Staunton, December 15 – Ingush routinely pace primary responsibility for the repressive moves in their republic on Magas or Moscow, but Portal Six commentator Akhmed Burztanov argues that, as Moscow’s agent in the region, North Caucasus presidential plenipotentiary Aleksandr Matovnikov is playing the primary role in “the storming of Ingushetia.”
The plenipotentiary is not only doing what Moscow wants and imposing its will on Ingush republic leaders but taking actions on his own that reflect his own background and are designed to boost his position as Moscow’s “governor general” of the entire region, the commentator says (6portal.ru/posts/матовников-как-руководитель-штурма-и/#more-780).
And consequently, the level and kind of repression Matovnikov has taken the lead in imposing in Ingushetia is likely to be repeated in other republics in the federal district unless his actions in Ingushetia have taught everyone else the lesson that similar protests will not be tolerated, Burztanov continues.
The militarization of all Russian politics “(if one includes in this phenomenon not only the military but also those from the FSB, MVD and even FSO,” is increasingly in evidence, but it is most obvious in the case of the North Caucasus and was so even before the North Caucasus FD was carved out of the Southern FD.
At first, that did not seem to be the case. Moscow named as its first plenipotentiary there Aleksandr Khloponin who seemed to give preference to civic and economic officials. But after his term, all the plenipotentiaries in the North Caucasus FD have been siloviki, with each reflecting a different quality of that category of people.
The first of these was Sergey Melikov, a colonel general who had been deputy head of the National Guard; the second, Oleg Belaventsev, a retired vice admiral who was expelled from London on charges of speying, and now, Matovnikov, a lieutenant general of internal troops and “a classical ‘,” Burztanov says.
The current plenipotentiary not only was involved in the storming of the hospital in Budenovsk and the Nord-Ost theater in Moscow but was involved in operations in Beslan, both Chechen campaigns and most recently in Syria. For his services in the last, Matovnikov was decorated by Vladimir Putin.
And while he may now be in a civilian position, the plenipotentiary has made it clear in interviews (see tass.ru/region-officials/5702449