Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ingush Supreme Court Rejects Deputies’ Challenge to Yevkurov Border Law

Paul Goble

            Staunton, August 16 – At a brief hearing today, the collegium of the Ingush Supreme Court rejected an appeal by deputies of the republic’s Popular Assembly against a lower court that had approved the law former republic head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov pushed through in order to bypass the republic constitution and approve his border accord with Chechnya.

            The Ingush jurists announced that they had found neither procedural nor substantive grounds for overturning the Magas district court decision ( and

            The deputies had argued that Yevkurov had falsified the vote in the Assembly to get the bill through and that any decision about changing the borders of the republic must, according to the Ingush constitution, be subject to a popular referendum, something the former republic head did not want to take the risk of holding.

            Meanwhile, Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov, Yevkurov’s successor, continued his efforts to put his stamp on the republic administration, this time appointing his relative, Mikhail Ilezov, as an advisor. Ilezov had worked in various positions in the republic before, most recently as a senior official in the postal service (

            And Ingush opposition blogger, Magomed Mutsolgov, who heads the republic section of the Yabloko Party, issued his most sweeping assessment yet of the new republic head.  “I am certain,” he writes, “that the change of the head of the republic did not change the system of administration.”

            Yevkurov’s people “continue to sit in their chairs; and more than that, I consider that Kalimatov either does not control what is taking place in the republic or is no different from his predecessor who led the republic into the most serious social-political crisis” (

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