Staunton, November 23 – The protests that have roiled Ingushetia over the last year were triggered by former republic head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov’s handing over of 26,000 hectares of Ingush land to Chechnya, an act that infuriated the Ingush people whose republic has already lost so much territory that it is the smallest federal subject (other than the two capitals).
But what exacerbated their anger was Yevkurov’s arrangement to have the republic Popular Assembly approve the deal with Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov, an approval that many were certain was the result of falsification and thus undermined still further the republic head’s standing with the population.
Now, as a result of a court case against three deputies, more evidence has surfaced confirming the suspicions of the Ingush protesters that the reported approval was the result of the falsification of actual voting in the Popular Assembly, evidence that will certainly intensify anger
at Magas and inform new protests in the future.
In the evidence that has been presented – and the Fortanga news portal produces photographs – several of the signatures of deputies have been shown to be forgeries and thus null and void (fortanga.org/2019/11/advokat-magomed-bekov-vylozhil-dokumenty-svidetelstvuyushhie-o-falsifikatsii-itogov-golosovaniya-po-soglasheniyu-ob-ustanovlenii-granits/