Mass Protests Take Place in Ingushetia

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Several hundred people are rallying in a city of Magas in Russia’s North Caucasus, Ingushetia, protesting a land swap deal with neighboring Chechnya.

The regional parliament on Thursday endorsed the new border deal agreed by Yunus-bek Yevkurov and Ramzan Kadyrov, the heads of Ingushetia and Chechnya, both majority Muslim regions, on Sept. 26.

The deal was meant to end simmering territorial tensions that emerged following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Protesters in Ingushetia said they believed that the deal amounted to a surrender of territory and that the arrangement favoured Chechnya at their region’s expense.

The protest started on Oct. 4, when Ingush authorities decided to vote on a deal.

In Saturday’s protest, activists set up a field kitchen to support the demonstrators. Riot police stood-by to monitor the protest. The number of protesters has decreased since Thursday.

Several protesters were detained during a similar rally on Sept. 26.