NAZRAN, March 13. The head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov did not know that a member of the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on development of civil society and human rights, Chairman of the Committee for the prevention of torture Igor Kalyapin wanted to hold a press conference on the situation in Chechnya, but believes that Ingushetia is unacceptable to use as a platform to discuss issues related to other regions of the country.
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That human rights defenders allegedly not allowed to hold in Ingushetia press conference, reported by some media with reference to the Committee.
“To be honest, I only learned about it now,” Yevkurov said in Magas, answering the journalists ‘ questions. He stressed that he has “all the normal rights defenders working relationship”. “I have discussed and is prepared to discuss with them any concerns, but not unilaterally,” – said Yevkurov.
“Referring to the arrival Kalyapin to the Republic, I can say that if he had intended to discuss with me the problems of our Republic, he’d told me, but no signal is not received,” – said the head of the region.
Speaking about the possibility of the Committee holding a press conference in Magas, Yevkurov said: “About the press conference on the situation in the Chechen Republic – the city of Grozny, there may this makes. If Kalyapin and other human rights activists want to use Ingushetia as a springboard to discuss their issues with other subjects, this is unacceptable.”
Wednesday Kalyapin was informed about the attack on human rights defenders and journalists on the border of Ingushetia and Chechnya: a group of unknown three cars attacked journalists and human rights defenders and beat them, and then smashed and set fire to the car on which they moved. As reported, the attack was attended by about 20 unknown. Injured six people, four of them have sought medical help. In Ingushetia criminal case under articles of the criminal code “Hooliganism” and “Deliberate destruction or property damage”.