The press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov said on 20 April that reports about mass detentions, torture, and killing of Chechen men suspected of being gay couldn’t be confirmed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on Abkhazia to ‘ensure equal rights’ for all Abkhazians. Lavrov made the comments on 18 April during a visit to Abkhazia to open a new Russian Embassy building, six years after his previous visit. [Read more…]
Ingushetia’s parliament has proposed imprisoning kidnappers of brides with three-year prison sentences. The initiative comes from the speaker of parliament, Zelimkhan Yevloyev. [Read more…]
On 16 April, 51.34% of Turkish voters decided to approve proposed amendments to the Turkish constitution, effectively abolishing the office of prime minister and replacing the parliamentary system of government with a presidential one.
A criminal case has been opened in Chechnya against a local woman for child abuse. According to the investigation, the woman from the village of Beno-Yurt in Nadterechny District worked as a nanny and repeatedly beat a one and a half year old child in her care. She told the child’s mother that her daughter had bruises and abrasions on her body because she stumbled and fell.
The local authorities in the Daghestani city of Kaspiysk were fined ₽300,000 ($5,400) on 14 April, for building on the city’s beach.
A resident of Daghestan was sentenced to six years in prison and one year of probation on 13 April, for attempting to join militants in Syria. Absudalam Ramazanov denies his guilt and is planning to appeal the verdict. [Read more…]