Following murder of one of its leaders Magomed Yevloev 31 August, Ingush opposition staged mass protest action in Nazran, the principal Ingush city 1 September. The protest action was violently disbanded by the authorities in the morning of 2 September, according to the opposition website http://www.ingushetiya.ru
The opposition voice opinion that Ingushetia should pursue independence from Russia. The call is apparently designed to push federal authorities of Russia, of which Ingushetia is a part, to yield to the opposition demands – resignation of the acting president Murat Zyazikov and handover of the disputed land from the neighbouring North Ossetia to Ingushetia. The latter claim, if pursued violently will lead to resumed hostilities between North Ossetia and Ingushetia.
It has been rumoured, that shortly before his killing Magomed Yevloev was about to start the campaign for collection of signatures among the Ingush for secession from Russian Federation.
The latest Ingush opposition initiatives may have derived from unilateral recognition of South Ossetia by Russia. The Ingush may have seen a window of opportunity for pushing for their causes, as there is such a big attention of the world now to the Caucasus region.