Ingush Congress Marks Culmination of Nation-Building Process, Yevloyev Says
November 4 – The most important consequence of the convention of the Congress
of the Ingush People is the completion of the nation-building process, Akhmed
Yevloyev, with the formation of a single nation not limited by its ties with
other Vaynakhs (the Chechens) or riven internally by the traditional clans
(taips) or religious communities.
Chemurziyev, a legal specialist with the Defense of Ingushetia Social Movement,
says that “the main goal” of the demonstrations and the congress was “the
consolidation of the people and the development of a single conception and
strategy for further actions.”
Chabiyeva, a Caucasus specialist at the Moscow Institute of Ethnology and
Anthropology, says that while it is difficult to predict what will happen next,
it is already obvious that “the Ingush people has come together in the struggle
for the territorial integrity of its republic, for its lawful rights, by means
of democratic methods.”
is also “obvious,” she continues, that “not one of the sides expected” such an
outcome when the protests began.The
Ingush are now united as a nation for the first time as a result of the developments
of the last three weeks and view what is taking place as “a reflection of a new
Anzhela Matiyeva, a member of the Ingush Committee for National Unity, says
that “the unity of the people displaced in the course of the two weeks of meetings
and at the Congress demonstrates that civil society in the republic has matured
and achieved such a level as to be the greatest achievement.”
resident of the Republic of Ingushetia is pleased by the unity and the presence
of professionals who can stand up in defense of their people,” she says.
might be tempted to dismiss these remarks as entirely self-interested, but they
capture a development that many of the smaller events of the last month may
have obscured. The Ingush nation is not what it was, a collection of Vaynakhs
on a particular territory, but rather a nation.
more than that, a nation that has already forced the authorities to listen to
it and take it seriously, even if the nation has not yet taken power itself.