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Thousands of rallies and shooting: what is happening in Ingushetia because of the new borders with Chechnya

Hundreds of people and the Constitutional Court of the Republic opposed the decision of the parliament.

Rally in Magas, the capital of Ingushetia. Photos from the Telegram channel “Ingushetia 2018”

What’s happening

On October 4, a rally of local residents began near the Ingushetia parliament building in Magas (the capital of Ingushetia). According to the Ingushetia 2018 Telegram channel, between five and ten thousand people participate in it – they are dissatisfied with the transfer of part of the republic’s lands to Chechnya.

The night before began to spread the information that people are going. They were called upon to gather in Magas by representatives of the council of the republic teips, the representatives of the organizing committee dubbed an invitation from the elders of the republics. Then people began to spread information themselves in social networks.

Ruslan Mutsolgov
Chairman of the Yabloko branch in Ingushetia ( quoted as “Rain” )

According to eyewitnesses, shooting started several times at the rally. For the first time, the protection of the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, opened fire after someone from the crowd began to throw objects and bottles at him.

Several people from the organizing committee for the holding of a civil forum of Ingushetia went to the negotiations by the protesters. As the authors of “Ingushetia 2018” noted, the participants announced an indefinite rally, at which they demand the resignation of Yevkurov and all the officials who supported the transfer of the republic’s lands.

Reason for controversy

  • On September 26, Ramzan Kadyrov and Yunus-Bek Yevkurov signed anagreement on the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya. It has not been clearly established since the collapse of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991;
  • On the day of signing , protest actions were held in different parts of the republic . Several dozen people went to rallies, additional police detachments arrived in Magas, Internet crashes occurred in the capital;
  • After September 26, 13 people were detained in Ingushetia because of protests against the transfer of land. On October 1, there was a motor rally against the agreement, the participants of which for several hours blocked the section of the federal highway “Kavkaz”;
  • On October 4, the People’s Assembly of Ingushetia supported theagreement on the establishment of boundaries: 17 deputies out of 25 who voted in favor voted in favor. According to the “Caucasian Knot”, Ramzan Kadyrov threatened the opponents of the agreement and urged “not to create problems for yourself”;
  • The Ingush Constitutional Court demanded that the agreement on the establishment of the border with Chechnya be brought to a referendum. Soon, thousands of people began to gather for a protest in the capital of the republic.

Brief history of conflict

The question of defining the administrative boundary between Chechnya and Ingushetia arose in the early 1990s. For the first time tried to hold the border in 1993. Then Dzhokhar Dudayev and the first president of Ingushetia, Ruslan Aushev, agreed that a large part of the Sunzhensky district, except the village of Sernovodsk and the village of Assinovskaya, remained part of Ingushetia.

Disputes resumed in the mid-2000s: in both republics they even created commissions for delimitation. Kadyrov insisted that more Chechens lived in the region than the Ingush, and Yevkurov, on the contrary, insisted on the lands and ordered not to allow security officials from the neighboring republic to go there.

Under the new agreement, Chechnya received a part of the Nadterechny district of Ingushetia, Ingushetia in return received territory on the border with the Malgobek district. According to the “Caucasian Knot”, the territories of the Sunzhensky district of Ingushetia and the Sunzha district were in the center of the conflict. In 2013, there was already a conflict between the inhabitants of these areas because of claims to foreign territories.

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