Saturday, May 18, 2019

EU-Russia Civil Society Forum Calls on Moscow to Intervene to Stop Persecution of Ingush Activists

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 17 – The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum has condemned the Yevkurov regime’s violation of the rights of the Ingush people and urged Moscow to intervene to stop these violations, saying that the failure to do so could lead to the spread of violence in entire North Caucasus (

            Simultaneously, the Ingush MASHR human rights defense organization says that it now considers all those detained, arrested and/or fined by the Yevkurov government to be political prisoners and victims of political repression. It warns that the situation in Ingushetia is now “very complex and dangerous” as a result (

            Meanwhile, the Ingush authorities continue their searches and arrests, the most recent being at the home of Akhmed Pogorov, who remains at large despite an all-Russian search effort, and the brief detentions of three of his relatives as a way to put pressure on the vice president of the World Congress of the Ingush People to turn himself in ( and

            But those detained and charges are showing ever less willing to go along with the authorities. Murad Daskiyev, the vice president of the Union of Teips of Ingushetia, became the latest to reject charges, in his case that he had disseminated fake news, and insist on his innocence (

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