Friday, October 4, 2019

Ingush Muslims Upset North Caucasus Super-MSD hasn’t Come to Their Defense

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 2 – Last January, the Coordination Center of the Muslims of the North Caucasus issued a strongly-worded statement in defense of the Ingush muftiate then being attacked by the powers that be and now “liquidated” at their order (

            But the regional super-MSD has done little or nothing since, and Muslims in Ingushetia are upset ( What makes this important is that other republics and republic leaders are now ever more likely to view the Coordination Center as a meaningless institution with consequences like those in Ingushetia.

            Meanwhile, today there were three other Ingushetia-related developments. First, the embattled journalists of Daghestan whose flagship publication Chernovik was raided yesterday, organized a demonstration to demand the freeing of Ingush activist Zarifa Sautiyeva (

            Second, representatives of the Ambulance group who send food and medicine to those Ingush now detained for their role in protests against the government met with the Council of Teips of the Ingush People and issued a new public appeal for funds so that the group can continue its work (
            And third, the much-ballyhooed “World Congress of the Vaynakh Peoples” in Istanbul effectively collapsed. Fewer than 30 people attended following suggestions by Ingush organizations that the meeting had been dreamed up by Moscow to undermine the Ingush and even to set the stage for the demise of their republic (

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