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Russian court orders closure of Internet site carrying news from volatile Caucasus province

Russian court orders closure of Internet site carrying news from volatile Caucasus province

A court in the Russian capital ordered the closure of an Internet site Friday that carried news from the volatile southern province of Ingushetia.
Prosecutors said the Ingushetia.ru site, which posted news from the Caucasus province west of Chechnya, had carried extremist material.
The site's editors protested the ruling by Moscow's Kuntsevo District Court, saying it would only encourage the creation of illegal Web resources advocating militants' views.
"That would force visitors of our site to search for such illegal resources, deepening the gap between the authorities and the people and destabilizing the situation in Russia's south," they said in a statement.
Ingushetia has seen frequent raids and ambushes against federal forces and local authorities. Government critics attribute the growing violence to anger fueled by alleged abductions, beatings, unlawful arrests and killings of suspects by federal forces and local paramilitaries.
Many Ingush are also unhappy with regional leader Murat Zyazikov, a former KGB officer.


Updated : 2021-05-09 15:22 GMT+08:00