Saturday, July 18, 2020

Russian Appeals Court Refuses to Restore to Duty 13 Ingush Policemen Who Disobeyed Orders to Disperse March 2019 Protest

Paul Goble
            Staunton, July 17 – A Russian appeals court in Pyatigorsk rejected the appeal of 13 Ingush policemen who were dismissed from the force and then charged with various crimes after they refused to obey orders to use force against Ingush activists taking part in the March 2019 demonstrations against the border deal with Chechnya (

            The Stavropol Kray court confirmed the decision of the Ingush Supreme Court which had earlier refused to overrule a Magas district court, a problematic move procedurally in that the kray court is not superior to the Ingush Supreme Court.  That makes this decision distasteful in Ingushetia. The ex-policemen will now likely appeal to Moscow and then Strasbourg.

            One of the consequences of the development of many institutions of civil society in Ingushetia combined with a willingness of ever more Ingush to protest if their rights are trampled upon is that much of the political action in that republic now takes place in its courts or in courts in neighboring federal subject.

          Today, in addition to the Pyatigorsk court decision, there was movement in three other cases now wending their way through the courts:

Meanwhile, the Plyiev teip issued an open appeal to the head of the republic’s popular assembly explaining why that body must overturn a law that Yunus-Bek Yevkurov pushed through so that he would not have to organize a referendum on the border change with Chechnya. That law, the teip said, continues to outrage Ingush society (

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