The leader of Ingushetia’s opposition said that a majority of the republic’s officials and businessmen paid “tribute” to Islamic militants under former President Murat Zyazikov and continue to do so today.
Magomed Khazbiev said “any little boy” knew who was paying the militants off. “Now practically all of the officials and businessmen, judges and prosecutors, are paying off the militants,” he said. “If they do not pay, then [the rebels] shoot up their houses at night.”
Khazbiev said the ranks of the rebels in Ingushetia are replenished by the republic’s young people, who include a large number of people displaced from the Prigorodny district of North Ossetia. “These are children who have not seen justice for 17 years,” he said.