More than 50 municipal cleaners from Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala, gathered on the city’s central square on Tuesday demanding that three months of unpaid wages be paid to them. Officials met with the protesters and promised they would receive their back-pay by 3 August. [Read more…]
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has accepted an invitation to visit Tskhinvali (Tskhinval), South Ossetian president Anatoly Bibilov announced in a Monday press conference. The Georgian government condemned the announcement, calling it a ‘gross violation of international norms’.
On Friday, former employees of Ingushetia’s Centre for Countering Extremism were sentenced by a court in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria. Neither the prosecution nor the defence was satisfied with the verdict, although many activists maintained that sentencing was ‘a huge achievement for human right defenders in the North Caucasus’.
More than 500 people gathered in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, on Saturday to protest Russia’s pension reforms raising the retirement age by 5 years for men and 8 years for women. Similar protests took place simultaneously in Kabardino-Balkaria’s second city, Prokhladny, as well as dozens of cities throughout Russia.
The Constitutional Court of Georgia ruled on Monday that people can no longer face administrative punishments, such as fines, for consuming cannabis. The decision, which is effective immediately, comes eight months after the court abolished criminal sanctions for cannabis use.
The Russian Government has ‘recommended’ that regional leaders in the North Caucasian Federal District ensure repayment of overdue debts for energy supplied by Gazprom and Rosseti and their subsidiaries. [Read more…]
Armenia’s former president Robert Kocharyan was charged on Thursday over the dispersal in 2008 of anti-government protests that left 10 people dead. The Special Investigative Service (SIS) filed a court motion for his pretrial detention immediately after questioning him as a witness. Kocharyan appeared in court on Friday morning. [Read more…]
Authorities dispatched special police forces including riot police to Georgia’s historic region of Svaneti on Thursday after a group of local people protested a visit by the financial police to the villages of Khaishi and Chuberi. According to TV Imedi, residents refused to let the police search their properties and threw rocks and sticks at them. The authorities said no one was detained or hurt. [Read more…]
The Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria has denied compensation for ‘psychological damages’ to emergency workers from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster because they ‘filed their application too late’. In 2017, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a group of ‘Chernobyl Liquidators’ — civilian and military personnel who worked to contain the effects of the 1986 disaster — were entitled to compensation previously withheld from them. [Read more…]
Street children in Georgia lack access to education and healthcare, a new study by UNICEF has found. According to the study, there are places in Georgia known for criminal activities that involve children, but untouched by authorities.