Sunday, January 20, 2019

Yevkurov Threatens to Bring Charges Against Opposition Deputies to Ensure His Control of Ingush Parliament

Paul Goble

            Staunton, January 20 – Yunus-Bek Yevkurov demanded that opposition deputies in the republic parliament yield to him and his regime or face the prospect that he will bring various criminal charges against them so that they can no longer function as deputies, a demand and a threat that these deputies rejected out of hand.

            Yevkurov, the Fortanga news portal reports, told  Beyali Yevloyev, one of the opposition deputies who has reported on voting fraud in the body and is a leading voice for appealing court decisions on the border accord to the European Human Rights Court, that he must “leave the opposition” and “unite with the other deputies’ (

                Yevloyev responded that he had every right to pursue the case given the falsehoods Yevkurov has put out about voting and that he also has the right to call deputies to a shariat court, something the republic head argued he has no right to do. 

            At the same meeting, Yevkurvo approached Mukharbek Dikazhev,, the head of the Administration of the Head of the Republic of Ingushetia and told him that “lawyers of the Administration of the head were preparing a suit against those deputies, including Yevloyyev, who had brought a case concerning falsification of voting” in the parliament.

            Despite these threats, Beyali Yevloyev and other opposition deputies say that what Yevkurov has now done has “many pluses” as far as they are concerned: he has torn off the mask of legality and revealed to all who are paying attention the nature of his system, something that will alienate the population still further.

            But in reporting this back and forth, the independent news agency asked “how far is Yevkurov prepared to go?”  Another question may be this: how far is Moscow going to encourage him to suppress the republic parliament and run Ingushetia much as his friend Ramzan Kadyrov now runs Chechnya?

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