Kezenoy-Am Lake on the border of the Vedeno District of the Chechen Republic and the Botlikh District of Dagestan. Photo: Ras.sham https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Кезенойам

26 January 2019, 17:32

Kadyrov orders to draw a map of border with Dagestan

The head of Chechnya has instructed the heads of the five districts bordering on Dagestan to prepare detailed maps of the border areas within two weeks.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on January 22, the speakers of the parliaments of Chechnya and Dagestan agreed to clarify the republics' borders. The authorities explained that this would allow entering the data on the border into the state real estate cadastre. Social network users expressed dissatisfaction with plans to revise the border with Dagestan. Kadyrov has denied rumours that border changes have to do with his "good appetite."

According to the office of the head and the government of Chechnya, the work should be carried out with the assistance of highly qualified specialists and in coordination with the heads of the Chechen regions bordering on Dagestan. The total length of the Chechen-Dagestani border is 475 kilometres.

There are no disagreements in relation to administrative borders of the two regions, the spokesman of the authorities has stressed.

Against the background of the generally passive attitude of residents of Chechnya to the idea of correcting the border, there are those who believe that the republic's leadership is cessing territories to its neighbours.

"Our authorities are just giving Chechen lands to its neighbours; and that's all. They gave two districts and nine dwelling settlements to Ingushetia," said Abubakar, a former employee of one of local ministries.

"Over the past 150 years, Chechnya has lost significant territories. First the tsarist power gave away our lands to neighbours; then the communist power did the same. Now, our leadership has decided to contribute to this process," said Lukman, a historian from Grozny.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 26, 2019 at 12:21 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondent

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