At a rally against the exchange of land between Ingushetia and Chechnya, security forces fired into the air
Photo: Ilya Barabanov / BBC Russian Service
At a rally of opponents of the exchange of frontier lands between Ingushetia and Chechnya, which takes place at the Ingushetia’s parliament in Magas, the security forces opened fire in the air, reports the BBC Russian service correspondent Lisa Focht.
“At a rally at the Ingushetia’s parliament, security forces opened fire in the air. The deputies were led to the gathering, and a scuffle began. As a result, the delegation was taken away under the numerous shots and cries of the crowd, ”she writes.
According to the telegram channel "Ingushetia_2018", the guard of the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, began to shoot into the air after a scuffle with the protesters. "Ingushetia_2018" also writes that the participants of the action attacked the Prime Minister of the Republic Zyalimkhan Yevloyev, but the guards managed to save him and he was not injured. Official confirmation of this information yet.
During the rally, the deputies of the People’s Assembly of Ingushetia ratified the agreement on a new border between Ingushetia and Chechnya, which was previously signed by the heads of the republics.
“25 deputies were present. “For” - 17. <...> It was adopted by a majority of votes, ”the agency’s source said, adding that three deputies were against, five more abstained.
In late September, an agreement was signed in Magas to fix the administrative border between Ingushetia and Chechnya. The issue of disputed territories between these republics has remained unresolved since the early 1990s. The expected signing of the document was ambiguously perceived in the republics. On the eve of this event, a rally was held in Magas, there were calls on social networks to hold unsanctioned actions, and calls continued after the agreement was signed. On October 2, the Magassky District Court arrested two local residents for 12 days for participating in one of such actions.
The head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, explained that there would be no physical transfer of territories between the republics and promised to conduct additional explanatory work on this matter.The agreement involves the exchange of areas of mountain-wooded non-residential areas of 1890 hectares for the alignment of administrative borders. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, then expressed the hope that the final establishment of an administrative border would strengthen relations between the two regions.