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23 May 2018, 10:41

Ingush activist Magomed Khazbiev accused of inciting hatred against officials

Magomed Khazbiev, accused in Ingushetia of illegal storage of weapons and insult of a public official, posted online videos with sharp criticism of law enforcers and officials, and that fact provoked a new criminal prosecution. Investigators try to "accuse the opposition activist at least of something," his advocate believes.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that starting from January 11, Magomed Khazbiev is under arrest in the case of illegal possession of weapons and insult of a public official.

Magomed Khazbiev, who arrived in Ingushetia from Chechnya, was arrested on January 11 on suspicion of illegal possession of firearms and insulting a law enforcer. On January 25, Khazbiev's advocates said that his state of health had deteriorated in the SIZO; and the activist himself complained about the "fascist" custody conditions.

A new charge is included in the criminal case against Magomed Khazbiev: incitement of hatred towards a social group (Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The charge arose after the Prosecutor's Office of Ingushetia examined the online videos, in which Magomed Khazbiev "used rather harsh form" to describe the actions of Ingush law enforcers and officials, including Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Evkurov, the "Kommersant" reports today.

Kheda Ibrieva, an advocate of Magomed Khazbiev, believes that "investigators try to accuse the oppositionist at least of something." According to her, the investigators have no evidence of the Magomed Khazbiev's guilt in storing weapons and insulting a public official. "They want to jail the oppositionist to punish him for his criticism, and that is why the investigators try to do their best," the "Kommersant" quotes Kheda Ibrieva as saying.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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