Ingushetia Timeline

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1944        Feb 23, Stalin ordered the mass deportation Caucasian Muslim nations. Chechens and Ingush to Kazakhstan were deported for resisting Soviet rule and abetting the Germans. "478,479 persons were evicted and loaded onto special railway cars, including 91,250 Ingush." More than a third of the population died before the rest were allowed to go home. Also deported were the Karachays, Balkars, and Meskhetian Turks.
    (WSJ, 9/12/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/23/04, p.A16)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.22)

1996        Mar, Reports said that at least 10,000 Chechens have fled to this neighboring republic of the Russian Union.
    (WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-1)

1999        Jul 20, Pres. Ruslan Aushev declared that men could legally take up to 4 wives. Russia declared the decree unconstitutional the next day.
    (SFC, 7/22/99, p.A12)

1999        Oct 24, Over the weekend the Chechen-Ingush border was sealed. Some 170,000 refugees from Chechnya had fled to Ingushetia over the last month.
    (SFC, 10/29/99, p.D4)

2000        Aug 24, Fighting from Chechnya spilled into Ingushetia and 100 rebels were reported killed.
    (SFC, 8/25/00, p.D8)

2000        Oct 8, Chechen rebels crossed into Ingushetia and attacked a police patrol. 2 officers were killed and 3 wounded.
    (SFC, 10/9/00, p.A11)

2002        Apr 28, General Murat Zyazikov was elected president of Ingushetia, replacing military commander Ruslan Aushev.
    (, 11/29/08, SR p.16)

2002        Aug 27, Two Russian border guards were arrested and confessed to killing eight of their comrades in Ingushetia to avenge hazing. President Vladimir Putin called for better discipline and combat-readiness amid a string of deadly incidents.
    (AP, 8/28/02)

2002        Sep 27, Russian troops used artillery overnight to block suspected rebels from crossing into Chechnya through a forested part of the republic of Ingushetia after firefights that left at least 17 Russian servicemen dead.
    (AP, 9/27/02)

2002        Nov 27, Russian officials renewed their drive to close sprawling tent camps in the republic of Ingushetia that are home to tens of thousands of Chechen refugees.
    (AP, 11/27/02)

2004        Jun 22, Thousands of Russian troops poured into Nazran, Ingushetia, chasing Chechen rebels who set fire to police and government buildings and killed over 90 people in brazen overnight attacks.
    (AP, 6/22/04)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.21)

2004        Sep 3, Commandos stormed a school in southern Russia and battled Chechen separatist rebels holding hundreds of hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. Over 330 people, including 155 children, were killed in the violence that ended a hostage standoff with militants in Beslan, Russia. 31 of 32 hostage takers were killed. 6 Chechens and 4 Ingush were identified among the hostage takers. In 2006 a woman died from her injuries in Beslan bringing the total deaths to 334.
    (SFC, 9/4/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/07)

2005        Jan 8, Russian troops killed 5 alleged militants hiding in a house in the city of Nazran, Ingushetia, in a firefight.
    (AP, 1/8/05)(SSFC, 1/9/05, p.A3)

2005        Aug 25, In the southern Russian city of Nazran 2 bombs exploded, wounding the second-highest-ranking official in the mostly Muslim region of Ingushetia and killing his driver, in what was described as an assassination attempt.
    (AP, 8/25/05)

2005        Oct 12, An explosion hit a distillery in Russia's Ingushetia region and there were casualties. A police spokesman called the blast a terrorist act.
    (AP, 10/12/05)

2006        May 17, In southern Russia Ingushetia's Deputy Interior Minister Dzhabrail Kostoyev, two of his bodyguards and four civilians were killed when a sedan packed with explosives blocked a road on the outskirts of the region's main city of Nazran and blew up. A rebel ambush killed 5 Russian soldiers.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(WSJ, 5/18/06, p.A1)

2006        Jun 9, In Russia gunmen shot and killed a police commander, his three young children, driver and bodyguard in the troubled southern province of Ingushetia.
    (AP, 6/9/06)

2006        Jul 10, Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev (41) was killed in Ingushetia. He had claimed responsibility for modern Russia's worst terrorist attacks including Beslan in 2004. He was killed along with 4 other militant while accompanying a truck filled with 220 pounds of dynamite that blew up in the Ingush village of Ekazhevo. Shortly before his death he was appointed vice-president of Ichkeria, the rebel’s name for their non-existent state.
    (AP, 7/10/06)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.84)

2006        Oct 16, The business chief of Russian state news agency Itar-Tass was found knifed to death at his flat in central Moscow. Police in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Ingushetia arrested rights activists and violently broke up a rally in memory of slain reporter Anna Politkovskaya.
    (AP, 10/16/06)(Reuters, 10/16/06)

2007        Jan 31, Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a car carrying the chief Muslim leader in Ingushetia, seriously wounding the mufti and his son.
    (AP, 1/31/07)

2007        Jul 18, An explosion tore through a crowd of mourners at a cemetery in southern Russia, wounding at least 10 people, including four police officers. The funeral was for an ethnic Russian woman who had been fatally shot along with her two grown children July 16 in Ingushetia.
    (AP, 7/19/07)

2007        Aug 22, In Ingushetia, Russia, one serviceman was killed and five were wounded when gunmen attacked their armored personnel carrier with grenades and automatic weapons fire.
    (AP, 8/24/07)

2007        Aug 31, A car bomb exploded near a police vehicle in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region, killing four police officers in Nazran, Ingushetia.
    (AP, 8/31/07)

2007        Oct 25, Amnesty International said human rights violations in the Russian region of Ingushetia have increased with a surge in abductions and beatings.
    (AP, 10/25/07)

2007        Nov 9, In Ingushetia a special operation to capture alleged terrorists left a child dead after soldiers fired on a family of five.
    (Econ, 11/29/08, SR p.16)

2007        Dec 11, A judge from the top court in southern Russia's violence-plagued Dagestan region was fatally shot by an unidentified attacker. Dagestan Supreme Court Justice Kurban Pashayev was shot more than 10 times with a pistol in the entranceway of his apartment building in the provincial capital, Makhachkala. In Ingushetia an 18-year-old rookie in an elite police unit was fatally shot by attackers who fired at him at close range from a passing car as he was walking home after work.
    (AP, 12/11/07)

2007        Dec 27, In Ingushetia several militants ambushed a border guards' vehicle, killing two officers and wounding two other servicemen.
    (AP, 12/28/07)

2008        Jan 26, Russian riot police fired warning shots into the air and beat demonstrators who tried to rally against alleged vote-rigging in the Muslim region of Ingushetia.
    (AP, 1/26/08)

2008        Mar 24, A car bomb exploded outside a bank in southern Russia's violence-plagued Ingushetia region, wounding at least five people.
    (AP, 3/24/08)

2008        Apr 13, Khasan Yandiyev (51), a top judge in Russia's southern troubled province of Ingushetia, was shot dead. He had led trials of Islamic rebels.
    (Reuters, 4/13/08)

2008        Jun 8, An unidentified gunman shot and killed a police officer in the city of Nazran in the province of Ingushetia.
    (AP, 6/9/08)

2008        Jun 13, Russian officials said four people were killed in Nazran, the biggest city in the Ingushetia region, in an explosion that destroyed a building.
    (Reuters, 6/13/08)

2008        Jul 5, In Ingushetia a police officer was killed and another was injured when their armored vehicle came under grenade fire.
    (AP, 7/5/08)

2008        Jul 9, In Ingushetia police said three officers have been killed and four kidnapped in separate attacks.
    (AP, 7/9/08)

2008        Jul 30, In the troubled Russian republic of Ingushetia a car bomb exploded outside the regional police headquarters morning, killing at least two police.
    (AP, 7/30/08)

2008        Aug 31, Police arrested Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of the web site, taking him off a plane that had just landed in Ingushetia province. Police whisked Yevloyev away in a car and later dumped him on the road with a gunshot wound in the head. Yevloyev died in a hospital shortly afterward.
    (AP, 8/31/08)

2008        Sep 30, In Ingushetia a suicide bomber attacked the motorcade of Ruslan Meiriyev, the top police official. Meiriyev was unhurt, but a bystander was killed along with the attacker.
    (AP, 8/17/09)

2008        Oct 18, At least two Russian soldiers were killed and 10 others were wounded when rebels ambushed a military convoy in the Sunzha region of Ingushetia.
    (AP, 10/18/08)

2008        Oct 30, Murat Zyazikov (51), the unpopular leader of Russia's violence-plagued republic of Ingushetia, said he has resigned. Pres. Medvedev named an apparent unknown, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, to take over as the republic's acting president.
    (AP, 10/30/08)

2009        Feb 12, In Russia's restive southern republic of Ingushetia insurgents and police clashed, leaving four officers and three attackers dead.
    (AP, 2/13/09)

2009        Mar 4, In Ingushetia a man fired several grenades at the home of former President Murat Zyazikov in Nazran. Zyazikov was unhurt, but the attacker died in the explosion.
    (AP, 8/17/09)

2009        Mar 5, In Ingushetia five policemen were killed trying to defuse a bomb. Violence continues to wrack Ingushetia, with bombings, shootings and attacks on police reported almost daily.
    (AP, 3/5/09)

2009        Jun 10, In Ingushetia gunmen shot and killed Aza Gazgireeva, a top judge, as she dropped her children off at school in Russia's North Caucasus. Five other people were reported wounded, including a small child. Investigators said Gazgireeva likely was killed for her role in investigating a Chechen militants' attack on Ingush police forces in 2004.
    (AP, 6/10/09)

2009        Jun 13, In Ingushetia gunmen fatally shoot Bashir Aushev, a former deputy prime minister who oversaw police agencies, as he stands outside his home in Nazran.
    (AP, 8/17/09)

2009        Jun 22, In Ingushetia a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy carrying Yunus Bek Yevkurov (45), the president of the troubled Russian province, critically wounding him and killing two bodyguards. A 3rd guard died later from his wounds. A group, which calls itself the Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs' Brigade, later said it staged the attack on the president of Ingushetia because of his support for Kremlin policies and because of his role in the second war in Chechnya that began in 1999.
    (AP, 6/22/09)(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A2)

2009        Jun 28, In Ingushetia in a region bordering Chechnya to the east, police troops clashed with militants in an overnight gunbattle that killed four militants and one police officer.
    (AP, 6/28/09)

2009        Jul 15, In Ingushetia police officials said that the body of Natalya Estemirova (b.1959), a prominent rights activist, was found not far from the main city of Nazran, hours after she was kidnapped in Chechnya.
    (AP, 7/15/09)(Econ, 7/25/09, p.23)

2009        Jul 26, In Chechnya a suicide bomber killed five people and wounded a number of others near a concert hall in the capital. four policemen died trying to prevent the bomber from entering the hall. 4 militants were found dead after an explosion in the Nazran district of Ingushetia province that borders Chechnya to the west.
    (AP, 7/26/09)

2009        Aug 2, In Dagestan militants shot and killed a police officer. In Ingushetia militants killed three government workers.
    (AP, 8/2/09)

 2009        Aug 12, Ruslan Amerkhanov, the construction minister in Russia's violence-plagued Ingushetia, was shot to death in his office. Ingush Security Council secretary Alexei Vorobyov said investigators believe the killing could be related to recent audits of construction projects that turned up building violations and misuse of funds.
    (AP, 8/12/09)

2009        Aug 17, In Ingushetia a suicide bomber attacked a police station in Nazran city in Russia's North Caucasus with an explosives-laden truck, killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 100 others. 9 officers were still missing.
    (AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)

2009        Sep 4, In Ingushetia a roadside bomb blast ripped through a police car, killing three officers and wounding two others. Ingush authorities shot dead 3 insurgents. One man, identified as Rustam Dzortov, was a suspected ringleader of rebel operations in Ingushetia and had organized the suicide bombing of Ingush President Yunus Bek Yevkurov's motorcade earlier this year. The two others may have been planning a terrorist act in Moscow. In neighboring Chechnya two suspected insurgents were killed in a similar incident. The suspected insurgents were found to have explosives strapped to them, hand grenades, and train tickets to Moscow.
    (AP, 9/4/09)(AP, 9/5/09)

2009        Oct 25, In southern Russia Maksharip Aushev a prominent opposition activist in Ingushetia was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in at least the third such killing in the North Caucasus region in just over three months. Aushev died when several assailants sprayed his vehicle with automatic gunfire from a passing car. A woman traveling with him was badly wounded in the attack on a road in the neighboring province of Kabardino-Balkariya.
    (AP, 10/25/09)

2009        Nov 13, In Ingushetia, west of Chechnya, three suspected militants who opened fire at a police checkpoint were shot and killed.
    (AP, 11/14/09)

2009        Dec 17, In Ingushetia, Russia, a suicide car bomber attacked a group of police and soldiers in Nazran, wounding at least 23 people. Also in Nazran 2 security officers were killed in a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 12/17/09)

2010        Feb 11, Russian government forces killed 4 innocent civilians in the North Caucasus. 4 garlic pickers died along with 18 suspected Islamic militants in a three-day shootout in the mountainous forests that straddle the North Caucasus provinces of Ingushetia and Chechnya.
    (AP, 4/3/10)

2010        Feb 12, Russian officials said that at least 14 suspected Islamic militants had been killed and one police officer wounded in two days of fighting in the southern province of Ingushetia.
    (AP, 2/13/10)

2010        Feb 19, In Russia's Ingushetia region a series of bomb blasts killed at least two people and wounded 33, including senior police officials.
    (Reuters, 2/19/10)

2010        Mar 2, In Ingushetia Russian forces killed Alexander Tikhomirov, also known as Said Buryatsky, in a gun battle near Nazran.
    (Reuters, 3/6/10)

2010        Apr 5, In Russia’s Ingushetia region a suicide bomber killed two policemen.
    (Reuters, 4/5/10)

2010        Apr 9, In Ingushetia a female suicide bomber killed herself after shooting dead a policeman  in Ekazhevo. 3 other militants were killed in Ekazhevo in gunfights with police.
    (Reuters, 4/9/10)

2010        Jun 9, Russia said it had captured Ali Taziyev, from Ingushetia province, an insurgent ringleader responsible for hundreds of deaths in the troubled North Caucasus region, where the Kremlin is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency.
    (Reuters, 6/9/10)

2010        Sep 10, In Ingushetia a policeman was killed. The gunmen shot and killed him outside an auto repair shop in the region's main city of Nazran.
    (AP, 9/11/10)

2010        Oct 19, In Ingushetia unidentified gunmen shot and killed a police officer in this southern Russian province hours after other Islamic insurgents raided Chechnya's regional parliament.
    (AP, 10/20/10)

2010        Oct 23, In Ingushetia police shot and killed two militants in a car chase. The men were later identified as being wanted on terrorism charges. Police found two machine guns and ammunition inside their men's car.
    (AP, 10/23/10)

2011        Jan 24, In Russia 37 people were killed and 180 injured in a suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport. An autopsy later showed "a huge amount of highly potent narcotic and psychotropic substances in parts of the suicide bomber's body." On Feb 6 unnamed officials in the North Caucasus region said they believed Magomed Yevloyev (20) of Ingushetia, was the suicide bomber. On Feb 9 Itar-TASS reported that Yevloyev’s brother Akhmed (16) and sister Fatima (22) have been arrested. Also detained was Akhmed Aushev, a resident of the same village, Ali-Yurt, Ingushetia. On March 29 Russian investigators charged Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord, and another militant with organizing the airport bombing. Media reports said that Umarov might be among 17 militants killed in a security raid in the province of Ingushetia west of Chechnya on March 28. On Nov 11, 2013, brothers Islam and Ilez Yandiyev and Bashir Khamkhoyev received life sentences in maximum security penal colonies on terrorism and other charges. Akhmed Yevloyev was sentenced to 10 years in a penal colony.
    (Reuters, 1/24/11)(Reuters, 1/25/11)(AP, 1/29/11)(AP, 2/3/11)(Reuters, 2/6/11)(Reuters, 2/9/11)(AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 11/11/13)

2011        Mar 28, In Russia at least 17 rebels and three law enforcement officers were killed in Ingushetia. Authorities also detained two brothers in the security raid on charges of helping stage the January 24 Domodedovo airport bombing.
    (Reuters, 3/28/11)(AP, 3/29/11)

2011        Aug 15, In Ingushetia 4 servicemen were killed and 7 wounded by rebels in Russia’s North Caucasus.
    (AP, 8/15/11)

2012        Jan 27, Russian officials said the leader of Islamist separatists in the province of Ingushetia was killed in a shootout in the village of Ekazhevo along with two other militants. 4 Russian military officers and five militants were killed in the neighboring province of Dagestan. In Kabardino-Balkariya, three masked militants stormed into a school and stabbed a volleyball player in the gym.
    (AP, 1/27/12)

2012        Aug 19, In southern Russia a suicide bomber blew himself up as policemen in Ingushetia gathered for the funeral of a slain colleague, killing at least seven of the policemen and badly wounding 12 other people. Gov. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said militants had killed the police officer in the town of Malgobek to set up the suicide attack at the funeral.
    (AFP, 8/19/12)

2013        Jul 13, In Ingushetia Mikhail Musikhanov was killed by security forces along with another militant in a shootout in the Sunzha region. He was the personal bodyguard of rebel leader Doku Umarov, Russia's most wanted insurgent, who has vowed to use "maximum force" to prevent President Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Games in Sochi.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)

2013        Aug 27, In Ingushetia unidentified gunmen assassinated the top regional security official as he was being driven to work.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)

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