Monday, August 26, 2019

Kalimatov Continuing Yevkurov’s Efforts to Shot Down Ingush Muftiate, Tamantsev Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, August 24 – Despite hopes that Yunus-Bek Yevkurov’s replacement Makhmu-Ali Kalimatov would adopt a more cooperative stance regarding the Spiritual Center of the Muslims of the Republic of Ingushetia, especially after the retirement of its longtime mufti, that has not happened, Semyon Tamantsev says.

            Instead, the Fortanga portal editor says, “the new old powers that be are trying to play the religious card and liquidate the mufiate,” albeit not head on as Yevkurov did but rather by dragging out the process of the re-registration of the Center (

            The mufti has to re-register with the authorities after its leadership was changed, Tamantsev says, and it has applied to the administration of the Russian justice ministry for Ingushetia. “However, this process is being dragged out. In essence, under the guise of bureaucratic problems, Yevkurov’s course toward liquidating the muftiate is continuing.”

            That administration has been headed since 2017 by Alik Naurbiyev, “who for ten years headed the narcotics control agency of the republic” during which he and his team “more than once figured in criminal cases and corrupt scandals” but did little to bring the drug trade under control.

            The republic authorities have used his agency to go after their opponents, most prominently in May 2019 when Naurbiyev suspended the work of the Union of Teips of the Ingush People for three months and dispatched Malsag Uzhakhov, its seriously ill leader, to a detention center.

            Meanwhile, the Ingush Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Uzhakhov by the Magas district court, holding that no evidence had been presented to the judges in that court of any administrative violation of the Teip Council leader ( The Supreme Court did not vacate an earlier conviction of Uzhakov, however.

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