Although both countries claim the military exercises are simply for practice, some wonder if the old dispute is again flaring.
Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, the Kremlin-backed president of Ingushetia, is the fourth government official in the North Caucasus targeted this month.
Continued violence in the North Caucusus region could be fueled by anger over corruption, experts say.
Putin burnishes his image by unjamming 200 miles of traffic and helping 500 laid-off workers get back pay in a single-industry town. But critics say Russia's economic woes are beyond the reach of one individual.
The proposed course, which is pending approval from the Education Department, will teach high school students to analyze, compare, and criticize advertisements, news stories, and TV reports from a variety of sources.
Some 36,000 officers are expected to be cut this year and many Soviet-era 'phantom divisions' eliminated. But will the economic crisis undercut reforms?