Meanwhile, opponents of the border agreement held up posters. They were approached by the police and told to put the posters away. One opponent said that many Ingush would have come to a meeting on the Day of National Unity had it been a real one and not a PR-action in support of Yevkurov and the border accord.
Three other Ingushetia-related developments over the last 24 hours included:
· Members of the Nagiliyev taip said that the man shown on Chechen television as having come to Grozny to praise Ramzan Kadyrov and the border agreement was not authorized to speak on behalf of the clan. He was speaking only for himself, and he may not even have been the person Grozny journalists said he was ().
· Chechen officials denied that their actions had in any way posed a threat to the Erzi nature reserve. They insisted that all environmental rules were being followed and that development of the area would proceed ().
· Dzhambulat Umarov, the Chechen minister for nationality policy, foreign relations, media relations and information, told France-24 television that “Ramzan Kadyrov doesn’t need any Ingush land, Ingush oil or even more Ingush villages.” The Ingush people can look after all these things themselves ().