Analysis focuses on the Istanbul-based committee's campaign for independent Ingushetia
A recent analysis by Magomed Torijev for OC-Media, promotes the idea of an independent Ingushetia. The work and agenda of the Ingush Independence Committee is at the center of the article, which mentions that the Ingush have endured multiple deportations and massacres over 250 years under various Russian regimes.
According to Torijev, the mobilization of the Russian army for the war in Ukraine led to the formation of the Ingush Independence Committee in December 2022, a group of expatriates preparing to create an independent Ingushetia.
For Torijev, the recent mobilization for the war in Ukraine became a turning point. The Ingush emigrants, living in different countries, united to prepare for the expected collapse of Russia to establish an independent Ingushetia. The Ingush Independence Committee was created to connect all Ingush people, regardless of political affiliation, to work to realize a sovereign Ingushetia.
The Committee operates anonymously, except for Ahmad Ozdo and Ruslan Evloev, to protect their families living in Ingushetia from possible abduction and torture. The organization is making concerted efforts to form an armed force, not to confront Russia, but to protect the Ingush population from external and internal antagonists in the aftermath of Russia's expected disintegration.
Torijev's discourse underscores the definitive division between the aspirations of non-Russian peoples and those of Russians, who remain anchored in imperial desires. The Ingush and other non-Russian entities are portrayed as detached from Russia's imperialist goals and more culturally and socially aligned with nations such as Azerbaijan and Georgia.
According to the analysis, a group of Ingush migrants in Turkey, the EU, and the Middle East decided in December 2022 that they were ready to create their state, army, and government. On December 13, 2022, the Ingush Independence Committee was established in Istanbul. It consisted of a few dozen people who decided to unite Ingush people of all political persuasions around the concept of creating a free and independent state of Ingushetia after the fall of Russia.