A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Galgay, Ghalghay, Ingus, Kisti, Kistin

306,000 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 445,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 322,900.


Ingushetiya Republic, Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya, Kabardino-Balkariya, and Chechnya Republic.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Statutory language of provincial identity in Ingushetia (1993, Constitution, Article 68(2)).


None known. Somewhat intelligible with Chechen [che], more so with contact.

Language Use

Also use Russian [rus].

Language Development
Radio. Grammar. Bible portions: 2005.

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Cyrillic script [Cyrl]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

In 1944–1957, they were deported to Kazakhstan and Siberia, losing 25% to 50% of the population. Lost much land, economic resources, and civil rights. Removed from Vladikavkaz in late 1992, but many returned. Muslim.

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