Opposition leader in Ingushetia region shot dead in car

An opposition leader in Ingushetia was shot dead in his car on Sunday, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Opposition leader in Ingushetia region shot dead in car

An opposition leader in Ingushetia was shot dead in his car on Sunday, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

The opposition figure and local businessman, Maksharip Aushev, was driving near the town of Nalchik in the nearby region of Kabardino-Balkaria when his car was hit by gunfire, another opposition leader, Magomed Khazbiev, told Interfax.

Local officials later confirmed the attack, which took place on a main road running through the region.

Aushev was an associate of Ingush opposition journalist Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of the Ingushetia.ru opposition website, who was killed in police custody in August 2008 from what the police said was "an accidental gun shot," which led to large scale protests in the republic.

Aushev ran the Ingushetia.ru website for some time.

His death follows the killing in July of Natalya Estemirova, a prominent human rights activist who was found shot dead in Ingushetia after being kidnapped in Chechnya earlier in the day.

Estemirova's reporting on rights abuses had angered Chechnya's Kremlin-backed regional president, Ramzan Kadyrov. Earlier this month, Kadyrov won a defamation lawsuit against a Russian rights activist who blamed him for the killing of Estemirova whose murder sparked international outrage.



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