WASHINGTON – Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a briefing on the increasing destabilization in the North Caucasus region of Russia. The briefing entitled, “Ingushetia: The New Hot Spot in Russia’s North Caucasus,” will be held onThursday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. in B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
After the conclusion of the second Chechen war, the North Caucasus region is once again experiencing an increase in violence. Although the entire region is fraught with instability, Ingushetia has attracted particular attention, having undergone a rise in terrorist and counter-terrorist operations, illegal detentions, kidnappings and extra judicial executions over the past year. The level of unrest has sparked concern about the potential for another war in the North Caucasus.
Magomed Mutsolgov, Director of the Ingush Human Rights Organization “MASHR”
Gregory Shvedov, Editor-in-Chief of the Web Publication “Caucasian Knot”
Eliza Musaeva, Former Director of “Memorial’s” Chechnya office