Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Truly Disturbing Development: FSB Arrests Ingush Activist Who Annoyed Kadyrov and Takes Him to Chechnya

Paul Goble

            Staunton, October 14 – The Russian authorities have crossed another line in Ingushetia, one that is certain to infuriate people there and worry people elsewhere: The FSB has arrested Sarazhdin Sultygov, the leader of the Mehk Khel Movement who recently offended Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov, and taken him to Grozny.

            That suggests that the Russian security service in this case at least was acting at the direction of the Chechen leader, yet another reason for Ingush to view Moscow as anything but a neutral arbiter in the border issue between the republics (, and

            The Zamanho news agency published a letter from one of Sultygov’s supporters explicitly linking Kadyrov’s people to this action and saying that the Mekh Khel leader’s negative comments about the Chechen regime and its land grabs in the region explain what has taken place (

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