In the 20 years that have passed since the tiny republic of Ingushetia in Russia’s North Caucasus was noticed by the international media, much has changed in the region. In the late 1990s, Ingushetia was mostly known as the unstable and smaller western neighbour of war-torn Chechnya.

The two volatile Muslim neighbours had once been a unified autonomous republic in the Soviet Union known as the Chechen-Ingush ASSR. When Chechnya’s first post-Soviet leader, former air force general, Dzhokhar Du...

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