(Point & Counterpoint) An attempt to demarcate the border between Chechnya and Ingushetia has provoked mass protests in Ingushetia, Russia’s smallest region. Unusually for Russia, part of the Ingush elite has joined the protesters. So far, the rallies have been generally peaceful, but organizers and participants alike face a growing threat of harassment and legal prosecution. For the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, the risk is that he will personally incur the Kremlin’s anger for failing to maintain stability in his republic.
By Maria Lipman & Yekaterina Sokiryanskaya