A wedding in Ingushetia earlier this month took a nasty turn, after a friend of the groom poured whiskey over the bride, explaining that is was an ancient tradition to play a prank on a newly-wed woman. After the head of Ingushetia became personally involved in the incident, which was captured on camera, the father of the man resigned as head of his village administration.
A resident of Chechnya’s Urus-Martan District has publicly apologised to the Chechen people and the head of the republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, for disseminating ‘untruthful information’ about the detention of her husband. According to the authorities, the woman has fully admitted her guilt and asked for forgiveness.
Since the beginning of the Second Chechen war, the Chechen authorities, with assistance of the Russian special services, have pressured the relatives of militants. At first glance, the approach has worked. However, the ongoing, albeit sporadic attacks on police, suggest that the nature of this success has been illusory.