car next to his convoy in June, Reuters said.

"The president has decided to cut short his medical rehabilitation, in the next few days he will fly home," Yevkurov's spokesman, Kaloi Akhilgov, said by telephone.

The decision came after Russian president Dimitri Medvedev's call to kill all fighters in the region without "emotion or hesitation".

25 people were killed in a bomb attack on a police station in Ingushetia's Nazran.

After the Nazran blast, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent Deputy Interior Minister Arkady Yedelev, former KGB veteran, to take over control of security in Ingushetia from local officials.

In a further step towards imposing direct rule by Moscow, on Wednesday Medvedev ordered a tougher crackdown on Ingushi fighters, including putting them on trial outside the region and without jury hearings.

Amnesty International also said in its report on Caucasus, published on Wednesday, that so-called the counter-terrorism operation that the Russian authorities declared there gave a green light tohuman right violations by government forces in Chechnya.

In 2008, high-level Chechen officials, including President Ramzan Kadyrov, made public statements stating that the families of insurgents should expect to be punished unless they convinced their relatives to surrender.


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