Difference between revisions of "Ingushetia"
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The Ingush are relatives of the Chechens and have shared their Sufi Islamic beliefs as well as their fate in rebellion and conquest vis-à-vis the Russians. In the beginning of the 19th century, a Chechen scholar peacefully converted most Ingush into Islam. Like the Chechens, the Ingush were accused by Stalin of Nazi collaboration and were deported to Kazakhstan. When Khrushchev allowed them to return home, they found that their Orthodox Christian neighbors, the Ossetes, had settled on formerly Ingush lands, launching a violent ethnic conflict which rages on today.
Although the majority of Ingushetia's population lives in the larger northern towns, the Ingush consider their true heritage to be tied to the ancient auls (stone mountaintop villages) in the south of Ingushetia, especially along the Assy Gorge.
Planes to Ingushetia leaves from Moscow .
A train leaves from/to Moscow one time for 4 days.
A daily bus leaves from/to Grozny,Nalchik and Stavropol. Regular buses leaves from/to Moscow . A small buses leaves from/to Nalchik and other north-caucasians,south-russians cities(i.e.,to Vladikavkaz).
Russian is understood by all, as well as the official language, Ingush. Ingush is commonly known as ГІалгІай мотт (Ğalğaj mott). Ingush is a language related to Chechen and also other regional languages is common. Since the situation in Ingushetia is extremely tense and unstable, a visitor attempting to speak or even say a few words may attract unwanted attention.
"Assa" Hotel-located in Nazran
Ingushetia is the most lawless region in Russia after Chechnya, and should largely be avoided. Travel is not recommended for Ingushetia until the security situation improves drastically. At present, Ingushetia should be considered a war zone.
Most hotel staff and the local inhabitants are very well aware of the situation in the republic, and are likely to offer you a lot of help. It is wise not to take a stroll all by yourself as you yourself can pose a target opportunity for corrupt and lawless authorities, or maybe, militants. Generally, most staff from hotels will accompany you to avoid any trouble.
A tight security situation is present, and at most checkpoints, they are likely to pull you over if you drive/are in a vehicle with coloured windows. Likewise, these vehicles are of much suspicion, as the security may think you are a terrorist. The security will search your vehicle for suspicious items (weapons, explosives, etc.)
The police force in the region are notoriously very corrupt and lawless, and it is not uncommon for them to pull you over for a bribe. The military at present are not corrupt compared to the police, and soldiers are all over the region, even in hotels to look after the well being of visitors. However, the estimates of infantry at particular buildings vary, depending on the safety of the place.
Phone scams are very rampant in Ingushetia. Due to such risks, it is best no to pick up a phone call from someone you are unfamiliar with. If in a hotel, ask first before you continue on.
Ingushetia is an Islamic society, and therefore visitors are required to behave and act properly. The Ingush are traditionally conservative people, and wearing clothes that are too short can attract a lot of attention.
It is considered rude to voice your own opinion about the Ossete-Ingush conflict. Relations between the two sides are not good, and people are generally very sensitive about this topic, and for your own sake, it is best to keep your opinions about it to yourself.
Although most people are muslim, there is generally no dress code for foreigners, and most Ingush are highly westernized.
In Ingushetia there are three federal GSM operators (MTS, Beeline, Megafon) and they often have offers that give you a SIM card for free or at least very cheap. If you are planning to stay a while and to keep in touch with Ingushetian and other North-Caucasus people, then you should consider buying a local SIM card instead of going on roaming. If you buy a SIM card from a shop you'll need your passport for identification. It only takes five minutes to do the paperwork and it will cost less than $10.