According to the latest decision by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the de facto Republic of Abkhazia, only 603 out of 30,247 inhabitants of Gali (Gal) region will be allowed to vote during the upcoming parliamentary elections, which constitutes 0.5% of the region’s population.
The bodies of militants killed on 19 December, during an attack on Chechen law enforcement officers, have been buried in unmarked graves in Chechnya, their relatives claim. The burial ground is likely located near the prison in the village of Chernokozovo, in the Naursky District of northern Chechnya.
A security guard at a school in Imereti, western Georgia, has been accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old pupil. Local media outlets report that the guard is a 40-year-old man, and the pupil a girl who had moved to the school one year previously. [Read more…]
Cable cars in the west Georgian mining town of Chiatura will finally be refurbished, for the first time since their construction during soviet times. The government of France is supporting the Georgian government to implement the work. [Read more…]
The Defence Minister of the de facto Republic of South Ossetia, Ibragim Gasayev, has announced that South Ossetia’s armed forces will merge with their Russian counterparts, Russian online newspaper Gazeta.ru writes. [Read more…]
Police arrested Georgian national and alleged assassin for the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Temur Makhauri, better known as Zona, in Kiev on 16 January, Ukrainian media reports. Although originally from Chechnya, Makhauri held a Georgian passport and was driving a car with Georgian plates when he was detained.
Two Chechens have been detained in the city of Surgut, in the Khanty-Mansiysk District of central Russia for extorting money from a local businessman of Chechen origin, Zubayr Zaynadiyev. The pair imitated the voice of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov in order to convince Zaynadiyev to hand over money.
Chechnya has become the first region of the Russian Federation to prosecute misprision of a felony, i.e. failing to report an offence to the authorities.
More than 100 trees have been illegally cut down since the beginning of the year, in one district of Makhachkala. The total area of the land cleared of trees is 3 hectares. [Read more…]