On March 23, an unauthorized demonstration was held in Ingushetia’s main city Nazran, during which protestors demanded that the republican authorities ascertain the fate of Ilez Gorchkhanov, a resident of Nazran’s Plievsky municipal district who had disappeared.
Witnesses said the demonstrators, including friends and relatives of Gorchkhanov, held signs reading “Return Ilez!” and expressed the view that the special services were behind his disappearance.
A source told the Kavkazsky Uzel website that members of Ingushetia’s OMON police special tasks unit arrived at the scene of the demonstration along with members of other Special Forces units, fired in the air and then began to beat the protesters, including the father of Gorchkhanov, who was thrown to the ground and beaten with truncheons. Witnesses said that the head of Nazran’s police department, Movsar Tambiev, arrived at the scene of the demonstration in the city, along with Ingushetia’s Deputy Interior Minister, Isa Gireyev, and the acting secretary of the republic’s Security Council, Bekkhan Atigov, and that Tambiev was in charge of the operation to break up the protest.
On March 23, the day the demonstration took place in Nazran, several dozen armed men wearing camouflage uniforms and masks burst into the home owned by the father of Ingush opposition activist Magomed Khazbiev, who had taken part in the demonstration. The raiders beat Khazbiev and his two brothers, Murad and Berd, and then took them away. The raiders also seized Magomed Khazbiev’s car. Khazbiev was subsequently able to communicate with Kavkazsky Uzel, telling the website that he and his two brothers were being held by the Nazran police and that he had sustained a serious head wound from beatings at the hands of the police and that he was asking to be taken to the hospital.