Lawyer in Ingushetia/Chechnya border case reports threats

Lawyer in Ingushetia/Chechnya border case reports threats
Ramil Akhmetgaliev Photo: Agora

An anonymous person recommended that Ramil Akhmetgaliev recuse himself, mentioning his relatives and place of residence.

The lawyer of Agora International Human Rights Group Ramil Akhmetgaliev has reported anonymous threats, which he received before the meeting of the constitutional court of the Russian Federation on the issue of borders between Ingushetia and Chechnya, where he was to represent the interests of the World Congress of the Ingush People. This is reported by Znak.com.

On the night of November 26, an unknown person sent Akhmetgaliev a message via Telegram, in which he advised the lawyer not to go to the court hearing in St. Petersburg.

“It is cold there. You may fall ill, and your temperature will rise,” an anonymous person wrote. At the same time, he mentioned the relatives and place of residence of the lawyer.

Akhmetgaliev reported on the receipt of threats to the Federal Chamber and the Secretariat of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. It is not decided yet whether he will to turn to law enforcement authorities. The lawyer believes that the threats are related to his activities.

A meeting of the Constitutional Court on the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya will take place on the morning of November 27. Earlier, Head of Ingushetia Yunus-bek Yevkurov turned to the Russian Constitutional Court with a request to verify compliance of the agreement on the border between the republics with the Constitution of the Russian Federation. In addition, Yevkurov asked to verify the law adopted by the People’s Assembly of Ingushetia on October 4, which approved this agreement.

The Constitutional Court of Ingushetia previously recognized the law on new borders between the Republics as unlawful. Yevkurov said that the agreement had entered into force, and the court’s decision would not affect anything.

Heads of Ingushetia and Chechnya Yunus-bek Yevkurov and Ramzan Kadyrov signed an agreement on the exchange of territories between the Republics in late September. October 4, Ingushetia parliament ratified the agreement. Yevkurov signed this law on the same say. Nevertheless, the population of the Republic reacted negatively to the agreement. After the signing of the agreement, mass protests began in Magas, the participants of which declared that Ingushetia transferred more territories to Chechnya than it received.

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