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Wave of killings fuels fear of a second Chechnya

It was gone midnight and Vera Draganchuk was drifting off to sleep when she heard the shots. ‘My son Mikhail appeared in the bedroom doorway,’ said the schoolteacher. ‘There was fear in his eyes and he was swaying strangely. He couldn’t speak. Then I realised the shooting was in our home.’ Vera scrambled through the window into the yard of her cottage in the small town of Karabulak in Ingushetia, a Muslim republic in southern Russia. She urged her son to follow her but Mikhail, 22, didn’t make it. He collapsed just under the windowsill, shot through the heart. Vera found her second son, Denis, 19, slumped on the doorstep. Denis died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. On that early morning of 1 September, Vera also found her husband Anatoly’s bullet-riddled corpse, lying in the hallway. The attackers had fled. Full Story

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