Meanwhile, two other nearby border disputes continue to bubble. In Daghestan, leaders of the Chechen-Akintsy say that they are not interested in having their region become part of Chechnya. That would reduce the status of Chechens who live in other areas of the republic by inflaming opinion against them ( ).
But they do say there is one condition that must be met for them to want to remain in Daghestan: Makhachkala must restore their territorial autonomy, something they have long demanded, that has sometimes been promised, but that as of now remains unfulfilled. If it isn’t done now, they tell Kavkaz-Uzel, they may change their mind on changing the border.
And in Stavropol Kray, disputes have broken out among various Cossack groups over the demand of some of them to seek the return of territory now within the borders of Chechnya to Stavropol and to Cossack control. Some Cossacks favor that idea; others don’t, with the roots of the dispute going back decades (