Monday, August 5, 2019

Ingushetia’s ‘Ambassador’ to Moscow Quits

Paul Goble

            Staunton, August 2 – Alikhan Tsechoyev, permanent representative of the Republic of Ingushetia in Moscow since December 2016, has resigned, reportedly to take up a position in the Russian ministry for North Caucasus affairs. Republic head Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov has not yet accepted his resignation or appointed a replacement (

            Although the permanent representatives of the non-Russian republics in Moscow seldom get much attention, they play a key role in coordinating republic policy with the center and consequently the departure of Tsechoyev after the resignation of Yunus-Bek Yevkurov was not unexpected.

            (For background on these little-known institutions and their current roles which appear to be expanding rather than contracting, see and the sources cited therein.)

            Meanwhile, appellate courts in republics beyond the borders of Ingushetia continue their practice of refusing appeals from Ingush protest leaders detained in them to be released before trial. The latest involves the KBR Supreme Court and Ismail Nalgiyev of the Ingush Committee for National Unity (

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