Staunton, May 15 – The Ingush Council of Teips says that because of the different foreign policy and economic situation in which Russia now finds itself because of the war in Ukraine, republic officials must free the Ingush Seven and other political prisoners to assure “the unity of the Ingush people” within “the big family of the Russian Federation.”
The largest and most authoritative public organization in Ingushetia points out in a YouTube release that the Ingush political prisoners have been incarcerated since 2019 and that their continuing detention doesn’t “strengthen the unity of the Ingush people” or their ties with Russia (fortanga.org/2022/05/sovet-tejpov-prosit-osvobodit-ingushskih-politzaklyuchyonnyh/).
Were the Ingush political prisoners to be released, the Council continues, the authority of the powers in Ingushetia would “rise” in the minds of the Ingush people and they would be better able to contribute to overcoming the difficult situation that the Russian Federation now finds itself in.
Reports from the prison facilities where the Ingush Seven are being kept suggest that at least some of them who are now serving sentences of 7.5 to 9 years are losing all hopes that they will be released by an appellate court, especially now that Moscow no longer recognizes the decisions of the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg.
What is especially striking about the Council’s appeal is that it picks up on Kremlin arguments for all-Russian unity in a way that works against the repressive policies of the Putin regime, a reflection of the commitment to legality and cleverness that the Ingush demonstrators have always shown.