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TYPE: Political Subdivision
OTHER SCRIPTS: Гӏалгӏай Мохк (Ingush), Ингушетия (Russian)
OTHER FORMS: Ingushetiya
Meaning & History
Derived from Angusht
, which is the name of an ancient village. The Ingush people call themselves the Гӏалгӏай (Ghalghai)
, a combination of the Ingush words ghala
meaning "fortress, town" and ghai
meaning "inhabitants, citizens". Ingushetia is a republic of Russia, located in the Caucasus
and bordered by Chechnya
. It was formerly a part of the Chechen-Ingush ASSR during the Soviet period.