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Neglected Ingush cemetery

2012-04-17 14:29

Villages of North Ossetia, closed for the Ingushs, are a depressing spectacle because of the vacant lots on the site of former houses and gardens. But the Ingush ancestral cemetery, gradually coming into decline, while the descendants of people buried there are wandering and hoping to return to their hearth and home, has even sadder look. The Ingushs can visit the graves of their ancestors in the villages of the Southern (Yujni), Chernorechenskoye, Terk, Redant-II, Khutor Popov, Ir and Oktyabrskoye only with the assistance of the authorities of the two neighboring republics. They also will help to repair fence at the cemetery this year.


This year, the Ingush authorities have appointed a community work day at Muslim cemeteries of Prigorodniy area on the eve of the Orthodox Easter. Buses gathered at the bus station in Nazran those wishing to travel to the neighboring republic on Saturday, April 14. More than a hundred people forcedly displaced from the localities the villages of the Southern (Yujni), Chernorechenskoye, Terk, Redant-II, Khutor Popov, Ir and Oktyabrskoye have gathered. The Ingushs shouldn't appear there alone, says the chairman of the public organization "Union of the victims of the genocide" Ruslan Parchiev.

"It is safe if I take the guards or warn the law enforcement authorities in South Ossetia, that I am going there. In other case it is likely that it would be dangerous", he explained in an interview with a reporter GTimes.

Prigorodniy area remains a zone of tension of international relations even after 20 years after the conflict. The Ingushs have returned to some villages, such as Chermen. However, the residents there are like separated by an invisible wall. Ingushs have their own representatives in the administration. Their children go to those schools, in which Ossetian children do not go. Periodically, fights and quarrels between young people occur. Still, the Ingush have returned to their homes. And they have free access to the family cemetery.

Nearly half of thousands of Ingushs remain outcasts in their homeland. Although, according to the Russian Constitution, they have the right to live where they want, but in fact, Ossetian authorities are putting insurmountable obstacles. For example, the form of the FMS of Russia, the settlers must fill, includes a fishy item at number five. "Under this item, a returning person should ask his former neighbor if he wants him to come back or not", the leading expert of the Ministry of External Affairs, National Policy, Press and Information of the Republic of Ingushetia Alikhan Basayev told the GTimes. "It's nonsense. Russian laws operate here. Why do I have to ask my neighbor if I can return".

Meanwhile, in the restricted zone there are cemeteries, falling into decay due to the lack of constant care. To get access to them, the Ingushs needed the decision at the governmental level of the two republics. "For several years, each year we organize such trips", Alikhan Basaev said. "For safety reasons, we involve the Ministry of Internal Affairs of South Ossetia, to exclude any acts of sabotage and provocations".

The issue of returning the Prigorodniy area to Ingushetia, which had been taken away during the deportation in 1944, is absolutely unsolvable. Ingush authorities are trying not to put the question point-blank in order not to heat up the situation with those people who have returned there. However, the Rehabilitation Act, under which peoples have the right to return to their homes, has not been canceled in Russia. There is only one way - convergence, which would enable the two nations do not pay attention to administrative boundaries and coexist peacefully.


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