Staunton, September 30 – The repressions the Ingush authorities have started against Muslim leaders, including the closing of the muftiate and the persecution of leaders of the Council of Teips, resemble “the repressions of the 1930s in the USSR,” Mukhabek Khashtyrov says.
These new actions, the Ingush commentator says, are intended to create “administrative chaos” within the Ingush nation and thus allow the two neighboring republics favored by Moscow, Chechnya and Ingushetia, to absorb Ingushetia territorially and then eliminate the Ingush nation as such (6portal.ru/posts/преследование-властью-религиозных-и/#more-613).
The current rulers will not success any more than Stalin did in forcing the Ingush to their knees. Instead, all these repressive actions will backfire and the Ingush nation will become even more united and become ever more committed to the defense of their republic’s territorial integrity because they know that “a nation without land will soon cease to be a nation.”
Ilez Aushev, the naib of the Salafi mosque in the Ingush village of Surkhakhi, agrees that what the powers that be have been doing is counter-productive. In an interview with Lidiya Mikhalchenko of Radio Liberty, he provides additional perspective on the relations between the authorities and Muslims and especially those called Salafis (kavkazr.com/a/30191129.html