The leader of Ingushetia, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, said today that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out the possibility of forcibly dissolving the anti-government protests that have shaken the North Caucasus republic for almost two weeks.
Speaking to the radio station "Echo of Moscow", Yevkurov explained that Putin told him in a telephone conversation that the reaction of federal or local authorities to the protests can not be "force actions".
Putin also recommended that he talk to the people, although Yevkurov's only attempt to approach the square was greeted aggressively by the demonstrators, who accuse him of not consulting with the people before signing a territorial agreement with neighboring Chechnya.
"He told me:" Talk to people, with people you have to use the method of words, of democracy, "he said.
In addition, he denied that Ingushetia has been lost in the agreement, arguing that the republic retains the same territories it had when it separated from Chechnya after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Local authorities have allowed protesters to continue their peaceful protests until Wednesday of this week, after which they must leave the streets, as the Ingush capital, Magás, plans to host other official events.
The protesters, who had initially received authorization to demonstrate until tomorrow, Monday, requested permission to continue their protests until October 25.
The local government reported that consultations are currently taking place with the representatives of the Kremlin in the Caucasus, whose result will be informed in due course by the population.
The popular discontent in Magás erupted when Yevkurov signed the border agreement with the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadirov, in late September, but the protests became permanent when the local parliament ratified the document on October 4.
In the opinion of the detractors of the agreement, this document can only be approved by means of a referendum, for which they demand its repeal, a claim based on a decision issued by the Ingush constitutional court.
In addition, they demanded the resignation of Yevkurov after some deputies denounced that the parliamentary vote was falsified by the authorities.
The detractors of the agreement tried to repeat the vote, but the lack of quorum prevented it, since this required the assistance of more than half of the 25 deputies of the chamber.
The Ingush leader described the agreement as "historic", while Kadirov denied that Grozny sought to appropriate part of the territory of the neighboring republic.
Both republics were part of a single territory (the autonomous Soviet-Chechen-Ingush Soviet republic) until after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.