Map of new border between Ingushetia and Chechnya. Photo: press service of the government of Ingushetia

06 December 2018, 13:16

Russia's CC approves agreement on Ingush-Chechen border

The agreement on the Ingush-Chechen border has been found as conforming to the Constitution, and shall enter into force immediately, Valery Zorkin, the Chairman of the Russian Constitutional Court (CC), has announced today.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the signing on September 26 by Ramzan Kadyrov and Yunus-Bek Evkurov of the agreement on fixing the Chechen-Ingush border triggered mass protests, the participants of which demanded to bring the border issue to a referendum.

On October 30, the Ingush CC found the republic's law on the border with Chechnya to be unconstitutional. Yunus-Bek Evkurov, the head of the republic, sent a request for verification of the agreement to the Russia's CC.

The Russian CC has found the agreement on the transfer of some Ingush land to Chechnya to be legitimate, the presiding Valery Zorkin has stated today during a live broadcast on the CC's website.

According to his version, the agreement is not contrary to the basic law of Russia (Constitution); and the CC's decision cannot be appealed against, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, who watched the broadcast, reports.

The CC's decision also notes that there is no need to hold a referendum on the establishment of an administrative border with Chechnya in Ingushetia, the TASS reports.

Let us note here that earlier members of the Ingush Committee of National Unity stated that should the Russian CC supported the border agreement, protests would resume; and the issue of the jurisdiction of the Prigorodny District would be raised.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 6, 2018 at 11:30 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Oleg Krasnov; Source: CK correspondent

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