Staunton, August 20 – When Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov took over from Yunus-Bek Yevkurov 50 days ago today, he promised t work toward the consolidation of Ingush society, whose deep divisions were cited by his predecessor as the reason for his departure. But since then, he hasn’t talked about that or taken any serious steps in that direction.
Kalimatov instead has focused on putting a new staff tgether, having replaced at least six seniоr оfficials (https://www.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/339286/о о о о о о о о о о о о о о
Meanwhile, there were two other important developments in Ingushetia. First, the 13 police officers whо refused to obey orders to disperse protesters last March have been formally charged after being told that they will not be rehired. They face up to five years in prison (mbk-news.appspot.com/news/na-13-ingushskix/ and doshdu.com/policejskih-ingushetii-otkazavshihsja-razgonjat-miting-ne-vosstanovili-na-sluzhbe/).
And second, the Union of Teips of the Republic of Ingushetia has called for a boycott of municipal and republic elections scheduled for September 8. The organization says that the imprisonment of so many civil society leaders makes a mockery of the idea that these elections could be “honest, democratic and just” (fortanga.org/2019/08/sovet-tejpov-ingushetii-sdelal-zayavlenie-o-bojkote-munitsipalnyh-vyborov/).