Yevkurov resigns due to protests against land swaps with Chechnya

Yevkurov resigns due to protests against land swaps with Chechnya
Yunus-bek Yevkurov

The protracted protests against the exchange of land with Chechnya forced the head of Ingushetia to resign.

Head of Ingushetia Yunus-bek Yevkurov has decided to resign amid ongoing protests in the Republic against the agreement on the border with Chechnya. This is reported by Meduza referring to sources. 

“The problem is not that people take to streets, the problem is that they stay there,” the publication’s source close to the Kremlin administration said. He admitted that Yevkurov's departure may seem “hasty.” 

Another source of the publication, close to the presidential plenipotentiary representative in the North Caucasus Federal District, admitted that even a week ago, Yevkurov’s resignation was out of the question. 

“The rumors got started a few days ago,” the source said. 

At the same time, he noted that Yevkurov's unpopularity was no longer a surprise to anyone – it manifested itself during his reassignment to this position last September. 

“However, there was no open confrontation and hatred. Therefore, he was reassigned,” the source said. 

In turn, Aleksey Venediktov, the editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy radio station, suggested that Yevkurov had to leave because he could not agree on the redistribution of land with the presidential administration. Allegedly, the views of the region head and the Kremlin did not coincide on this issue, Venediktov said without specifying details. 

As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, on September 26, 2018, Yevkurov signed an agreement on a new administrative border with Chechnya; Ingushetia lost about 7% of its territories. After that, mass protests began in Ingushetia. At the end of March, there were clashes with security officials in Magas. Almost three dozen people were arrested in the criminal case of Use of Violence Against a Representative of the Power.

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