Queer rights activists launched a social media campaign on 10 May in support of Georgia’s queer community, in the run up to International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. [Read more…]
Locals gathered to protest against the construction of a power transmission line in Khando Gorge, Pasanauri, north-eastern Georgia on 10 May. Six were arrested for ‘disobeying police’. [Read more…]
This year was the seventh year that 10 May was celebrated in Chechnya as the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow. According to the authorities, one of the most terrible tragedies in modern Chechen history took place on this day — the death of Chechen President Akhmat Kadyrov. Kadyrov, who was the father of current Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov, died on 9 May 2004, and was buried a day later.
Four miners died on 9 May after a lift collapsed in a coal shaft in Tkibuli, in central Georgia. Protests broke out in solidarity in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi following the news, with three activists arrested. [Read more…]
Victory Day on 9 May, which commemorates ‘the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War’ was widely marked across the whole Caucasus region with public gatherings, wreath-laying, and speeches. In most places, the commemorations included the Immortal Regiment, which is a public march with people holding pictures of war veterans. [Read more…]
Around 40 workers reconstructing an 8.5 km section of road between Batumi and Akhaltsikhe went on strike on 3 May, after not receiving any payment for three months of work. They resumed work on Monday after being promised that they will be paid on 17 May, but they warn that the strike will continue if the company does not pay them on the promised day. [Read more…]
A tobacco warehouse exploded on the night of 8 April in Zugdidi, a town in the north west of Georgia, killing one man. [Read more…]
Since the beginning of the year, about 50 residents of Chechnya who were trying to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have been identified and detained, according to a source in Chechnya’s Centre for Countering Extremism at Chechnya’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, quoted by Russian state-run broadcaster Russia Today.
The trial of Chechen writer Rizvan Ibragimov began on 5 May in the Oktyabrsky District Court of Grozny. The court of first instance deemed his writings on the origins of the Chechen people to be ‘extremist’. The latest hearing is being held after the writer’s defence filed an appeal.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has closed down their office in Armenia, marking their departure from the South Caucasus region. This follows the closure of their offices in Azerbaijan and Georgia in past years. The OSCE claim that the decision was made after they failed to reach an agreement amongst member countries to extend their mandate in Armenia. [Read more…]