Ingushetia: a Son of a Former Opposition Journalist Killed, Relatives – Detained
Human Rights Center “Memorial” reported that on May 6, 2010, after 7 am in the district of new buildings in the village of Kantyshevo (Nazran district of Ingushetia) during the special operation carried out by officers of federal power structures local resident Zelimkhan Oziev from the Gazikov street was killed.
Federal forces on heavies and some tens of other vehicles blocked Ozievs’ house.
Some minutes before that federal forces, among those there were women, entered the house of Luiza Kodzoeva living in the neighbouring street. Militants with a dog examined a house. They behaved rudely, insulted the owner of the house, swore. Nobody lives in the house except Luiza and her five minor children. However, not long ago officers of unidentified power structures had already searched the house. This time federal forces left the house immediately after the search.
When Ozievs’ house was blocked, everybody being there was told with a loudspeaker to open doors and windows and then leave the house. There were the owner of the house, her children Zelimkhan, supposed was born in 1981, Timur, was born in 1978, Aina, was born in 1980, pregnant Zelimkhan’s wife, Timur’s wife and a four-year-old Aina’s son in the house.
Eveyone left the house. Zelimkhan being afraid started running. The militants shot at him and killed him. The rest were taken to the courtyard. Federal forces shooted at the house several times supposedly by a grenade launcher. They checked Ozievs’ documents, asked if there was anybody else in the house. Then they took Aina and Timur in the direction of the town of Magas, supposedly – to the FSB department. Relatives were not told where Aina and Timur would be taken and why they were detained.
Earlier the head of the Ozievs family Murat Oziev was a famous Ingush opposition journalist, editor of a newspaper “Angusht”. He always had problems with the authorities beacuse of his opposition activity during Murat Zyazikov’s governing. The copies of the newspaper were withdrawn several times. Oziev’s house was searched. Murat Oziev died in January 2009.
Law enforcement authorities did not have any claims to Ozievs. No one of the family is wanted, no one is hiding.
Aina Ozieva is the widow of Khasbulat Amerkhanov who was killed in the end of 2005 by agents of secret services of Russia. Amerkhanov was suspected of participation in illegal armed groups by Russian side. But he was well-bred, decent literate young man.