Staunton, May 25 – A video of the March 27, 2019 event for which the Ingush Seven have been charged with attacking Russian Guardsmen shows that there was no meeting and that there were no attacks by any of the seven or others against the siloviki. Testimony by four Guardsmen confirmed that at a hearing today.
The only violence at that time, lawyers for the defendants say, occurred when the Russian Guard fired sound grenades into the groups of Ingush milling about leading the latter to panic and seek to get out of the square. Otherwise, the Ingush were not acting in a way that qualifies as a meeting (fortanga.org/2021/05/dvoe-rosgvardejczev-otkazalis-priznat-sebya-poterpevshimi-po-mitingovomu-delu/ and kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/364285/).
The attorneys also reported that three of the Seven, Malsag Uzhakov, Zarifa Sautiyeva and Akhmed Barakhoyev need medical examinations but that the prison system authorities have thrown up roadblocks to their getting them. The jailors have also made it difficult if not impossible for Sautiyeva to get a summer dress or needed medicines, they say.
Meanwhile, in another example of official thuggishness, police showed up to arrest Akhmed Pogorov after he was forced to enter a hospital shortly after being released under house arrest. The police took him away for what they told the activist’s family was another interrogation (fortanga.org/2021/05/siloviki-pribyli-za-ahmedom-pogorovym-v-bolniczu/ and fortanga.org/2021/05/ahmed-pogorov-otpushhen-pod-domashnij-arest/).