Leaders of national communities did not recognize Krasnodar shootout as ethnic conflict

Leaders of national communities did not recognize Krasnodar shootout as ethnic conflict
Incident scene

A meeting of community representatives was held with officials and the police.

Krasnodar has witnessed a meeting of leaders of national communities, who discussed a conflict with a shootout in Krasnodar, during which a native of Dagestan died, according to news agency KrasnodarMedia.

The meeting participants acknowledged that the conflict had begun on the basis of domestic disagreements and it cannot be said that it has evolved into an ethnic one.

“Representatives of 122 nations and ethnic groups live in Krasnodar. It is crucial for us to maintain international peace and tranquility in the city,” said Vitaly Kosenko, First Deputy Head of Krasnodar.

The discussion was also attended by officials of the city administration and local Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Magomed Nurutdinov, a representative of the Republic of Dagestan in Krasnodar Krai, noted that various versions have been put forward regarding the death of the young man.

“There is one stating that since the participants in the quarrel were representatives of different nations, this is an ethnic conflict. No. This is not so,” Nurutdinov expressed his opinion. He added that it is law enforcement agencies that should give a legal assessment of the conflict.

The shootout occurred on the night of August 21 near the central market. Ilyas Vanatov, a 27-year-old native of Dagestan, was wounded and taken to hospital, but doctors could not save him. Three participants in the conflict from Ingushetia were detained, two natives of Chechnya were put on the wanted list.

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