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Protest Continues in Southern Russia over Deaths of Businessmen


Demonstrators in southern Russia continue to occupy the offices of the president of the country's Karachayevo-Cherkessia Republic to protest the deaths of several businessmen.

The siege began Tuesday with hundreds of people storming Mustafa Batdyev's offices in the city of Cherkessk. The demonstrators smashed equipment and demanded Mr. Batdyev's resignation. They blame his son-in-law for the deaths of seven businessmen whose charred bodies were found Monday.

The men disappeared after being called to an October meeting with the president's son-in-law, Ali Kaitov, who is now in custody on charges of abduction and murder.

Several police officers were injured in the disturbances Tuesday. Police evicted most of the protesters, but some elderly demonstrators remain inside.

Some information for this report provided by AP.