Second, this new Muslim activism in Ingushetia has prompted the Coordinating Center for Muslims of the North Caucasus to call on Ingush believers to “stop and reflect” about how their actions may produce “a time of troubles” in the North Caucasus (kcmsk.ru/index.php/novosti/64-zayavlenie-tsro-koordinatsionnyj-tsentr-musulman-severnogo-kavkaza-o-nepravomernosti-vklyucheniya-shariatskim-sudom-ingushetii-v-svoyu-kompetentsiyu-voprosov-otnosyashchikhsya-k-isklyuchitelnoj-kompetentsii-konstitutsii-i-zakonodatelstva-rossijskoj-federatsii).
But that declaration may already be proving counter-productive: both Ingush opponents of the border accord and Russian commentators say that Coordinating Center in this case is acting as little more than the Kremlin’s agent in place, thus undercutting any authority it may have for Muslims in Ingushetia or elsewhere (
Consequently, the situation now is that the Ingush population and a significant number of its elected officials are arrayed against Moscow, Chechnya and the Moscow-appointed governor of Ingushetia, leading not to the cooling of passions but rather to their intensification as Ingush seek to defend their territory from Ramzan Kadyrov’s aspirations.
The ball is now in Moscow’s court: it remains to be seen what it will try to do next. But whatever it does, the authority of the Russian center in Ingushetia has collapsed; and the Ingush are going to continue their opposition to its dictates however harshly Moscow will seek to impose them.