Russia’s Constitutional Court has approved the border agreement between Chechnya and Ingushetia, overruling the decision of Ingushetia’s court which deemed the deal void. The pact had previously sparked protests in the region. On Thursday, the Constitutional Court of Russia ruled the border deal to be legal and not in violation of Russia’s laws. While the court pointed out that land swaps between Russia’s regions should be approved by the Federation Council, it was not needed in the case of the Chechen-Ingush deal, since the two regions have outlined their borders for the very first time. The border issue between Chechnya and Ingushetia dates back to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Back then, the two republics were a united autonomous region. They split in 1991, yet a proper border between them was never actually drawn.

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