Support The Moscow Times!

Second Mass Rally Participant Dies in Russia’s Bashkortostan – Reports

A rally in Baymak, Bashkortostan, in support of jailed activist Fayil Alsynov. SOTAvision

Activists in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan have confirmed the passing of a local man who faced criminal investigation over the mass protests that erupted in the republic last month, the SOTA media outlet reported Thursday

Minniyar Bayguskarov, 65, was buried in his native village of Kaskinovo in the region’s southwestern Kugarchinsky district on Tuesday, according to local media.

Unverified reports obtained by the Aspekty and news outlets suggested that Bayguskarov committed suicide and left a suicide note. 

The Moscow Times was unable to independently confirm this information. 

The incident marks the second death among individuals facing criminal prosecution for their role in January’s rallies supporting jailed Bashkir activist Fayil Alsynov.  

Last month, another local man, 37-year-old Rifat Dautov, died in police custody after being arrested in connection with the same criminal case. 

Dautov’s sister said her brother was abducted by OMON riot police and taken in an unknown direction on Jan. 25. The next day, his parents were summoned to the morgue to identify the body. 

Bashkortostan’s authorities and pro-government media claim that Dautov died from a heart attack induced by heavy intoxication, but his sister maintains that her brother did not take part in the protests or consume alcohol.

Activists and human rights defenders have called on Bashkortostan’s authorities to investigate the circumstances of Dautov’s death.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more