Ingushetia Raids Leave Officials Blaming One Another…

Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 5 Issue: 26

On June 27, a conflict surfaced between Ingushetia’s president Murat Zyazikov and his former employer, the Federal Security Service (FSB). According to a report published that same day by the website, the Ingushetian branch of the FSB claimed it learned in advance that a guerrilla raid was being prepared and warned Zyazikov’s Interior Ministry. Zyazikov denied the claim, telling the Interfax news agency that “we did not receive any advance information about preparations for an attack by the guerrillas.” The FSB, however, stuck to its position: According to report posted on the website later on June 27, Sergei Koryakov, head of the FSB’s branch in Ingushetia, backed his deputy Andrei Konin’s earlier claim that the agency received information about the impending attack half an hour before it started. Directly contradicting Zyazikov, Koryakov continued to insist that the FSB had shared this information with Ingushetia’s Interior Ministry. Zyazikov, his turn, was quoted by Izvestia on June 28 as holding fast to his own version. He hinted that those who failed to share advance information—”you know who they are”—were guilty either of “treason, or carelessness, or disorderly behavior, or irresponsibility; I think that all of the above were present in equal measure.”

Izvestia further reported that the quarrel about who is to blame for last week’s stunning raid has also spread to Chechen-Ingush relations, with Grozny’s pro-Moscow administration denying the Zyazikov administration’s claim that the raiders entered Ingushetia from Chechnya.