People from Chechnya and Ingushetia were delivered to the carriages in trucks. February 1944. Screenshot of the video by the user vainakh38 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKmb-WX0OI0

26 July 2018, 11:33

Ingush State Archive gets unique documents about deported Vainakh people

Ingushetia has got a large archive containing documents about the life and activities of special settlers during the years of deportation. As a result of the specialists' work in the archival institutions of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, 2000 sheets and personnel documents concerning the lives of special settlers were found.

All documents will be included in the Archive Fund of Ingushetia, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was informed by Magomed Kartoev, the director for the State Archive of the Republic of Ingushetia.

"Our main task is to restore lost documents of historical and cultural heritage and, in particular, to search for documents in the archival institutions of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where Chechen and Ingush people were deported," said Magomed Kartoev.

During the "Lentil" operation, conducted in the period from February 23 to March 9, 1944, almost 500,000 people from Chechnya and Ingushetia were evicted to Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The repression was explained by cases of mass desertion, evasion of draft, and preparation of an uprising.

Tamara Yandieva, a researcher from the Ingush Scientific Research Institute for Humanitarian Sciences named after Ch. E. Akhriev, has noted that she sees a person behind each document.

According to the researcher, several documents state that top-ranking Ingush people refused their posts when they learned about the chance to return home. "Love for own country. We felt in the documents that acute sense of nostalgia," Tamara Yandieva said.

Naima Neflyasheva, an author of the blog "Northern Caucasus Through the Centuries" at the "Caucasian Knot", believes the completion of the Ingush archive is very important for the development of history and political science in the region.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 26, 2018 at 06:08 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Tatyana Gantimurova; Source: CK correspondent

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