The Ingush representatives walked out of the Pyatigorsk meeting in anger. They also declared that they had not agreed to talks with republic head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov despite the latter’s claim that such conversations would occur as early as October 17 (
The Prague-based Caucasus Times said that it has observed a shift in the power arrangements in Ingushetia. Support for the government has collapsed, while public backing for religious groups and taips is growing, pointing the way to more serioousss clashes ahead (caucasustimes.com/ru/opros-v-ingushetii-ot-avtoriteta-vlasti-k-vlasti-avtoritetov/).
Further, there are ever more reports that the Ingush protests are generating an echo elsewhere, including far beyond the North Caucasus and including even among some in Karelia ().
Perhaps most serious of all as an indication of where things are heading as a result of the continuing protests in Ingushetia, now in their 12th day with no sign of ending, are two commentaries from Moscow. One, by Dmitry Steshin, suggests that it is time to think about letting the North Caucasus become independent (