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Vainakh Republic
Вайнехан Республика (ce/inh)
Вайнахская Республика (ru)

Republic of the Soviet Union
Timeline: New Union

OTL equivalent: Chechnya and Ingushetia
Flag of Chechen Republic before 2004 Coat of arms of Chechnya
Flag Coat of Arms
Location of Vainakhia (New Union)
Location of Vainakhia
Capital Grozny
Other cities Gudermes, Magas, Urus-Martan
Language
  official
 
Chechen, Ingush, Russian
  others Georgian, Ossetian
Religion
  main
 
Sunni Islam
  others Eastern Orthodoxy
Demonym Vainakh, Vainakhian
Area 19,332 km²
Population 2,168,372 
Established January 15, 1934
Time zone BAKT (UTC+3)
  summer BAKST (UTC+4)
Abbreviations SU-VK

Vainakhia (Chechen/Ingush: Вайнеханчоь, Vaynexanҫö; Russian: Вайнахия, Vaynakhiya), formally known as the Vainakh Republic, is a republic of the Soviet Union located in the Caucasus. Vainakhia is culturally dominated by the Chechens and the Ingush, with Sunni Islam being the primary religion within the republic.

The region was originally known as the Chechen-Ingush ASSR when it was established in 1934. The Chechens and Ingush were among the many peoples who Joseph Stalin forcibly relocated during his reign, but were allowed to return by the 1960s.

Doku Zavgaev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Slovenia, at the Global Russia Business Meeting 2010

Doku Zavgaev, the first elected President of Vainakhia.

During the Parade of Sovereignties of the 1980s and 1990s, the Chechens were the most outspoken in their desire for greater independence from Moscow, with tensions existing throughout the early 1990s. Despite this rebellious fervor, relations quickly improved following the establishment of the Vainakh Republic as a sovereign entity within the Soviet Union.

Throughout the 2000s, the republic has seen the growth of its economy, infrastructure, and population (becoming one of the fastest growing areas within the USSR).



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