Friday, December 24, 2021

Ingush, Ossetians Clash in Prigorodny District Settlement

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Nov. 4 – Small groups of Ingush and Ossetians clashed in the Dachnoye settlement of the Prigorodny District of the Ingush Republic, the site of a violent war in 1992 and of off and on attacks by one group against the other in the years since, in particular in 2002, 2008, and 2016.

            Officials in both republics suggested that these were not interethnic conflicts but simply clashes of any every day kind, but independent Ingush outlets argued that yesterday’s fight which left several people wounded was precisely an ethnic clash and reflected underlying tensions (,, and

            Historically, the Prigorodny district dispute, one rooted in the fact that the area was part of Ingushetia until the deportation in 1944 when it was transferred to North Ossetia and that this region was not restored to Ingushetia when the republic was reestablished in the 1950s, has been more important to the two nations than to the leaders of the two republics.

            The latter have generally worked hard not to allow the ethnic factor to rise to the surface lest that provoke Moscow and create problems for themselves, but members of the two nations remain agitated by the issue. That is especially true of the Ingush who as residents of the smallest republic are to any territorial loss (

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