Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ingush-Chechen Meeting Attracts Widespread Attention But Divides Ingush Society

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 3 – Two representatives of the Ingush Mekhk-Kkhel organization met with Magomed Daudov, speaker of the Chechen parliament, to discuss the border between the border dispute between their republics. The meeting attracted widespread attention online, but it deepened divisions among the Ingush (

            Many welcomed the fact that the two sides were talking again, but Ingush rights activist Magomed Mutsolgov pointed out that the Ingush representatives could speak only for themselves and not for the nation as a whole, thus creating the risk of raising expectations or being exploited by Grozny for their presence (

            Almost as soon as the meeting was over, a problem emerged from another direction. The Chechen official objected to the posting online of a video of the meeting and declared a blood feud against the Ingush activist who had done so, a sign of just how tense the situation remains and how unlikely any new talks are in the future (

            Meanwhile, there were two other Ingush protest-related developments. At the trial of the Ingush Seven, defense lawyers said, four more Russian Guardsmen could not explain why they were testifying for the prosecution given that they had not suffered any attacks from the accused (

            And on the occasion of the birthday of Zarifa Sautiyeva, one of the Seven, Malsag Uzhakhov published a poem about her. It began: “Be healthy and full of life, sister!/You have given us a model of how an Ingush woman should be./You shouldn’t be in a dark prison/But it hasn’t been able to destroy you, Zarifa” (

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