Staunton, November 7 – The presidiumof the World Congress of the Ingush People, having become a permanent body, isworking behind the scenes to overturn the border accord between Yunus-Bek Yevkurovand Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov but is quite prepared to call for a resumption ofmass protests if its efforts in the legal system don’t bear fruit.
Musa Malsagov, the vice president ofthe presidium, says that they are using all avenues available in the legalsystem and appealing to senior officials in Moscow to reject the border accordand are also meeting with republic deputies to try to convince them to reversethemselves on that agreement (kavkazr.com/a/29587796.html).
“It would bestupid to organize a demonstration just to organize a demonstration,” hecontinues. But the Ingush oppositionleader says that his group is quite prepared to call for the resumption of massprotests against the border agreement if they are not able to annul it via thelegal system.
According to Malsagov, “if the need togo into the streets arises, we will not have any problems in the course of asingle day to assemble as many people as are needed – even if the action willnot be sanctioned by the authorities. But from the very beginning, we decidedthat will act only within the law.”
Nonetheless, he made clear that heand the Ingush people have no intention of backing down from their commitmentto ensure that the border changes Yevkurov and Kadyrov agreed to are neverimplemented and that the Ingush people again have the opportunity to electtheir own governor rather than having to put up with one appointed by Moscow.
Two other developments in theIngush-Chechen border crisis during the last 24 hours include:
·MikhailRoshchin, an orientalist at the Russian Academy of Sciences, says that RamzanKadyrov now recognizes that the Ingush people will not accept a system he haslong had in Chechnya where anyone who disagrees with him has to apologize inpublic. The Chechen leader knows that any efforts to demand that they do willbackfire (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/327600/).
·TheIngush government has announced that it will come up with a plan over the nextmonth to develop the villages along the republic’s borders, something that couldspark problems if the borders used are not the ones most Ingush accept butrather those that Yevkurov and Kadyrov agreed to (interfax-russia.ru/South/news.asp?sec=1671&id=981084).