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Ingushetia land transfer protests indicate growing risks of violent protests and road blockades in Russia’s North Caucasus

09 October 2018


On 4 October 2018, in Magas, Ingushetia, up to 40,000 people reportedly rallied for a protest against the proposed land transfer to the nearby Chechnya republic.

On 26 September, the heads of Chechnya and Ingushetia signed an agreement on the administrative border changes, according to which Ingushetia agreed to transfer 1,260 ha of farm land in Sunzhensky district to Chechnya, allegedly holding some oil reserves; in return it would receive land from Chechnya’s Nadterechny district. On 4 October, Ingushetia’s regional government said that its regional assembly had ratified the agreement, but a number of MPs claimed that the vote was rigged.

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