Staunton, May 12 – After calling on Ingush abroad to organize to save Ingushetia’s territorial integrity and status as a republic (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/05/pogorov-sought-by-police-calls-for.html), Akhmed Pogorov, vice president of the World Congress of the Ingush People sought by the police, has now issued a video appeal to the Ingush of Ingushetia.
In it, he says that Yevkurov has rejected the desire of Ingush civic society to improve the social and political situation in the republic and brought in siloviki from across Russia to pacify the Ingush people and stage provocations that would justify his use of force against the people (fortanga.org/2019/05/ahmed-pogorov-obratilsya-k-zhitelyam-ingushetii/).
The activist, now in hiding somewhere inside Ingushetia, has called on public organizations to remain disciplined and to continue to fight for the ouster of Yevkurov and the return of Ingush lands “exclusively” by peaceful means, lest they fall into the kind of trap that Yevkurov and Moscow have set for them.
Meanwhile, activists and lawyers report, Ismail Nalgiyev, the Ingush activist who was forcibly returned from Belarus, is now in Nalchik and has been charged not with an administrative violation but with the crime of using force against officials (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/335339/ and kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/335350/).
A conviction on those charges would likely lead to a serious prison term, something that by itself could trigger a new round of protests in Ingushetia.