Staunton, October 21 – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s visit to Ingushetia during which he met with clan leaders but not with Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and felt himself free to say, despite the facts, that the border accord was all Yevkurov’s doing is a clear signal that the Ingush leader’s political career is over, according to Malik Butayev.
The Magas blogger says responsibility for the contested border accord lies not on both republic leaders “together with the presidential plenipotentiary” but on “one single individual” – Yevkurov – less because of the accord than because he allowed a Maidan to start in his republic (riaderbent.ru/ingushskij-kapkan-k-chemu-privedut-izvineniya-kadyrova-i-oshibka-evkurova.html).
Kadyrov is rewriting history to his benefit. While in Ingushetia, he neglected to say that he had given awards to Chechens who helped write the border accord – or play up the fact that the Russian plenipotentiary for the North Caucasus was in on the deal as well, the Ingush blogger continues.
And Kadyrov’s ability to do so highlights not only his own political strength and ability to avoid responsibility but also that Moscow cares far more about avoiding popular demonstrations of the size and length of those in Ingushetia than it does about moving borders among the federal subjects.
If Butayev is right, it is very likely that Yevkurov will be out of office quite soon, probably officially by his own request but in fact the victim of a Putin-Kadyrov purge of someone who couldn’t keep his own people in line after he betrayed them by selling the republic out to Chechnya.
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