Meanwhile, Yevkurov and the authorities are taking a hard line. His operatives kept the republic parliament from having a quorum today. Had the deputies been able to assemble, they say, they would have again voted to reject the deal that Yevkurov, Kadyrov and Moscow have insisted was already approved (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/326285).
There is no sign that either side is prepared to back down, setting the stage for more serious confrontations in the near future. But the demonstrations have already had one major effect: While Moscow isn’t reporting them very much, media and bloggers elsewhere in the North Caucasus are – and asking the same questions the Ingush are in the streets demanding answers for (
That may prove to be the most important consequence of the Ingush protests regardless of what happens in the next few days – and unlike the suppression by force of the protesters, the only way they are likely to disperse if their demands are not met, these questions are likely to echo and cause Moscow far more problems in the region than it has had in years.