From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng (Original Message) Sent: 2/21/2007 2:31 AM Cossacks clash Armenians and Georgians in Stavropol Publication time: 20 February 2007, 16:54
The security bodies, beware of repeat of Kondopoqa scenario, are hindering to cover events. Beginning on February 13, local Russians and Cossacks in Novoaleksandrovsk city attacked Armenians and Georgians several days, after the Caucasians had shot Cossack ataman Andrey Khanin who later was hospitalized in a bad condition.
According to the statements of witnesses in internet, a great number of injured immigrants have been placed in Stavropol hospital and the police have surrounded the building.
Cossacks from all over the province, as well as Rostov and Krasnodar are directing to the city. Local people in Novoaleksandrovsk held a rally. Markets and trade facilities of immigrants burnt. Slavic origin residents demand the resignation of region leadership, removal of immigrants and law-enforcement bodies to fight mercilessly against ethnic criminality. Interior troops have been placed in the territory from neighborhood provinces.
Local Georgian community leader named Timur and his family was kidnapped by the masked persons.
Leader of Illegal Immigration Fighting Movement Aleksandr Belov confirmed the reports concerning Stavropol.
"The city is blocked. Russians tried to hold a meeting and declare Novoaleksandrovsk a territory to be free from Caucasians. But the meeting was postponed after the discussions with initiators," he said.
Russian Noviy Region agency states that Stavropol and Vladikavkaz episcope Feofan called on the people to stop mass unrest with the request of government.
"Despite the ethnic and political origin of the murderer, only they are responsible for this horrible crime. It is inadmissible for all people to answer for crimes committed by individuals," he said.
Source: APA http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2007/02/20/7496.shtml
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