Staunton, May 12 – Ingushetia, the smallest republic in the North Caucasus, has suffered disproportionately more infections and deaths during the pandemic than its neighbors, a pattern that the Ingush people and Ingush experts blame of republic head Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov’s failure to reach out to society and otherwise prepared for the pandemic.
Over the last 24 hours, yet another Ingush resident died from the coronavirus, as a result of which the republic now has almost exactly one-third of all the deaths in the North Caucasus, 30 out of 91, despite representing only five percent of the total population of the region (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/349452/
Ingush experts agree. They say that had Kalimatov worked with the religious leaders rather than continuing to refuse to have anything to do with them, they would have been more successful in keeping Muslims from gathering for marriages and funerals and the virus would not have spread as widely (kavkaz-uzel.eu/blogs/1927/posts/43159 and kavkaz-uzel.eu/blogs/1927/posts/43159).
Kalimatov continues to avoid contact with the population and hew closely to the Kremlin line, saying he will gradually end the self-isolation regime in the hopes of ending it on June 1 and has asked his government to develop a staged plan for that (doshdu.com/v-ingushetii-smjagchenie-karantinnyh-mer-zaplanirovano-s-1-ijunja/ and ingushetia.ru/news/glava_ingushetii_makhmud_ali_kalimatov_poruchil_pravitelstvu_i_glavam_munitsipalnykh_obrazovaniy_v_k/