Ingushetia’s opposition is exacerbating the political situation in the republic, said Rashid Gaisanov, Ingushetia’s acting president. The opposition has voiced fears that neighbouring Chechnya is exerting undue influence on events in Ingushetia. Chechen police have engaged in operations against members of the armed resistance inside the territory of Ingushetia.
Gaisanov assures, however, that there is no pressure from Chechnya. He pointed out that Chechen police was operating in Ingushetia’s mountainous areas only, not in cities and villages. Gaisanov accused the opposition of trying to reap political gains by playing on historic fears about the republic’s annexation to Chechnya.
The opposition’s claims are detrimental to stabilisation, Gaisanov asserted, accusing those who are calling for an end to joint operations with Chechnya of having the same goals as members of the illegal armed groups. This raises the question whether the opposition is, in fact, the legal wing of the armed groups, Gaisanov said. This is something for the security services to find out, he said.