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Protesters Demand Resignation of Ingushetia's President


Hundreds of protesters in Russia's republic of Ingushetia have demanded the resignation of its president.

A heavy security presence shadowed Monday's rally in the city of Nazran as protesters called for the resignation of President Murat Zyazikov, a former KGB general who was elected in 2002 with significant Kremlin support.

Police in the predominantly Muslim republic reportedly arrested one of the protest organizers, Boris Arsamokov.

The Associated Press reports that participants also demanded the Kremlin redraw the boundary between Ingushetia and North Ossetia to return territory that belonged to ethnic Ingush.

North Ossetia is a neighboring republic dominated by Orthodox Christians. Ingushetia also borders Chechnya, where separatists have fought pro-Moscow forces for more than five years.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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