Ingushetia's construction minister killed
By Richard High12 August 2009
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is presumed to be the latest in a string of politically motivated assassinations in the volatile republic.
The predominately Muslim region of the Caucasus has seen a string of attacks against pro-Moscow public figures and institutions in recent months. On June 10 Ingushetia's Supreme Court chairwoman Aza Gazgireyeva was shot dead. Two weeks later president Yunus-Bek Yevkurov was seriously injured in an assassination attempt.
With a population of less than 500000, and an area of some 4000 km2 Ingushetia is the smallest of Russia's semi-autonomous federal subjects.