Sunday, November 18, 2018

Despite Yesterday’s Crackdown, Ingush Government Approves Demonstration for November 27

Paul Goble

            Staunton, November 18 – More details are coming in about detentions, charges, and police actions, including blocking roads, that prevented Ingush opposition groups from holding a subbotnik yesterday in the portion of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has transferred to Chechnya on the basis of his September 26 agreement with Ramzan Kadyrov. 

            The republic siloviki took control of key roads in order to prevent people from coming to the protest, detained leaders who nonetheless managed to get there, and charged them with various infractions including disobeying police orders, resisting arrest, and in one case tearing an officer’s uniform.

            Ingush opposition leaders encouraged their followers to go home lest there be clashes, and those detained have been released pending charges (,, 

            Ingush protest leaders said they would organize another demonstration on November 26 but did not say where it would take place or what form it would have ( Perhaps to head off problems, the Ingush government announced accord opponents could hold a meeting on November 27 (

            In another Ingushetia development, the republic authorities said that they would carry out a reconstruction of the road system near the new border. That work, Yevkurov said, would be completed by the summer of 2019 (

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