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    DEPUTY KOVALYOV RULES OUT AUSHEV'S INVOLVEMENT IN ATTEMPT ON LIFE OF INGUSH PRESIDENT

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    MOSCOW, April 6, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- State Duma (the lower house of parliament) deputy, former FSB head Nikolai Kovalyov rules out the possibility of involvement of the former president of Ingushetia Ruslan Aushev in the attempt on the life of the republic's incumbent president, Murat Zyazikov.

    "Mr. Aushev cannot allow anybody to go this way," Mr. Kovalyov declared when he answered the journalists' question whether the ex-president of the republic has been involved in the attempt on the life of Mr. Zyazikov.

    He believes that the reason for the attempt is "dissatisfaction with the policy of the republic's president." "Mr. Zyazikov is the honest and principled man, and many are interested in his removal," the deputy said. At the same time, Mr. Kovalyov again rejected the opinion that ex-president of Ingushetia Ruslan Aushev was one of "the persons concerned".

    Mr. Kovalyov is convinced that the situation in the south of Russia "requires urgent interference" and "adequate measures". "Such measures should be comprehensive," Mr. Kovalyov said.

    He explained that to settle the situation in the south of Russia it is necessary to combine legislative measures to toughen punishment for terrorist acts and measures to increase control over the realization of explosives and ammunition.

    The attempt on the life of the president of Ingushetia was committed on Tuesday morning. An explosive device went off in the Zhiguli car on the roadside when the presidential cortege moved from Nazran to Magas.

    According to various data, 3-6 people suffered, including the president.

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