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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Russian Media: They Report and Decide

Have a look at these two reports and their respective headlines regarding Magomed Yevloyev, a fellow who ran a website (blog?) that was critical of Russian authorities (authoritarians) and who "happened" to die in police custody.

RIA Novosti:

Police accidentally shoot dead owner of banned N.Caucasus website -2

The owner of a banned website in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia died of gunshot wounds sustained while riding in a police car on Sunday.

Magomed Yevloev died in hospital in the republic's largest city of Nazran.

A source in the republic's Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that Yevloev's death had come about after he was detained by police at Magas Airport. Police officers then put him in a police car to take him to Nazran to give testimony regarding "a criminal case."

"Preliminary reports say that as the vehicle that Yevloev and the police officers were in was moving, one of the police officers' guns accidentally went off, and a bullet hit Yevloev in the head," the source said.

"He was shot straight in the temple," said Magomed Khazbiyev, Yevloev's official representative, adding that doctors had done all they could to save his life.

Heh. Yeah, lots of accidental shootings result from a bullet entering the skull at the temple. I hear behind the ear is almost as common and torso and appendage wounds are so rare as to raise suspicion of foul play in Russia.


Deputy says Russian police kill Web site owner

The owner of an independent Web site critical of authorities was shot and killed Sunday by police in a volatile province in southern Russia, his colleague said.

Police arrested owner Magomed Yevloyev on Sunday, taking him off a plane that had just landed in Ingushetia province near Chechnya, said the site's deputy editor, Ruslan Khautiyev.

Police whisked Yevloyev away in a car and later dumped him on the road with a gunshot wound in the head, Khautiyev said. He said Yevloyev died in a hospital shortly afterward.

That's a bit of reporting that pretty much contrasts with the Novosti article at virtually every angle.

In terms of danger, base-jumpers have got nothing on free thinking Russians who publicly criticize their government.


James said...

Ah, Tsar Putin continues to bring down the curtain. I wonder if everyday Russians are getting nervous yet.

Good post!

Dick Stanley said...

Death by cop. A very old story. Dumping by roadside, however, shows unfortunate hubris.