Tuesday, October 1, 2019

St. Petersburg Activist Stages Protest on Behalf of Ingush Detainees, Promises More

Paul Goble

            Staunton, September 28 – The Russian media and the Russian opposition are now paying more attention to what is occurring in Ingushetia, at least in part because of the obvious parallels between the way in which the authorities in Moscow and St. Petersburg are treating demonstrators in Magas.

            Yesterday, Marina Ken, an activist in St. Petersburg, staged a one-person demonstration in which she sought to call attention to the 33 Ingush under detention since April for “’the Ingush Bolotnaya affair’” and promised to organize more such protests in the future even as officials in the North Caucasus continue to extend these detentions (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/340643/ and kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/340630/).

            Meanwhile, in Moscow, Aleksandr Malkevich, chairman of the media commission of the Russian Social Chamber, said that in his judgment, new Ingush head Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov has failed to build authority within the old elites of the republic, will be constrained in his activity and may ultimately be forced out (akcent.site/mneniya/5995).

            And in yet another development, Magomed Daudov, the speaker of the Chechen parliament, came up to the Ingush border to meet with a challenge one of his Ingush critics. His approach to the border attracted widespread attention and criticism in Ingushetia as something incompatible with his official status and an action that has further exacerbated tensions between the two republics (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/340618/ and kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/340597/).

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