Staunton, May 30 – The Prigorodny District once part of Ingushetia but now of North Ossetia where problems sparked a war between the two remains a source of instability because the 23,000 ethnic Ingush who still live there are underrepresented or completely excluded from many institutions, a new study reports.
Carried out earlier this year by Magomed Matiyev, a member of Ingushetia’s Daymokhk organization and Madina Mestoyeva, an Ingush political scientist, the study examined the different rates of integration in a variety of public institutions by the three ethnic groups living there, the Ossetians, the Ingush and the Russians.
It found that the 23,000 Ingush there are significantly underrepresented or not represented at all in every public institution except schools compared to the 73,000 Ossetians and the 9,000 ethnic Russians (fortanga.org/2022/05/issledovanie-nizkaya-integracziya-ingushej-v-prigorodnom-rajone-faktor-destabilizaczii-otnoshenij-mezhdu-dvumya-narodami/).
Matiyev and Mestoyeva conclude that “the low level of integration of Ingush in the socio-cultural and political-legal sphere is a factor of destabilization in the relations between the two peoples,” with the conflict between them “much more complex” that it appears because it involves not just territorial claims and ethnic interests but the just distribution of resources.
They argue that officials in North Ossetia and Ingushetia must address these problems or face the likelihood of new explosions. And they add that “perhaps” Moscow should get involved although it has shown no interest so far, apparently because it hopes that if it ignores such difficulties, they will go away on their own.
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