Volgograd, March 11 (RFE/RL) -- Representatives from both
the Moscow-backed Chechen government and separatist forces loyal to
Dzhokhar Dudayev will reportedly attend a congress of the Chechen and
Ingush peoples later this week in Volgograd.
Itar-Tass quotes congress organizer Zaka Dzhabirov, who said the
Moscow-backed Chechen delegation would be led by Isa Alleroev -
Russian President Boris Yeltsin's representative in Chechnya. He said
the separatist delegation would most likely be led by Ikhvan
Gerikhanov, the former head of Chechnya's constitutional court. The
congress will take place on March 15 and 16.
Ingush President Ruslan Aushev has also expressed his desire to
attend. Some 150 delegates from Chechen and Ingush communities across
the CIS as well as such countries as Poland, Finland, Turkey, Bosnia
and Jordan are scheduled to attend.
Under Soviet times, the Chechen and the Ingush shared a common
republic and they retain close cultural ties. Both peoples were
exiled from their homeland to Siberia and Kazakhstan by Stalin in
1944 and only allowed to return years after his death.