From February to October 1992, Valery Tishkov served as Minister of Nationalities of the government of Russia. This book is his account of ethnicity, nationalism, and conflict in the territory of the former Soviet Union, focusing particularly on the Russian federation, and drawing on his personal political experience and inside knowledge of major events. He analyzes the demographic, ecological, and cultural backgrounds of ethnic tensions and conflict, and carefully measures grassroots ethnic attitudes and cultural interactions, which do not always correspond to intellectual and political statements and claims.

The Anatomy of Ethnic Cleansing: The Ingush-Ossetian Conflict

The anatomy of ethnic cleansing: The Ingush-Ossetian conflict

8.1 Introduction

The first openly violent ethnic conflict in the territory of the Russian Federation involved two peoples of the North Caucasus region, the Ossets and the Ingush, in late October 1992. This can be considered a deep-rooted conflict – a category to which specialists assign inter-ethnic and other types of group clashes that are difficult to settle owing to the far-reaching claims and demands of the conflicting parties (Burton, 1987, p. 3). As a rule, so many factors are at work in such conflicts – including deep-rooted sentiments, values, and aspirations – and so great is the level of mutual estrangement, that the usual ways of resolving conflict through legal ...

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