Members of the rap duo Birja Mafia, who were allegedly caught by police carrying the psychoactive drug MDMA, were released on bail on 12 June after thousands marched in support of them. [Read more…]
A number of residents of Chechnya have complained of being forced to attend Russia Day celebrations on 12 June. Mass events are being held in the Chechen capital Grozny, mostly in the city centre on the square in front of the Heart of Chechnya (aka Akhmad Kadyrov) Mosque. [Read more…]
A group of activists in the Daghestani capital Makhachkala have began collecting signatures in an attempt to save the city’s Ak-Gel park. [Read more…]
Murad Amriyev, the mixed martial arts fighter who was arrested in Belarus and brought to Grozny by Chechen police last week, was released from custody on 9 June on condition that he does not leave the republic. After leaving the police station, Amriyev gave a press conference in Grozny on 10 June to ‘clarify the situation’ around his arrest. [Read more…]
Draft constitution amendments will allow only citizens of Georgia to buy agricultural lands. [Read more…]
Georgia’s parliamentary speaker has claimed that a recent initiative to define marriage as a union between a woman and a man ‘will reduce homophobia’. Georgia’s current constitution reads that ‘marriage shall be based upon equality of rights and free will of spouses’, without specifying the gender of the spouses.
Georgian rap duo the Birja Mafia have been detained in Tbilisi and charged for ‘illegally purchasing and holding especially large amounts’ of the recreational psychoactive drug, MDMA. Friends and family of the accused claim that the drugs were planted on them, and that they were arrested for a recent music video they released depicting a police officer as a dog. [Read more…]