Wounded leader returns as Ingush president: Kremlin

Other News Materials 13 August 2009 13:12 (UTC +04:00)

The president of Ingushetia, badly wounded in a bomb attack in June, has returned to his post as leader of the increasingly unstable Russian region, the Kremlin said on Thursday, reported AFP.

However Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, who is still recovering in a Moscow sanatorium, will only return to Ingushetia at the end of this month, his spokesman said.

President Dmitry Medvedev cancelled a decree of July 3 which had appointed Rashid Gaisanov acting president of Ingushetia while Yevkurov recovered from serious head injuries, the Kremlin said in a statement.

"Yevkurov has again returned to his duties as president of Ingushetia," the Kremlin said.

Yevkurov returns amid mounting fears over the stability of Ingushetia, a day after its construction minister was shot dead in a brazen attack inside his own office and with almost daily attacks on security forces.

"He wants to return to work as quickly as possible but the doctors are insisting that the treatment continues. We are expecting him in Ingushetia at the end of the month," his press secretary Kaloi Akhilgov told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Yevkurov had been released from hospital earlier this week and television pictures showed him dressed in a black tracksuit emblazoned with "Russia" walking with the support of one crutch but apparently largely recovered.

The decorated former paratroop commander was appointed by the Kremlin last year to halt the militant violence and also to reduce corruption in Ingushetia which had reached endemic levels in recent years.

There have been increased militant attacks over the last months throughout Russia's Caucasus region, where Islamist militants are battling pro-Kremlin local authorities and Russian security forces in a low-level insurgency.