1/31/2008

Founder says Russian authorities hack critical Web site

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:56 am

An opposition Web site in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia accused local authorities on Thursday of trying to shut it down after it promoted protests and published details of kidnaps and murders.

Ingushetiya.ru had been one of the only information sources criticizing the authorities from the mainly Muslim region bordering Chechnya.

The Web site promoted and helped organize a protest on Saturday in which demonstrators armed with petrol bombs clashed with police and burnt a pro-government newspaper office.

On Thursday the Web site was closed, founder Magomed Evloev said, accusing authorities of hacking into the site to try and silence opposition.

“This is the action of the Ingush authorities,” he said. “They want to silence us and all the people of Ingushetia, but they will not succeed.”

Ingushetia’s authorities declined to comment.

 

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