Thursday, November 28, 2019

Yevkurov Misrepresented Russian Law on Borders to Justify His Agreement with Chechnya’s Kadyrov

Paul Goble

            Staunton, November 25 – Former Ingush head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov a year ago explained that he had to act quickly in reaching an agreement with Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov on the border between the two republics and in pushing through its approval by the republic’s Popular Assembly because federal law required an agreement before the end of 2018.

            That was a lie, Portal 6 commentator Akhmed Buzurtanov says.  In fact, the November 2015 Russian government decree called for reaching agreements on the borders of republics only “between 2020 and 2030.” That is, Moscow did not require this action to begin until after Yevkurov said it had to end (вранье-евкурова-и-российский-закон/).

            Why did Yevkurov do this? In Buzurtanov’s view, the former republic head wanted to reach an agreement and push it through in rapid fashion so that he could remain in control of the Ingush Republic’s budgetary process. But his precipitous behavior sparked the protests that ultimately forced him to resign.

            Although Moscow supported Yevkurov throughout this process, Buzurtanov’s article suggests that under the terms of its own laws, it did not have to. And that suggests the decision to give up 26,000 hectares of Ingush land to Chechnya was something Kadyrov wanted and so Moscow went along even though it really didn’t need to.

            Meanwhile, Bilan Dzugayev, lawyer for detained Ingush activist Zarifa Sautiyeva, says that once again his client was moved without adequate reason and without the defense being informed. This time she has been transferred to Essentuki in Stavropol Kray.  Dzugayev says he will appeal the move on both grounds (

            And the Ingush police reported that they have detained a local man on suspicion of perpetrating the murder in Moscow of Ibragim Eldzharkiyev, head of the regional anti-extremist center, and his brother (

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