Staunton, June 23 – Since the time of the March 2019 protests and over the course of the trial of the Ingush Seven, Russian and Ingush siloviki have insisted that they did not use acoustic grenades against the demonstrators. But a video shown in the Essentuki courtroom today shows that they did in fact use such weapons.
That strengthens the case of the defense, lawyers say. Also to the advantage of the seven Ingush protest leaders was testimony from a senior Council of Teips member who said that he saw the seven work tirelessly to try to prevent clashes between the protesters and the siloviki (kavkazr.com/a/31321765.html, kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/365232/fortanga.org/2021/06/svidetel-obvineniya-soobshhil-sudu-o-nevinovnosti-liderov-ingushskogo-protesta/).
Meanwhile, there were three other significant developments concerning Ingushetia and its discontents. First, an Essentuki court extended the detention of Akhmed Pogorov, the vice president of the World Congress of the Ingush People for another three months as investigators and prosecutors continue to work on his case (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/365235/ and fortanga.org/2021/06/zashhita-ahmeda-pogorova-obzhaluet-ego-arest/
She “earned” 33.7 million rubles (480,000 US dollars) over the last year, an astronomical figure when compared to the average incomes of Ingush residents and one that few of them are going to forget in the future when thinking about their Moscow-installed head and his efforts to suggest he is a new broom rather than part of the same corrupt establishment.