17 August 2019, 13:18

Ingush MPs to go on litigating on Chechen border issue

A group of MPs of the Ingush Parliament will continue appealing at higher judicial instances the vote outcomes on the bill on the border with Chechnya, their advocate has informed.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the signing on September 26, 2018, by Ramzan Kadyrov and Yunus-Bek Evkurov of the agreement on fixing the Chechen-Ingush border triggered mass protests in Ingushetia in the fall of 2018. The voting at the Ingush Parliament (National Assembly) on the ratification of the border agreement was held on October 4, 2018. The authorities of Ingushetia announced that the majority of MPs voted for the agreement, but the MPs themselves refuted this fact. Several of them signed a statement about a voting fraud; and on October 11, 2018, a group of residents of Ingushetia filed an administrative lawsuit, demanding that the Parliament's vote be abolished.

On April 2, 2019, the Magas District Court dismissed the lawsuit lodged by MPs against the Ingush Parliament, and on August 15, the Supreme Court (SC) of Ingushetia rejected the MPs' appeal complaint that the voting results had been falsified.

The claimants intend to further appeal against the ruling of the Magas District Court, Bashir Tochiev, their advocate, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent on August 16. "It will be appealed against ... up to the Russia's SC ... I don't think that this issue can be resolved at the local level; it turned out to be too global for local authorities," he has stated.

Any hope of resolving the Chechen-Ingushetia border issue is currently vain, said Ruslan Mutsolgov, the chairman of the Ingush branch of the "Yabloko" Party.

"Any hopes for a solution to this problem both at the local and federal levels are vain, since the federal authorities did everything to keep this issue in force, in spite of falsifications," he told the "Caucasian Knot".

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 17, 2019 at 07:23 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Oleg Krasnov, Umar Yovloi, Rustam Djalilov; Source: CK correspondents

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