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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Corrupt Ingush Officials Offered Amnesty

Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has offered amnesty to all officials who voluntarily return money they have embezzled to the Ingush treasury, a regional newspaper reported.

Yevkurov, appointed last October by President Dmitry Medvedev and tasked with bringing stability to the volatile North Caucasus republic, said the measure was part of a new offensive against widespread corruption in Ingushetia.

Officials who do not return money and are found to have been involved in corrupt practices will be punished severely, Yevkurov said, the Severny Kavkaz newspaper reported. He said an agency had been created in his administration to ensure that "neither bribe-takers hiding in the republic nor corrupt ex-ministers will escape justice."

A preliminary assessment by the agency found out that officials have embezzled more than 2 billion rubles ($55.5 million) from the regional budget.

Meanwhile, the Nazran residence of Yevkurov's highly unpopular predecessor, Murat Zyazikov, was shelled Tuesday night by a local resident who later died when his car exploded, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Neither Zyazikov, who was in Moscow at the time of the attack, nor any members of his family were injured in the incident.