Monday, March 16, 2020

Ingushetia’s Ozdoyev Teip Says It Won’t Take Part in Referendum on Constitutional Amendments

Paul Goble

Staunton, March 11 – In an open letter to Vladimir Putin, the Council of the Ozdoyev Teip of Ingushetia says that the continuing failure of Moscow and Magas to respect the rights of the Ingush people and the unwillingness of both to enter into dialogue mean the Ozdoyevs, one of the largest clans in the republic, won’t take part in the referendum on amendments.  

Dismissing both that referendum and the entire process of preparing amendments to Russia’s basic law as “a PR action,” the Ozdoyev council uses this letter to detail what it describes as crimes against the Ingush people from tsarist times up to the present (

Those range from the destruction of many Ingush villages at the end of the Caucasian War, the deportation of the Ingush in 1944, the failure of the Soviet and Russian government to fully restore the republic, Moscow’s support for Ossetia in the 1992 conflict, and its backing of the sell-out by Yunus-Bek Yevkurov of ten percent of the republic’s territory in 2018.

Moreover, in violation of its own laws, the Russian authorities have backed Magas in cracking down on peaceful protesters and kept in jails outside of Ingushetia those “patriots” of Ingushetia who have spoken out against the give-away of the territory and rights of the Ingush people.

Moreover, the letter says, “the organs of power of the Russian Federation constantly say that the Republic of Ingushetia is the most economically backward subject of the country. It would seem that in this case, the Government of the Russian Federation would take measures to promote the economy and social spheres of the republic. But this isn’t happening.”

According to the letter, “the impression has been created that ignoring the rights and freedoms of the Ingush people is a main task of the federal and regional authorities” and that Moscow and Magas hope to destroy the spirit of the Ingush people.  “We want You to know that these efforts will be for nought.”

“If the powers of the country in the course of a lengthy period have trampled on the rights of an entire people, if all appeals of patriots of the Ingush people to this have remained without a positive solution, … then what is the sense of taking part in this PR campaign,” otherwise known as the referendum on the Constitutional amendments.

Also today, Magomed Mutsolgov, an Ingush human rights activist and blogger, published an open appeal to republic head Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov warning him that if he does not oppose Putin’s constitutional amendments which undermine the republic, he will be committing a crime against the Ingush equivalent in shame to Yevkurov’s land deal with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (

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