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Kremlin critic killed by police

Sept. 1, 2008 at 10:01 AM
MOSCOW, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Colleagues of a critic of Kremlin politics Monday called for a massive protest of his killing by police in southern Russia's Ingushetia Province.

Magomed Yevloyev, who ran a Web site on government corruption and police abuse, was shot in the head Sunday in a police car taking him to a station for questioning, the Washington Post reported.

Colleagues of Yevloyev dismissed government contentions that he was shot while struggling for a gun held by an officer, the Post reported.

A posting on Yevloyev's Web site, Ingushetiya.ru, called for a mass protest Monday in Nazran, Ingushetia's main city and the scene earlier this year of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces.

Yevloyev was seized Sunday when he arrived in Ingushetia after spending several months in Moscow.

A passenger on the plane with him told the Post Ingushetia regional President Murat Zyazikov was on the same flight and called police to the airport after recognizing Yevloyev.