The Council of Teips of Ingushetia appealed to Vladimir Putin with a request to release the convicted leaders of the Ingush protests in the same way that the participants in the rebellion of PMC Wagner and its founder Yevgeny Prigozhin were released from responsibility. However, Putin did not respond to this appeal.
On December 15, 2021, the Essentuki City Court sentenced up to 9 years in prison to the leaders of the protests against changing the border between Chechnya and Ingushetia. Malsag Ukhazhov, Akhmed Barakhoev and Musa Malsagov each received 9 years in prison. The court sentenced Ismail Nalgiev, Bagaudin Khautiev and Barakh Chemurziev to 8 years in prison. Zarifa Sautiyeva was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.
In the spring of 2019, tens of thousands of residents of Ingushetia took to the streets to peacefully protest, disagreeing with the decision of the authorities on the issue of the republican border. They were tried to disperse by employees of the National Guard seconded from other regions. Skirmishes began. As a result, on March 27, the protesters agreed to disperse.
A week after the clashes, protesters began to be detained. Dozens of people became accused in criminal cases on the use of violence against government officials. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under articles on mass riots and the use of violence against security officials (part 2 of article 318, part 3 of article 212 of the Criminal Code). protest leaders accused of creating an extremist community and organizing attacks on security forces.
The human rights center "Memorial" recognized the defendants in the "Ingush case" as political prisoners.
The founder of PMC Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, raised an armed rebellion on the evening of June 23. The Wagnerites entered Rostov-on-Don and announced that they would march on Moscow. On the evening of June 24, after negotiations with Alexander Lukashenko, Prigozhin announced that Wagner PMC units were deploying.
On June 27, the FSB announced that the criminal case of an armed rebellion against Yevgeny Prigozhin was closed. “During the investigation of the criminal case on the fact of the armed rebellion, it was established that the participants on June 24 stopped their criminal actions,” the FSB explained.