Monday, September 25, 2023

Committee for Ingushetia Independence Identifies Émigré Activist Ansar Garkkho as Its Leader

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Sept. 15 – The Committee for Ingushetia Independence is assuming ever clearer shape. Created at the start of 2023 ( and, it has now announced the name of its president.

            He is Ansar Garkkho, 38. His elevation was reported on September 11 after he met with the leaders of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis to discuss how the two national liberation movements could cooperate ( and

            After finishing school in Malgobek in 2004, Garkkho studied at the legal faculty of Ingush State University where he also received training in information technology. Since graduating, he has been increasingly active in opposing Russian policies in Ingushetia and has been subjected to persecution because of that.

            In 2014, he was among those behind the establishment of the Afiya charitable foundation which helped poor children there; and in 2016, he was one of the organizers of the Anti-Lirik youth movement which worked to oppose the distribution of drugs in the republic. Forced to leave Russia in 2017, he has continued his charitable work abroad.

            According to the movement, Garkkho is “one of the founders and directors of the YouTube project Golos Istiny, helped organize the Ingush diaspora in Istanbul, and has been the head of the Committee for Ingush Independence since its foundation. He is married and has six children.


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