06MOSCOW396, OVERZEALOUS IN INGUSHETIYA: NGO BAN CLARIFIED

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06MOSCOW396 2006-01-19 04:15 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO5463
RR RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #0396 0190415
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 190415Z JAN 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9303
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 4642

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 000396 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/18/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PREF PHUM EAID RS
SUBJECT: OVERZEALOUS IN INGUSHETIYA: NGO BAN CLARIFIED 
 
REF: MOSCOW 312 
 
Classified By: Political Minister-Counselor Kirk Augustine. 
Reasons 1.4 (b and d) 
 
1.  (C) SUMMARY:  We have confirmed, as reported reftel, that 
one foreign NGO has been banned from working in Ingushetiya, 
while Ingush authorities have acknowledged that a republic 
Procuracy announcement that another was banned was erroneous. 
 A third, American NGO apparently is still under 
investigation, but its director attributes prosecutors' 
interest to a disgruntled former employee.  While these 
incidents take place against the backdrop of new NGO 
legislation, they appear to be a localized, inept effort. 
END SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (C) According to our contacts, press reports, and the 
republic Procuracy website, the Ingush Supreme Court has 
prohibited the Center for Peacemaking and Community 
Development from further work in Ingushetiya.  CPDC staff 
told a British Embassy contact that the ruling was issued 
after CPCD sued Ingush authorities over their refusal to 
re-register it.  CPCD staff told our British contact that 
they had expected the court to rule against them, and the 
suit was a last resort after months of contradictory messages 
from Ingush officials.  Ingush officials had initially 
refused re-registration, approved a second request, and then 
apparently reversed the approval.  Separately, CPCD staff 
told UN contacts that Ingush officials had never provided a 
reason for denying its re-registration. 
 
3.  (SBU) CPCD Russian staff have subsequently reconstituted 
the organization in Ingusheitya as a local NGO and are 
working on CPCD's former projects there.  CPCD continues to 
work in Chechnya and North Ossetia, where it has been 
re-registered, and Moscow authorities re-registered its 
headquarters. 
 
4.  (C) Ingush authorities on January 18 retracted reports 
that the German NGO HELP had been banned as well.  An Ingush 
Supreme Court justice publicly stated that the court had not 
banned HELP.  The Procuracy website, which was the initial 
source of the action against the NGOs, corrected its 
statement, noting that prosecutors had reviewed HELP's 
registration, and the NGO had provided all necessary 
documentation of its legal status. 
 
5.  (C) Prosecutors maintain they are reviewing USG-funded 
American NGO International Medical Corps (IMC),  according to 
the website.  IMC Country Director Lia Tavadze told us 
January 18 that IMC had secured all the approvals it needed 
to work in the republic, and the Procuracy had not raised any 
question about IMC's status previously.  She speculated that 
any action against IMC could be the result of a disgruntled 
ex-employee with a highly placed relative in the Procurator's 
Office.  Tavadze hoped to meet with court and government 
officials to resolve the situation. 
 
6.  (C) UN officials and NGO contacts said that Ingushetiya 
continues to present problems for the humanitarian assistance 
community, and Ingush officials are far less cooperative than 
their counterparts in Chechnya and North Ossetia (reftel). 
Some speculate that the Ingush fear the shift of humanitarian 
and development aid increasingly into Chechnya and are trying 
to browbeat IOs and NGOs into commitments for projects in 
Ingushetiya.  Others attribute it simply to the republic 
government's inexperience, weakness, and disorganization.  In 
either case, initial discussion has begun about whether the 
aid community should leave Ingushetiya. 
 
7.  (C) COMMENT:  By all accounts, the latest flurry of 
activity regarding NGOs in Ingushetiya appears to be a local 
initiative, rather than what some had postulated to be the 
beginning of a widespread GOR attack on NGOs under the new 
NGO legislation.  NGOs have long complained about the Ingush 
Government for its ineptitude and clannishness, and the 
relationship is likely to continue to be uneasy at best. 
BURNS

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