Staunton, April 19 – This morning at 6:00 am, armed men came to the house of Malsag Uzhakov, the head of the Union of Teips of the Ingush People and carried him off in “an unknown direction” after refusing to provide any identification of who they were. But his lawyer believes that influential figure has been taken to the magistracy in Nalchik.
Almost certainly, those who carried out this arrest did so, regardless of whether they were Ingush or Russian, did so at the direction of Yunus-Bek Yevkurov; and outrage is spreading (fortanga.org/2019/04/zaderzhan-predsedatel-sovet-tejpov-malsag-uzhahov/, kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/334522/ and capost.media/news/obshchestvo/siloviki-zaderzhali-predsedatelya-soveta-teypov-ingushetii-malsaga-uzhakhova/
Zakri Mamilov, an opposition member of the republic parliament, says that “under conditions of searches and arrests, there is no point of conducting negotiations with the authorities of Ingushetia;” and opposition activist Andzhela Matiyeva says that it is now clear that the regime would rather arrest than talk.
There were two other important Ingushetia developments over the last 24 hours. A police raid on the Rosbalt news agency offices in Moscow prompted the head of that agency to cancel a planned press conference featuring Ingush opposition figures. The head of the news agency says that the raid was not connected to that event and that the press conference will be rescheduled for next week (fortanga.org/2019/04/segodnya-v-rosbalt-planiruetsya-press-konferentsiya-po-sobytiyam-v-ingushetii/, zamanho.com/?p=6548 and kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/334472/