What Happened: Russia's Constitutional Court has issued a ruling upholding the legality of a land swap deal that the regions of Chechnya and Ingushetia signed on Sept. 26, The Moscow Times reported Dec. 6.
Why It Matters: The ruling could reignite tensions over the controversial deal between the two regions, which sparked protests throughout Ingushetia for several weeks in late September.
Background: Ingushetia and Chechnya, located in the volatile North Caucasus, have a history of tense relations over territorial disputes, as Chechnya's invasion of Ingushetia in the early 1990s prompted the first Chechen war.
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