Staunton, November 14 – Izabella Yevloyeva, the editor of the embattled Fortanga news agency, says that Moscow and Magas are ignoring the Ingush Teips and the Ingush nation; but that their failure to pay attention just like the repression they have visited upon both will not intimidate either. (mbk-news.appspot.com/region/sezd-soveta-tejpov-ingushetii/).
“The Council of Teips is the union of extended family communities and at the same time a registered social organization, she writes. In the life of the Ingush people, the teips “play one of the key roles.” Without their approval, no one can be married or buried and no public question can be resolved (mbk-news.appspot.com/region/sezd-soveta-tejpov-ingushetii/).
That makes the organization’s congress extraordinarily important. According to one participant, the authorities “committed a big mistake in not offering space for the meeting.” But the teips went ahead anyway. Both Magas and Moscow have ignored it, “something that will not lead to anything good,” he continued.
But a nation must know its heroes, and for the eighth time, the human rights group MASHR is conducting a competition to identify “the heroes of civil society” in Ingushetia. It is certain that teip leaders will be among those garnering nominations and votes (kavkaz-uzel.eu/blogs/342/posts/40481).