Staunton, February 18 – Ruslan Volkov, nationalities minister in Ingushetia, is pushing create top-down a single Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) that would oversee all Islamic groups in the republic, a move needed, he says, to replace the Ingush Spiritual Center of Muslims that was banned last fall and to bring Ingushetia into line with all other republics.
Many see Volkov as tone deaf when it comes to dealing with Muslims. He isn’t an Ingush or a Muslim and doesn’t know local customs. His call for a single state-created MSD, they say, is equivalent to an Ingush going into the tundra to teach Chukchis how to herd reindeer (ng.ru/ng_religii/2020-02-18/9_481_ingushetia.html
“If Kalimatov doesn’t want to become a second Yevkurov, let him return to the legal field our old Spiritual Center of Muslims with its mufti and alims and help us rather than lead an attack on religion, Dolgiyev concludes.
Meanwhile, four cases against those who protested last March wound their way through the courts. First, Zelimkhan Balkhoyev was sentenced to 18 months in a prison camp but will be released on March 2 given time already served (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/346069/). Second, Adam Badiyev was sentenced to 22 months incarceration but for the same reason will be released no March 11 (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/346060/).
Third, a Stavropol court found Akhmed Nalgiyev guilty of attacking siloviki. He denies his guilt and will appeal (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/346059/). And fourth, a court began hearing the case against activist Bagaudin Myakiyev who attracted attention last summer by saying that he had been beaten by prison guards (fortanga.org/2020/02/bagaudin-myakiev-ne-priznal-vinu-po-delu-o-primenenii-nasiliya-v-otnoshenii-rosgvardejtsev/).