Incident Summary:

10/06/2018: Assailants abducted Oleg Kozlovsky, an Amnesty International researcher, in Magas, Ingushetia, Russia. Kozlovsky was beaten and threatened at gunpoint before being released two hours later. An unknown group claimed responsibility for the incident and stated "Never come back and don’t write filth about Ingushetia."




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Amnesty International
Specific Description Researcher: Oleg Kozlovsky
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The victim indicated that the assailants identified themselves as police officers, however a law enforcement official denied that the police had any involvement in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Russian rights worker says supposed police abducted, beat him," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 15, 2018.
"Amnesty Says Ingushetia Researcher Stripped, Beaten, Subjected To Mock Execution," Radio Free Europe, October 15, 2018.
"Amnesty worker says he was abducted, beaten in Russian Caucasus," Bangladesh Daily Star, October 15, 2018.