SPECIAL EXTRA: Another one Bites the Dust

Maksharip Aushev

Maksharip Aushev

Journalist, lawyer, human rights activist and businessman Maksharip Aushev, heir apparent to Ingushetia.org publisher Magomed Yevloyev (murdered in August 2008 becuase of his opposition activities),was brutally assassinated in Nazran, Ingushetia, on Sunday.  Just as Natalia Estemirova, heir of Anna Politikovskaya, was liquidated, so too has become the fate of the heir of the firey Yevloyev, whose website boldly challenged the Kremlin’s mismanagement, manipulation, persecution and destruction of the Caucasus region.  Aushev took over and ran Ingushetia.org after Yevloyev’s murder (which the Kremlin ridiculously tried to pass off as an “accident”).  When Yevloyev was murdered, the Kremlin placed a military intelligence officer — i.e., a KGB spy — in charge of Ingushetia, and this killing is the inevitable result of the Kremlin’s further tragically impotent efforts to clamp down on dissent in the region.  Aushev had been ritualistically persecuted by the Kremlin from the moment of Yevloyev’s killing (indeed, since well before it) in an obvious effort to intimdiate him into silence.  Just last month he was the victim of a kidnapping attempt.

So once again we see that the only way the crude thugs who operate the government of Russia can “win” an argument is at gunpoint.

37 responses to “SPECIAL EXTRA: Another one Bites the Dust

  1. this is truly sad, another great man has been silenced. Putin and Kremlin once again have shown what muredring basterds they are.

  2. its ethnic purges against caucasians, putin and kremlin seem to have a special hatred for people from caucasus

  3. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
    to the hero of the human race and for human rights and freedoms, and against the wicked oppression of evil rulers, the just man,
    MAKSHARIP AUSHEV!
    The just shall be in everlasting rememberance, they shall shine as the stars of heaven!
    Reader Daniel

  4. One bandit was killed by bandits from another gang … Probably not shared loot. History is as old as the world …

    • Yes, and Politkovskaya and Estemirova were bandits too, right? And indeed, anyone who dares to question Vladimir Putin is a bandit, and need to be locked up, don’t they? If only Stalin was still alive to do things the right way . . .

  5. Aushev was a fierce critic of pro-russian chechen president Kadyrov. Just two weeks ago Aushe wrote a reports about Kadyrov´s death squads,who openly kill civilians in Ingushetia and present them as “killed rebels” in front of the cameras. One more Kadyrov foe,who was simply shot like a sirty street-dog. Kadyrov kills all opponents,rebels,human rights activists,civilians,even russians who hate him,as well as pro-russian chechens,who don´t wanna join the “Kadyrovites”. Simply remember the spectacular “golden gun”-assassination of Sulim Yamadayev in Dubai seven months ago!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/5120435/Chechen-president-admits-stable-hand-was-arrested-for-Dubai-murder.html

    • Kadyrov is a criminal and a murder, but is this Putins new strategy ? he thinks they can just blame Kadyrov for everything so that he avoids responsibility for killing all this human right activists in Chechnya? Putin is ultimately respnsible for these murders.

  6. If Putin wanted to kill Politkovskaya, it would have died of “heart attack”, for example. Also, as Milosevic is dead (the West did not want to kill him in public).

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    If Putin was clever, he’d kill her in way people wouldn’t expect. So if she was shot, according to you, nobody could blame him. Dimwit.

    And apparently you admit that Putin murdered Litvinenko! Thanks!

    Thanks for admitting Putin would kill his political enemies!

    • To LA RUSSOPHOBE: “And apparently you admit that Putin murdered Litvinenko! Thanks!” WHEN I said that Putin killed Litvinenko? According to the logic of the previous message is not so!

  7. Our DEEDS declare who and what we are, in life, and in death, both:
    Our deeds in life, they are what prove….to the whole world…. our noble goodnesses or our ignobilities. We know more than enough about the nobility of this newest victim of the gang that is ruining Russia, Chechnya, and the surrounding victim peoples, to KNOW that Maksharip Aushev, deserves our res-pect and our mourning….for a good and a just man, who was so viciously murdered by agents of very very wicked monsters.
    Thus, we do not need the Kremlin gangster’s lies or it’s slanders against it’s innocent victims.
    If we are on the side of truth
    we will believe ONLY the facts.
    And nine times out of ten, we virtually never hear the truth from Putler or his cronies. In fact, we expect them to lie. It’s their habit, afterall.
    The shock comes, when…..we hear ANY truthful facts from those liars.
    All praise to the martyrs for truth and mercy and goodness!

  8. Urgh. I don’t know who I hate more, the likes of Putin or Kadyrov, or the scum like Schroeder or Berlusconi or Steinmeyer who devote their energies to making excuses for this junta. If Obama’s foreign policy is to indulge Russia, then he too has the blood of activists and democrats on his hands. RIP Aushev. You were braver than I think I could ever be.

    • Yes, show your true face: Obama is black – he is not worthy to be president! This you want to say?

      • Victor you crack me up, you are honestly really funny : )

        • Kate, please don’t cracked!

          You hate everyone who even as it tries to save the world. All of these policies (and Obama in particular) tried before, and now are trying to conduct a civilized policy, in contrast to George Bush for example.

  9. I’m hoping the experts can indulge an ignorant Yank by answering a question. And yes, I checked wikipedia first, and they couldn’t help me.

    Was this man any relation to the old Ingush president from the 90s, Ruslan Aushev? Or is the surname Aushev the local equivalent of Jones or Smith?

    Thanks.

  10. Secretary of Russia’s National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev says the country should be ready for “large-scale conflicts”.

    “In 1993, we said that military conflicts have been ruled out, but life has shown this is not the case,” AFP quoted Patrushev, as saying on Thursday.

    “There have been regional and local conflicts, and we cannot rule out large-scale conflicts and we need to be ready for this,” he added.

    Patrushev made the comments while discussing a new version of Russia’s military doctrine, which officials have been drafting in recent months.

    Last week, Patrushev said the new doctrine would allow Russia to carry out a “preventative” nuclear strike against would-be aggressors.

    MGH/SS/MMN

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=109378&sectionid=351020602

  11. i cant believe russia is thinking about adopting a doctrine which would allow russia pre emptive nuclear strikes on regional conflicts. This is a direct threat to georgia and all of northern caucasus, and a warning to anyone who dares to get involved.

  12. @the Kremlin placed a military intelligence officer — i.e., a KGB spy

    Zyazikov was actually a KGB general (Putin was only a low-rank officer, even when running the entire FSB he was still just a lt-colonel).

    • Oh, and the military intelligence was and is the GRU.

      • Hi Robert maybe you can post that recent documentary viceo about Ingushetia, if it is possible where Aushev is featured? thanks.

        • Nope, but here’s an example of his activities:

          http://axisglobe.com/article.asp?article=1743

          Ingush human rights activists call recent FSB special operation execution without judgment

          Brothers Ruslan and Makhmud Uzhakovs, shot on January 24 in the course of the Russian security forces special operation in the centre of Nazran, were not insurgents, leaders of Ingush opposition Magomed Khazbiyev and Maksharip Aushev told online paper Sobkor®ru.

          The Uzhakovs were killed in a booth of photo services in a crowded place near the bus station. “There were many witnesses who can confirm that the alleged insurgents were not shooting. The brothers constantly worked in the photobooth. Except for urgent photo services they also sold CDs and DVDs, including those with the Islamist literature.

          According to Khazbiyev, those CDs became the reason of steadfast attention of security services. One month prior to the Federal Security Service (FSB) special operation Ruslan Uzhakov told Khazbiyev that they were visited by unknown persons who had roughly demanded to take away the CDs, having accused the brothers in propogating Wahhabism.

          Ruslan Uzhakov had objected the allegations having replied that not all Muslims are Wahhabists, though the security service employees insisted on the contrary. Then they were on a regular basis visiting the photobooth and carrying out informal interrogations to find out whether the brothers were involved in the attacks against Ingush policemen. Khazbiyev assumes that the security services intentionally have been forcing tension in the Caucasian republic, provoking youth “to take up arms”, according to the online paper.

          Talking to the Sobkor®ru, Maksharip Aushev condemned execution of unarmed people in the centre of Nazran. Aushev said no percent of the truth were in the words of security forces chiefs, „It was execution without trial.”

          AIA reported, referring to Interfax news agency, on the official information that in Nazran two participants of the illegal armed formations, residents of Ingushetia, were destroyed on January 24. Ruslan and Murads Uzhakovs were charged with attempt at life of employees of law enforcement bodies, illegal circulation of arms and ammunition.

          Meanwhile the online site Ingushetia.org reports that the Uzhakovs brothers were shot dead even without trying to discuss with them. Having completely blocked the local trade centre building, employees of security services have blocked all approaches to it and did not offer the brothers to leave or surrender. The FSB employees simply blocked the entrance door to the photo workshop and killed the Uzhakovs by direct hit of a large-calibre machine-gun, Ingushetia.org marks.

  13. @Just last month he was the victim of a kidnapping attempt.

    And one year ago:

    29/10/2008
    South Federal District, Ingushetia / Human rights, Crime, Power organs

    Ingushetia reports kidnapping of three Aushev clan members

    In Ingushetia, on October 27, power agents cordoned a street in Surkhakhi village, conducted searches and kidnapped three young men-members of the Aushev clan.

    The oppositional website “Ingushetia.Org” reports that people in masks who operated in Surkhakhi village gave no explanations, presented no documents, having referred only Rustambek Zyazikov, brother of the President of Ingushetia.

    Aushevs’ houses were searched and three young men were taken to unknown place. Besides, two cars were hijacked.

    There were no confirmations of this news from other sources.

    The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on September 18, 2007, at the exit from Grozny towards Ingushetia, two residents of Surkhakhi village, Nazran District of Ingushetia, – Aushev, Magomed Maksharipovich, born in 1985, and Aushev, Magomed Osmanovich, born 1982, were kidnapped.

    Father of one of them, Maksharip Aushev (one of leaders of the Ingush opposition), has managed to trace the kidnappers and establish not only the exact place where the detainees were kept but also the surnames of the authors of that “special operation”.

    Magomed Khazbiev, Maksharip’s supporter and head of the Nationwide Rally of Ingush Nation, has reported that Maksharip Aushev, the current owner of the independent Internet portal “Ingushetia.Ru” (now “Ingushetia.Org”), whose house is searched on a regular basis, is under threat of physical liquidation.

    See earlier reports: “No Chechen militiamen among those kidnapped in Ingushetia,” “Khazbiev: Maksharip Aushev could have been killed during search in his house in Ingushetia,” “Aushev brothers kidnapped in Chechnya were kept in Urus-Martan.”

    http://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/newstext/engnews/id/1232316.html

  14. Ingushetia in ‘state of civil war’
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7743551.stm

    He added that more than 50 soldiers had been killed so far this year.

    Other senior officials in the local government have been quoted as saying they have to mount security operations to eliminate the rebels because of the threat they pose to Moscow’s rule over the region.

    The arrival of a new leader of Ingushetia who is a battle-hardened soldier and veteran of the Chechen conflict may sound ominous.

    But the top opposition politician Maksharip Aushev holds out some hope that Yunus-Bek Yevkurov could improve the situation.

    “The former leader Zyazikov was 100% to blame (for the situation). The first thing (new leader Yunus- Bek Yevkurov) did was to invite us to meet him and he said he plans to stop the human rights abuses and tackle corruption. At the moment we see no reason not to trust him.”

    • So far there have not been any signs of change and the violence and abuses have continued.

      “We will give [Mr Yevkurov] a maximum of three months,” Mr Aushev says.

      “We will support him if things change, if not it will go back to the situation as it was before.”

  15. the chechen rebel website “www.kavkazcenter.com” was the first website yesterday,who reported Aushev´s death. What happened? Look,24 hours later the FSB has hacked the website,it´s not available at the moment.The server of Kavkazcenter is actually located in Finland. The Kremlin-camarilla wants to bad news from the Caucasus,the killings must go unreported according to their criminal logics!

  16. wants NO bad news from the Caucasus, sorry

  17. Kavkazcenter is working again and reports,that the FSB hacked indeed the website last night for several hours!

    Guys,let´s recall again,that two weeks ago Aushev wrote an essay about Kadyrov´s death quads in Ingushetia! It´s quite possible,that he was killed by the Kadyrovites,it´s no problem for Kadyrov´s armed bandits to drive to Nalchik!

  18. Meanwhile in Dagestan:

    Human rights activists report new kidnappings and extrajudicial executions in Dagestan

    http://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/11528

    See earlier reports: “Newsweek: “death squadrons” in the Caucasus are backed by local operative agents,” “Another rally on Alikhan Dinov’s murder held in Dagestan,” “President of Dagestan treats statement of HRC “Memorial” about extrajudicial executions as provocation.”

  19. 60 bullets for Aushev

    http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000024-000001-000028&lang=1

    Many people were surprised by his position: a successful businessman, one of the richest men in the republic, he put his own life at stake. His engagement in politics was forced on him by circumstances. In September 2007, his son and nephew were kidnapped and threatened with murder, but by his campaigning efforts he managed to get them freed. Not even the killing of Magomed Yevloyev was able to dissuade him from political activity. Although he helped the Ingush opposition not by word but by deed – with financial support and the organizing of rallies and protests – Aushev was hardly a revolutionary. He believed it was not possible but necessary to engage in dialogue with the authorities. On only one point did he categorically refuse to compromise: a demand that Magomed Yevloyev’s killers be punished, and that the practice of murder and kidnapping in Ingushetia be brought to an end.

    Aushev had long been persecuted by the authorities. After the house of his relatives was burned down by the law enforcement agencies, he lived with semi-legal status, and attempts were made to force him to give himself up. His home, as well as his business offices, which had served as the opposition’s headquarters, were subjected to constant raids and searches. In 2008 he was arrested on charges of organizing public disorder and spent a few months in prison in Nalchik.

    Aushev supported Yevkurov’s initiatives aimed at starting a dialogue of the Ingush people with the authorities, and even joined an expert council set up by the office of the Russian government’s human right ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin. But Aushev’s life did not become more secure after the resignation of former Ingush President Murat Zyazikov. Several attempts were made kill or kidnap him, and his nephew, who was driving his car, was murdered. A month ago, the FSB tried to kidnap Aushev on the outskirts of the republic’s capital, and only the intervention of bystanders saved his life.

    Aushev had recently returned from Turkey to organize his son’s wedding of his son and deal with problems of business. He was openly shadowed, and although his supporters and relatives constantly accompanied him and several times cut off the pursuers or detained them, the pursuers were allowed to go free – they showed passes of the FSB or Interior Ministry. This protracted confrontation with the security forces was bound to end badly – in the Caucasus, no opposition figure or rights activist has so far managed to survive a conflict with them.

  20. Russia’s political murders
    When was the last time that killings of human rights activists were so blatant, and so common?

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    MURDERS OF human rights activists in Russia have been happening with such frequency that some will be tempted to shrug at the brutal slaying on Sunday of Maksharip Aushev, who campaigned against abuses by the security forces in the Caucasian republic of Ingushetia. Mr. Maksharip was driving on a major highway, in broad daylight, when a car pulled up beside him and delivered a fusillade of bullets. His funeral came two months after that of Zarema Sadulayeva, the head of a children’s charity in neighboring Chechnya, and her husband, who were shot and stuffed in a car trunk. Those murders, in turn, followed the July 15 killing of Natalya Estemirova, Chechnya’s most prominent human rights activist.

    No one has been arrested, much less held responsible, in any of these cases.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/28/AR2009102804143.html

  21. oops! sorry for the first one i accidently copied and pasted wrong things.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Russia’s political murders
    When was the last time that killings of human rights activists were so blatant, and so common?

    MURDERS OF human rights activists in Russia have been happening with such frequency that some will be tempted to shrug at the brutal slaying on Sunday of Maksharip Aushev, who campaigned against abuses by the security forces in the Caucasian republic of Ingushetia. Mr. Maksharip was driving on a major highway, in broad daylight, when a car pulled up beside him and delivered a fusillade of bullets. His funeral came two months after that of Zarema Sadulayeva, the head of a children’s charity in neighboring Chechnya, and her husband, who were shot and stuffed in a car trunk. Those murders, in turn, followed the July 15 killing of Natalya Estemirova, Chechnya’s most prominent human rights activist.

    No one has been arrested, much less held responsible, in any of these cases.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/28/AR2009102804143.html

  22. NGO Staff Member was Kidnapped in Chechnya

    Wednesday, 4 November 2009

    Zarema Gaysanova, 40 years old, a NGO staff member, was kidnapped from her house in Grozny by unknown armed people on October 31.

    According to members of a non-governmental local Chechen organization which engages in human rights activities, on October 31, a few armed men came to house of Zarema Gaysanova in Darvin Street number 7, in Leninsky district of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. They broke into the house, grabbed Zarema without any explanation, and then Zarema was taken away her to an unknown direction.

    According to her relatives, Zarema was working for Danish Refugee Council, an international human rights organization. On the other hand, Rikke Johannessen from Caucasus Desk of the Council, confirmed to news about Zarema.

    Relatives of Zarema couldn’t find any information about her. They accused local gang members of FSB in Chechnya on this tragic event. Then on November 3, they appealed for help to Lyudmila Alekseeva, the head of Moscow-Helsinki Group, who was in Magas city of neighbouring Ingushetia for a conference about terrorism.

    Until now, there isn’t any information about location and fate of Zarema Gaysanova.

    • Danish Refugee Council:

      http://www.drc.dk/relief-work/where-we-work/north-caucasus/chechnya/

      Attitudes of Kadyrov “government” towards the group:

      RAMZAN BANS ALL THINGS DANISH

      Publication: North Caucasus Analysis Volume: 7 Issue: 6

      February 8, 2006 10:00

      Responding to the controversy surrounding a Danish newspaper’s publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed, acting Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov announced to journalists in Moscow that Chechnya would not admit “anything that comes out of Denmark”—including non-governmental organizations.

      “They (the Danes) play on the feelings of one-and-a-half billion people, they act as instigators,” Itar-Tass on February 7 quoted Kadyrov as saying. “We shall prohibit the Danish non-governmental organizations and everything that comes from there and keep it out of Chechnya.” Asked which Danish organizations he meant, Kadyrov told journalists in Moscow that all organizations from Denmark “have been banned and won’t be present in our republic,” Interfax reported on February 6.

      (…)

      Interfax on February 7 quoted an anonymous official of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department who called the Danish Refugee Council a major partner and said that if the controversy surrounding the council’s presence in Chechnya were not resolved, it was difficult to imagine how aid could be provided to more than 200,000 people. The official said it would be virtually impossible to find another organization capable of replacing the Danish Refugee Council in Chechnya.

      Ruslan Badalov, head of the Ingushetia-based Chechen National Salvation Committee non-governmental organization, told Kavkazky Uzel on February 7 that closing down the Danish Refugee Council’s activities in Chechnya would leave 40,000 Chechens on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. “One should not connect a humanitarian organization with those who infringed on moral norms and what is sacred to Muslims,” Badalov said. “There should, of course, be condemnations [and] protests within civilized boundaries. But this is a humanitarian organization that is helping tens of thousands of people who have been deprived of everything—living quarters, work, food! It is wrong to deprive this people of invaluable aid: it is not the money of the newspaper that printed the caricatures, it is not the money of some specific citizens. It is funding apportioned by the United Nations for aid to people.” According to Badalov, the Danish Refugee Council has used these funds for construction programs, food distribution, psychological rehabilitation and small-business start-ups for displaced persons in Chechnya. “Now, with the new law on non-governmental organizations, the Danish Refugee Council and other NGOs can be closed down,” he added. “So that I think the actions of the Chechen Republic’s authorities are completely incorrect. But Ramzan Kadyrov is sovereign in the republic and if he takes a position, it will be as he says.”

      According to the Chechen National Salvation Committee, the estimated 50,000 Chechen refugees in Ingushetia are receiving what they need to live. Yet the estimated 40,000 displaced people inside Chechnya itself “have neither house nor home,” said Ruslan Badalov. “And I didn’t hear from the Chechen authorities that, ‘we are depriving you of that aid, but now we ourselves will be helping you, even more than the Danish council did.’ Alas, there has been no such statement.”

      Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the Civil Assistance committee and a member of the Memorial human rights center, also condemned the decision to ban Danish organizations in Chechnya. “Denmark is a small country and it does what it can to help the needy in the Caucasus, but it’s top quality help,” she told Interfax on February 7, noting that the Danish Refugee Council runs many humanitarian programs in Chechnya and Ingushetia. “These people offered help at the hardest time [for Chechnya] and they worked wonderfully. They helped thousands of those in need in the Caucasus. As many people will remain without aid if Danish organizations are really denied access.”

      Some Russian politicians were critical of Ramzan Kadyrov for closing down the Danish Refugee Council—albeit some more cautiously than others. Independent State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov told Radio Liberty’s Russian-language service on February 7 that his initial reaction to the decision was one of “perplexity” and “indignation,” given that it was “unlawful” and “barbaric” and ultimately punished the Chechen people rather than the Danish government or Danish aid groups. State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev, for his part, told Ekho Moskvy radio on February 7: “I think the Chechen leadership should, at the very least, lift this decision for the time being. I consider this decision inappropriate. Danish humanitarian organizations and the Danish government are not responsible for the cartoons that appeared in the Danish press. The response is inappropriate.” The Chechen leadership’s decision was also “incorrect in its form,” Kosachev said, because cooperation with non-governmental and governmental organizations should be dealt with at the federal level.

      State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov called Kadyrov’s statement a “very personal opinion” that “must first be taken to the bodies of power for approval,” Itar-Tass reported on February 7. Pavel Krasheninnikov, chairman of the State Duma’s committee on civil, criminal, arbitration and procedural law, called Kadyrov’s statement a “strictly emotional” one that “in no way fits with Russian legislation,” the Tatar-inform news agency reported on February 7. Krasheninnikov added that only a court could ban an organization from Russia and that “no official, even of a high rank, is authorized to take such a decision.”

      While some observers saw Ramzan Kadyrov’s ban on Danish organizations as “emotional,” others saw it as something more premeditated. “Kadyrov has for a long time been playing the Islamic theme and regards it instrumentally,” Novye izvestia on February 8 quoted the Moscow Carnegie Center’s Aleksei Malashenko as saying. He pointed to, among other things, Kadyrov’s announcement of a jihad against Wahhabis and ban on gambling (see Chechnya Weekly, August 10, 2005) and his support for the idea of polygamy (see Chechnya Weekly, January 19). According to Malashenko, Kadyrov hopes with such moves to achieve popularity with a sector of Chechen society and to improve relations with the rest of the Muslim world. “But at the same time it very much coincides with the campaign against NGOs that is going on in Russia now,” he added.

      Similarly, Kommersant wrote on February 7 that despite the questionable legality Kadyrov’s initiative, “from the political point of view it looks extremely timely. Because this proposal, first of all, fits in with the long-standing policy of the Russian authorities of ‘forcing out’ foreign humanitarian and human rights organizations from the North Caucasus and, secondly, completely conforms with Vladimir Putin’s new aim to limit the influence of foreign NGOs on Russia’s internal political situation.”

  23. NAZRAN, August 4 (Itar-Tass) – Ingushetia police have said they have established the identity of the man killed at a cafe in central Nazran earlier on Wednesday. “He’s Ibragim Yevloyev, a former deputy director of the state protection center under the Ingush Interior Ministry,” a law-enforcement official told Itar-Tass.

    The official said Ibragim Yevloyev was convicted in December 2008 for the murder of the owner of the Opposition website “Ingushetia.ru.” He was charged with negligent homicide.

    Magomed Yevloyev, owner of the Ingushetia.ru website was detained on August 31, 2009 at the Magas airport. According to the official version, he offered resistance to police in their car and tried to seize a weapon from one of the officers, accidentally firing a shot. He died of a gunshot wound. His death caused a public outcry in the republic.

    http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=15376798&PageNum=0

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