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At Two Very Different Meetings, Ingush Recall the Past and Present in Very Different Ways

Paul Goble



            Staunton, October 30 – Two very other conferences took position in Ingushetia today, one concerning the 1992 Prigorodny clash among Ingushetia and North Ossetia attended by means of way of 1000 of us and addressed by means of way of officers but now not sufferers and a moment about political repressions previous and show attended by means of way of 70 and proposing the feedback of sufferers and their descendants.



            The occasions of the autumn of 1992 within the Prigorodny district hold to dominate Ingush pondering now not basically resulting from the injustice of that area now not being again to Ingushetia after the country was allowed to return from deportation but in addition resulting from the variations in population density among the NULL republics.



            In Russia as a whole, there are approximately 8.5 of us per sq. kilometer but this determine varies widely: In Ingushetia, there are 140 of us per sq. kilometer whereas in North Ossetia it…

Conflict between Russia's Chief Buddhist and Buryat Republic Head Deepens


Paul Goble



            Staunton, October 30 – Something virtually unprecedented is going on in Russia: the leaders of NULL of its 4 “traditional” and officially identified religions are attacking the authorities. Muslim leaders are backing a Muslim soldier who killed these persecuting him, and the pinnacle of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia has immediately attacked the pinnacle of Buryatia.



            The Buryat case is the extra major as the particular person making the feedback is the Hambo-lama Damba Ayushev, the pinnacle of the officially backed Traditional Sanga; and his feedback has no longer been a one-time factor but has been about a sort of points and now has change into private or even nasty.



            In September, the Hambo-lama sharply criticized Aleksey Tsydenov, the pinnacle of the Buryat Republic, for failing to meet with demonstrators who've been protesting the consequence of an election there as effectively as for failing to assist the Buryat language in opposition to Moscow’s method (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/10/russias-buddhist-leader-sharply.html).



            Ayushev’s feedback infected Buryat public opinion and definitely explained their measurement and size and why Moscow and Tsydenov felt that they had no option but to suppress them forcefully (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/09/harsh-suppression-of-buryat-protests.html  and windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/09/five-reasons-for-protests-in-buryatia.html).



            Now, the chief official Buddhist has long gone after Tsydenov for an motion that might also just simply make the concern even extra explosive. He fees that the republic head has lavishly entertained of us in a cafe owned via a dissident crew of Buddhists, the Center for Tibetan Buddhism, therefore tough the standing or at the least amour authentic of Ayushev.

         

The Buddhist chief made the price on Facebook, and it has now been highlighted in an article in Moscow’s Kommersant (facebook.com/damba.ayusheev.8/posts/919096008475909and kommersant.ru/doc/4142054), elevating the stakes for equally men and making it far extra tough for both of them or their supporters to again down.



Indeed, Tsydenov would perhaps be making the concern even worse for himself via having certainly one of his aides leak to Kommersantthe tale that Ayushev is indignant simply simply due to the fact he didn't get hold of 30 million rubles (500,000 US dollars) from the republic government that the Buddhist chief had been expecting.



According to TimurDugarzhapov, the deputy director of the National Museum of Buryatia, “the clash is deepening and this won't advantage the republic.” The truth that the NULL have dug in as they have suggests that the concern in a republic most ignore usually might change into really explosive, with faith reinforcing nationalism to gas new protests.


Paul Goble



            Staunton, October 30 – Many anticipate that if the Russian Federation disintegrates, these speeding to the exits first can be the non-Russian republics or essentially probably the foremost impoverished Russian oblasts and krays; but Vlad Krymsky argues that these most interested in leaving would perhaps be the wealthier Russian areas which don’t desire to guide the poorer neighbors.



            Catalonia in Spain and the Northern Alliance in Italy are examples elsewhere wherein wealthier areas “do no longer desire to feed” the poorer provinces, the Russian commentator says. And on the cease of Soviet times, a few Russian areas tried to go away simply due to the fact they didn’t desire to assist others (versia.ru/razval-rossii-osushhestvyat-po-granice-bednosti-i-bogatstva).



                It can be a mistake to anticipate that “all it's within the past,” Krymsky says. “Russia as we speak has its own Catalonia – and extra than one in fact.”  Russians have to anticipate about this even although the disintegration of the USSR is so contemporary at the least in facet simply due to the fact within the West such options have been discussed extra or much less always for decades.



            The Western professionals who've performed so have usually pronounced that the probably disintegration of Russia or of different countries can be the end end effect of the actions of “rich and self-sufficient areas [that] don't desire to share” their wealth with their poorer ones.  And if that happens, “the Federation will then fall apart.”



            There is a basis for such projections, the commentator continues. There are 12 areas which don't get hold of subsidies from the heart and three extra that do but might simply get via with out them. Only three of them have concept about self-determination, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Sverdlovsk Oblast, the final being an ethnic Russian region.



            The quantity of the latter might rise, Krymsky says; and same processes might occur within the former Soviet republics, perhaps promoted via Russia for its own interests. Those who say such problems will “never” occur have to pay nearer attention to what is going on in western Europe and realize that same problems might occur nearer to home.

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