Staunton, September 19 -- The Council of the Teips of the Ingush Republic has called on all Ingush to mark September 26, the first anniversary of the deal by which former republic head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov gave away 10 percent of the republic’s land to Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov, as the Day of National Traitors.
Calling that move “an act of national betrayal of unprecedented cynicism” comparable to Stalin’s deportation of the Ingush in 1944 and the their expulsion from Prigorodny district in 1992, the Council said the nation will never forget those involved and that their names will remain forever in “a black book” of betrayal (fortanga.org/2019/09/obshhestvo-predlagaet-26-sentyabrya-vspominat-natsionalnyh-predatelej-video/).
The Ingush people will never accept this “illegal change in their territory,” the Council said, and “will seek by all legal means the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ingushetia and the liberation of all illegally arrested participants in the peaceful protest actins” against this act of national betrayal.
In a second statement, the Council denounced those who are trying to undermine the Ingush people by organizing “a so-called Vaynakh congress” in Turkey, a move it said that was intended to reduce the status of the World Congress of the Ingush People (fortanga.org/2019/09/sovet-tejpov-ingushetii-turetskij-kongress-ocherednoj-shag-po-zakrepleniyu-predatelstva-video/).
Meanwhile, in Moscow at the Sakharov Center, a group of Ingush activists and their supporters held a press conference at which they discussed what they called the Ingush Bolotnye Case and the ways in which the Russian authorities have used Ingushetia as a testing ground for their attacks on protesters elsewhere (fortanga.org/2019/09/v-moskve-proshla-press-konferentsiya-ingushskoe-bolotnoe-delo/ and 6portal.ru/posts/вадим-клювгант-власти-расследуют-инг/).