Participants of a protest action in Magas, 2019. Screenshot of the video by the "Politics Today" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BLJ3ZC6N4s

13 January 2021, 11:32

Prosecution witnesses tell about Ingush activists' attempts to pacify protesters in Magas

At trial, prosecution witnesses have confirmed that at the rally in Magas, protest leaders urged the mob to act within the law.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the case of seven protest leaders in Ingushetia, accused of creating an extremist community, has been considered since November 24, 2020, in the Stavropol Territory. On December 22, most of the residents of Ingushetia who came to support the defendants at the courthouse could not attend the session. They stated that the court deliberately isolated the defendants to deprive them of support.

"The witnesses said a lot of important things in defendants' defence," said Fatima Urusova, the Akhmed Barakhoev's advocate. In her opinion, the reading out of case materials "is protracting the trial."

Magomed Abubakarov, the advocate of Barakh Chemurziev, also believes that the prosecution imitates the work. He has noted that given the fact that the "trial is political," the defence fears that the court will be biased in passing the verdict.

Human rights defenders treat the "Ingush case" as the largest political prosecution in the modern Russia. The leaders of the Ingush protest movement are actually being held accountable for their authority, Sergey Davidis and Lev Ponomaryov have stated.

Boris Kodzoev, an activist, believes that what is happening at the trial of "leaders of Ingush protests" creates "an illusion of prosecution and justice."

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 12, 2021 at 10:20 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Alyona Sadovskaya; Source: CK correspondent

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    A prosecution witness says he fully shares the point of view on the events in the republic voiced by the Ingush activists accused of creating an extremist community. Caring fellow countrymen come to every court hearing, but they are not allowed into the courtroom. One of the Ingush activists' supporters holds solo pickets.

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