But if the court rules for Yevkurov, Ingush activists say they will not only renew their public protests against the border accord but also raise the issue of Ingushetia’s border with North Ossetia in the Prigorodny district which the two republics engaged in bloody battles in 1992 that cost almost 600 lives. (On it, see warandpeace.ru/ru/commentaries/view/29276/.)
That threat was made at a press conference in Manas today by members of the Ingush Committee of National Unity which was behind the earlier demonstrations and the convention of the World Congress of the Ingush People (
· Chechens are complaining that a public scandal arising from a war of words between a Chechen official responsible for hunting and an Ingush taip leader are “destructive” and can “only worsen relations between the two peoples” ().
· And inspired by Ingush activists, Circassians are stepping up their efforts to defend their nation, gathering more signatures in a petition calling for the division of Karachay-Cherkessia where they are an oppressed minority (), protesting against a Russian government move to strip a Circassian repatriant of Russian citizenship ( ), and organizing a new online community to promote a common Circassian national movement (