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Former Guantanamo Inmate Killed In Russia

(RFE/RL) June 27, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A Russian man formerly held at the U.S. detention camp for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay has been killed in a shootout with Federal Security Service (FSB) officers.

Local prosecutor-general Oleg Zharikov said Ruslan Odizhev was shot dead during a police raid against rebels in Nalchik, the capital of the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, in Russia's Caucasus.

Russian authorities say Odizhev was wanted for his alleged involvement in multiple attacks on police, army, and FSB facilities in Nalchik in October, 2005.

(RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service, with agency reports)

Islam In The North Caucasus

Islam In The North Caucasus
Madrasah students in Khasavyurt, Daghestan (RFE/RL file photo)

SIMMERING TENSIONS: Fatima Tlisova, former North Caucasus editor for the Regnum news agency and a former North Caucasus-based freelancer for RFE/RL, AP, and others, told an RFE/RL briefing that the Russian government is cracking down hard on mosques and Islamic organizations throughout the region.


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