Ingushetia remains one of Russia’s most troubled and impoverished republics, one rattled by Islamic insurgency, corruption, and a sluggish economy. However, with the president’s indirect use of mixed martial arts to enhance his republic’s image, two brothers have emerged to spearhead the movement for the betterment of Ingush society.
Archives for May 2017
Azerbaijani investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli disappeared near his flat on 29 May in Tbilisi, Georgia. He turned up in custody in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku a day later. He claims that he was abducted by Azerbaijani security forces, with possible Georgian involvement.
A construction worker has died after falling from a construction site at Politkovskaia street in Tbilisi on 30 May. An investigation is ongoing for violations of health and safety rules during at the site. [Read more…]
A hailstorm in Kakheti on 28 May has destroyed the majority of vineyards and other crops in three villages of Sighnaghi Municipality: Jugaani, Tibaani, and Bodbiskhevi. [Read more…]
Two generals and one captain of the Russian Interior Ministry’s North Caucasus Regional Command have been charged with taking bribes. One of the men is Leonid Krivonos, former Deputy Commander of the Internal Troops in the North Caucasus, and overall commander in Chechnya. [Read more…]
Georgia’s Ministry of Justice shortlisted five judges on 28 April to replace Nona Tsotsoria at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Tsotsoria’s term at the court expired in January. Three of these will now be forwarded by the government for the ECHR’s consideration. [Read more…]
The parliament of Ingushetia has passed a law banning the sale of alcoholic beverages during Ramadan, as well as a number of public holidays. The head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, authored the amendments. [Read more…]
The pressure exerted on journalists and human rights activists in the North Caucasus is the most severe in Russia, according to experts speaking at the Free Speech conference on 23 May in Moscow. The comments came at the presentation of a report on media freedom by the association of writers, journalists, and bloggers.