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Anti-Ingush installation "Chermen"2012-07-12 15:04
Ingush bloggers called Chermensky checkpoint a "sadistic anti-Ingush installation". No region of Russia is separated from other with such a vigilant control, which is organized at the border between Ingushetia and North Ossetia. Not only mere mortals, but also the ombudsman and the head of Chechnya, as well as president of North Ossetia spoke for the elimination of the checkpoint. But every time after these speeches of senior North Caucasian officials the security forces "suddenly" find explosives in a passing car, and question on the elimination of the checkpoint disappear.
What lies behind Chermensky post on either side: Russia, or two different states? On the map the checkpoint is located on the administrative border between Ingushetia and North Ossetia. But in fact they check as vigilantly as during entry and exit from the country. When troubles at this checkpoint happen with the Ingush, the entire Ingushetia rails at Ossetians, straining interethnic relations. When the Ossetians get arrested - the entire Alanya gets angry. Checkpoint has successfully supported the conflict since 1991.
More often the Ingushs get under suspicion. For the "biased" attitude to one of the nations bloggers call this checkpoint "a sadistic anti-Ingush installation". "To go by car to Russia or vice versa, the residents of Ingushetia have to depart at 5 am and to stand out in a multi-kilometer queue before the checkpoint, and then to go through a humiliating and useless procedure of examination by Ossetian traffic cop", the people complain. There is another way - through Kabardino-Balkaria, but the road there is so damaged that there is a risk not to reach the destination.
Tellingly, not only to ordinary mortals, but also the leadership of the regions desire to get rid of the checkpoint. Chechen ombudsman Nurdi Nukhazhiyev tried to challenge the order of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania on the introduction of the regime of continuous inspection of vehicles and registration of citizens at the checkpoint "Chermen" a year and a half ago. After all, this order violates the rights of citizens to free movement across the administrative borders of the country. "At this checkpoint, the passengers undergo the humiliating procedure of registration. They have to leave the car and forced to stand in line a long time to mark themselves in the guard box. To verify this information, I personally went to the "Chermensky" checkpoint and saw the passengers standing in the line in the rain for registration", the ombudsman wrote, calling it "the privatization of part of the federal highway".
In April this year the head of North Ossetia Teimuraz Mamsurov spoke against the checkpoint, even though the Ossetians worry most of all that Wahhabi extremists may penetrate there. "I strongly advocate for the elimination of this post, because they all can be went round", he said in an interview to the Rusnovosti. "If bandits want to pas, they are always quietly bypass any checkpoint".