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  Ossetians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Ossetians live in the region of Ossetia, a region in the northern Caucasus Mountains in Europe.
In Georgian language Alania and the Alans are known as the Oseti.
The Ossetians of Georgia suffered under Soviet rule in the 20th century and in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict in the early 1990s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ossetians   (545 words)

The Ossetians are descended from the Alans, a Sarmatian tribe inhabiting the foothills of the Caucasus in the 4th c.
Ossetians who remained on the north slope of the Caucasus range, lived in perpetual conflict with the Kabards, who came to convert the Digor Ossets to Islam.
Ossetians who migrated to the south slope have retained their language and culture in medieval and modern Georgia.
www.hunmagyar.org /turan/caucasus/osset.html   (469 words)

 South Ossetia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Ossetian minority continued to seek greater levels of autonomy, but were faced with increasing nationalist sentiment among the Georgian majority.
Many South Ossetians were resettled in uninhabited areas of North Ossetia from which the Ingush had been expelled by Stalin in 1944, leading to conflicts between Ossetians and Ingush over the right of residence in former Ingush territory.
On January 25, 2005, President Saakashvili presented a Georgian vision for resolving the South Ossetian conflict at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) session in Strasbourg.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/South_Ossetia   (1945 words)

 Ossetia & Ossetians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Ossetians are a people of mixed Iranian-Japhetic (Caucasian) origin; their language belongs to the Iranian group of the Indo-European family of languages.
In addition to Ossetians and Russians, the republic is populated by Ingush, Armenians, Georgians, and Ukrainians.
The region is populated mainly by the Ossetians and Georgians.
www.canada-osetia.net /iryston/page2.html   (575 words)

 Ossetians - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Ossetians, also known as Ossetes, an ethnic and linguistic group primarily inhabiting the central Caucasus.
South Ossetia has a population (1989) of 98,527.
At the 1989 census Ossetians (or Ossetes) constituted...
ca.encarta.msn.com /Ossetians.html   (40 words)

 beslan.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Ossetians speak a language of the Iranian branch of Indo-European, a descendant of one of the dialects of the Scythian rulers of the Iron Age steppe whose intermediate stage was the early medieval Alanic language.
In traditional Ossetian law, as in the law codes of all indigenous north Caucasian societies, a capital crime (such as murder) was punished by a death sentence carried out by the victim's family against the criminal or his closest surviving male relative.
To summarize, Ossetian collective vengeance against Ingush for the Beslan hostage-taking is made likely by prior tensions over the return of Ingush land, official statements associating the hostage-taking with entire ethnic groups, the existence of vigilante or paramilitary groups, and -- probably most important -- the expectation of impunity for attacks on Ingush.
ingush.berkeley.edu:7012 /beslan.html   (2358 words)

 MAR | Data | Chronology for Ossetians (South) in Georgia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Ossetians settle in the region of present-day North Ossetia.
Pro-Bolshevik Ossetians stage a revolt and are harshly repressed by Georgian forces.
South Ossetian refugees in North Ossetia are reported to live in homes of Ingush who escaped during the conflict with North Ossetian.
www.cidcm.umd.edu /inscr/mar/chronology.asp?groupId=37203   (2434 words)

Ossetian troops fired the first shots against Georgian troops and villagers in the conflict zone over the last week, launching what is now being described as the second South Ossetia-Georgia conflict.
Following this, the commander in chief of the Ossetian peacekeeping forces, Kazbeg Friev, told reporters that he could not be responsible for Ossetians forces that are not peacekeepers.
Meanwhile, Georgians and Ossetians residing on Georgian territory have launched regular demonstrations calling for peace and urging authorities not to yield to Kokoev’s provocations.
www.cacianalyst.org /view_article.php?articleid=2528&SMSESSION=NO   (1177 words)

 MAR | Data | Assessment for Ossetians (South) in Georgia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Ossetians are comprised of many different subgroups and tribes that speak a variety of dialects, some of which are mutually unintelligible.
In both the Abkhaz and South Ossetian conflicts the major issues have been, and continue to be, the return of ethnic Georgian refugees that fled the regions during the wars and the redefinition of Abkhaz and Ossetian sovereignty.
Although not formally recognized by the international community, the Abkhaz and Ossetians have adopted the trappings and prerogatives of full sovereignty by such measures as drafting a new constitution (Abkhazia) and concluding treaties with autonomous entities within the Russian federation (both Abkhazia and Ossetia).
www.cidcm.umd.edu /inscr/mar/assessment.asp?groupId=37203   (978 words)

 2004 IPF Template-12
Ossetians, especially the military elite, mostly remained loyal to the ancien regime, Ingushis were mostly against it.
The resettlement of 25-30,000 Ossetians from North Ossetia and Georgia to Prigorodny district was “voluntary – enforced”: each Ossetian district and kolkhoz was allocated a certain number of “volunteers”, who had to be resettled to the “new districts”.
The Ossetians, on the contrary were among the most Sovietized republics: “The ideology of state Socialism fully ruled the spiritual life of the Ossetians as a society”, noted Zdravomyslov (Zdravomyslov: 1998: 38).
www.policy.hu /sokirianskaia/policy.html   (14642 words)

 Wide Angle. Printable Pages | PBS
The Ossetians still hold the Ingush responsible for having upheld the Bolshevik side of this conflict.
For the most part the North Ossetians are seen as the reliable, loyal-to-mother-Russia good kids of the North Caucasus family, and the Ingushetians are seen as the renegades.
Some suspect that the rational behind favoring the North Ossetians is racial because the North Ossetians are primarily Christian while the Ingushetians are primarily Muslim.
www.pbs.org /wnet/wideangle/printable/beslan_map_north_print.html   (683 words)

 Russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In 1963, North Ossetian authorities changed the borders of the Prigorodnyi region to reduce the Ingush population and increase the Ossetian: Ossetian-inhabited territory on the left bank of the Terek River was attached to the Prigorodnyi region and certain Ingush-dominated villages were transferred to other districts.
Ossetians, however, generally agree that the South Ossetians must be accommodated and given the same treatment as Ingush displaced from Prigorodnyi.
South Ossetian leaders openly boast about their role in the fighting, and South Ossetian paramilitaries, militia, and some South Ossetian refugees are implicated in much of the wanton destruction and violence committed during and after the outbreak of hostilities in 1992.
www.hrw.org /reports/1996/Russia.htm   (18471 words)

In the Indo-European and official Soviet Russian historical sciences all of them are recognized as Iranian speaking, in particular, as the ancestors of Ossetians, not on the basis of a comprehensive study of the linguistic, mythological, ethnological, archeological and historical data, but coming only from isolated linguistic deductions.
Ossetians) call them Asses(Asiag is Balkarian, Asi is the country they occupied), the ancient nameis preserved in the annals in a form Yasses.
The next daythe Ossetians woke up and, using the name of the territory, began usingtheir own ethnonim Yasses for Balkars, instead of themselves, as before,and also began to call themselves Ironians, for they did not recall howthey were called earlier.
www.hunmagyar.org /turan/tatar/alan.html   (6775 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
During the fighting, 33 Ossetians won the Hero of the Soviet Union medal - the USSR's equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
Most Ossetians expected the federal troops stationed nearby to come to their aid, arguing that the Ingush were the aggressors.
After the skirmishes were over, most North Ossetians argued that, since the Russian army had not defended them, it could not be considered their national army and many have maintained this position ever since.
www.iwpr.net /archive/cau/cau_200105_82_03_eng.txt   (548 words)

It is known that the theory about Iranian (or Ossetian) speaking of Scythians, Sarmatians, and Alans was not developed in objective research, and was created purposefully by tendentious etymologization of Scythian and Sarmatian words, through application of exclusively Indo-Iranian languages.
Ossetians) call them Asses (Asiag is Balkarian, Asi is the country they occupied), the ancient name is preserved in the annals in a form Yasses.
The next day the Ossetians woke up and, using the name of the territory, began using their own ethnonim Yasses for Balkars, instead of themselves, as before, and also began to call themselves Ironians, for they did not recall how they were called earlier.
members.tripod.com /tatargazeta/eng_175.html   (7368 words)

 USATODAY.com - Anger rising in volatile Caucasus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
For people at the muddy gravesides and throughout this small town, the school-hostage tragedy is viewed through the lens of a brutal historic rivalry, which pits the Christian Orthodox Ossetians here, against Muslims of Ingushetia and Chechnya to the east.
By striking the pro-Russian Ossetians, the Chechens and Ingush militants are seen attempting to launch an ethnic conflict in this volatile region to broaden the Kremlin's quagmire in Chechnya.
When the deportees were allowed to return in 1956, they often found Ossetians living in their houses.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-09-07-tension-russia_x.htm   (1008 words)

 The Ossetians' Kinsmen Abroad. Hungary.
Before their arrival in the parts occupied by modern Hungary, the Magyars had already had a brush with the Alans (Hungarian and ancient Russian - the Jaszy), at the time when the former temporarily settled down in the steppes adjacent to the Black Sea, west of the River Dnieper.
This time is considered to be the time of the very first contacts made between the ancestors of the modern Hungarians and Ossetians.
In spite of their having lost the Ossetic language, the Hungarian Alans have preserved their national consciousness and show great interest for life of their kinsmen in the Caucasus.
southosetia.euro.ru /en_hunga.html   (596 words)

 1. Ossetia-Ingushetia
One of the consequences of these deportations was the transfer to the North Ossetian autonomous republic of the Prigordny region, which had been inhabited almost entirely by Ingushetians but was now resettled by Ossetians.
As a result, the Ingushetians concluded that they were victims of an Ossetian conspiracy--a conclusion supported by rumors that Stalin and several of his closest advisors were of Ossetian origin.
Indeed, the North Ossetians have continued to insist that such negotiations are unacceptable in principle, since the region's status as an unalienable part of North Ossetia is authoritatively recognized in the Russian constitution.
www.rand.org /pubs/conf_proceedings/CF129/CF-129.chapter1.html   (2266 words)

 Georgia and South Ossetia
Therefore, since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the South Ossetians, have been attempting to gain independence since November 1989 when the SOAO Council sent a letter to the Georgian Supreme Soviet demanding to be unified with North Ossetia, mostly out of concern regarding Georgian nationalism and subsequent second class treatment.
In September 1990, the Ossetians declared sovereingty under the USSR and in return, the Georgian government dissolved its recognition of the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast.
The South Ossetians still desire to breakaway from Georgia and establish their own state, and likewise, Georgia still wants to retain its territorial integrity and keep the region of South Ossetia as a part of the state.
www.american.edu /ted/ice/ossetia.htm   (2384 words)

 Ossetians Blame Ingush And Authorities For Beslan - Eurasia Daily Monitor
The tragedy in Beslan left local Ossetians with the question, "Who is to blame?" After terrorists seized the school, the first reaction from Beslan's residents was to take revenge on their neighbors -- the Ingush.
The first anti-Ingush act was committed by Ossetians on September 2 when, according to the Ingushetiya.ru website, several Ingush going to Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, were detained by Ossetian policemen at a checkpoint on the Ossetian-Ingush border (Ingushetiya.ru, September 9).
When the Beslan siege ended with the death of hundreds of hostages, outraged and armed Ossetians rushed to the Ingush village of Karts, but were stopped by local police.
www.jamestown.org /edm/article.php?article_id=2368538   (768 words)

 Ossetians Vow Revenge for Beslan “One Person at a Time” - NEWS - MOSNEWS.COM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Fears are high that Ossetians will seek bloody revenge for the more than 330 people —- more than half of them children —- who died in the maelstrom of gunfire and explosions at the school on Sept. 3.
The Ingush are predominantly Muslims and are closely related to the Chechens; Ossetians are overwhemlingly Christian and historically have had close ties with Russia.
But many Ossetians say they are cleaning their guns, many of which were acquired during the last round of violence in 1992.
www.mosnews.com /news/2004/10/11/feud.shtml   (1228 words)

 All Empires History Forum: Ossetians
Sadly, the world heard about the Ossetians by the recent horrible events in Beslan, and not by their admirable culture that survived centuries..
The Ossetians are lumped together with the other Caucasians in the Turkish diaspora, called the "Cherkess" -after the name the Russians called them.
Ossetians like Tajiks (Tojik as they name themselves) pronounce "A" mostly as "O", so I think "Ossetian" is the same "Avestan".
www.allempires.com /forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=603&PN=1   (1800 words)

 t a c i t u s ||   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But Ossetians still distrust and look down on Ingush, and Ingush still distrust and resent Ossetians.
There are Ossetians living in Ingushetia, and Ingush living in Ossetia.
Russian Russian, that is, as opposed to Ossetian Russian.
www.tacitus.org /story/2004/10/12/8227/0275   (1729 words)

 Wide Angle. Printable Pages | PBS
The South Ossetian terrain is mountainous and its primary economic source is agriculture, though less than 10% of South Ossetian land is cultivated.
South Ossetia's primary struggle is with independence from Georgia, which has been in command of the South Ossetian territory in one form or another since the early Middle Ages.
In 1922 the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast was formed, forging this mini-state where Ossetian as well as Russian and Georgian became the spoken languages.
www.pbs.org /wnet/wideangle/printable/beslan_map_south_print.html   (554 words)

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