Staunton, August 28 – Yabloko President Emiliya Slabunova has sent a letter to Vladimir Putin demanding that the Kremlin leader take a public position on the Chechen-Ingush border dispute, pointing out that the current problems in Ingushetia and throughout the North Caucasus are the product of Soviet mistakes and Moscow’s current silence.
The letter was dispatched five days ago (but has only been published on Ingush news sites today (zamanho.com/?p=12008
But there are growing indications that the Magas authorities are worried that the popular voting for local councils may not go the way they hoped. Not only are they putting pressure on those who have called for a boycott (kavkazr.com/a/30131643.html), but one analyst is suggesting the resignation of Zelimkhan Yevloyev could be the occasion for delaying the vote.
In a commentary for Portal 6, regional specialist Anton Chablin says that Yevloyev may very well have resigned as prime minister because he played a key role in selecting United Russia candidates for the local races and doesn’t want to face the consequences of the defeat of some of them (
His lawyer, Dzhabrail Kuriyev, says the opposition leader needs that dictionary in order to better understand the charges against him and thus be in a position to defend himself against them.