The long-time chairperson the Georgian Labour Party, Shalva Natelashvili, has been accused of staging a fake interview with a street vendor to highlight the ‘unjust policies’ of the ruling Georgian Dream Party. On 30 August, the party summoned journalists to meet Ucha Gogiberidze, who Natelashvili claimed was a struggling fruit and vegetables seller, however Gogiberidze later turned out to be a party activist. [Read more…]
A dispute between an entrepreneur and greenhouse owner in Daghestan’s Nogay district and residents of the village of Nariman took on an ethnic component after a video allegedly of Chinese workers cooking a dog alive went viral on social media. But some from the district have questioned whether this is the true cause of the conflict.
Ten people have been arrested in Azerbaijan accused of breaching rules on the use of pesticides and fertilisers on cotton plantations. The arrests follow mass poisonings from pesticides and fertilisers in June that may have affected over 300 workers. [Read more…]
Jobs are hard to come by in Abkhazia’s eastern Gali District, according to the ethnic Georgians who predominantly make up the district’s population. They say that nepotism and discrimination, both direct and indirect, have made unemployment rife. Some go to Sukhumi to the city’s highly unsafe construction sites, while others are leaving for greener pastures.
The Chechen authorities have announced they will punish people for ‘spreading rumours’ about the quality of local agricultural produce, Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov announced on Monday. The move came in response to reports on social media that Chinese farmers working in Chechnya were using harmful pesticides.
While official statistics may say otherwise, many see unemployment in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay–Cherkessia as among the worst in Russia. Deindustrialisation, social alienation, and local corruption have all played a part in the region’s stagnation.
Russia has dropped a ‘temporary embargo’ on Abkhazian agricultural goods, just a week after it was announced. The move comes just a week after Georgia’s announced a new initiative to simplify trade with Abkhazians and South Ossetians. [Read more…]
Abkhazian authorities have announced they are introducing ‘temporary restrictions on the import of agricultural products from Georgia into Abkhazia’. They said the ban is a response to outbreaks of the brown marmorated stink bug, an agricultural pest which has devastated crops in the western Caucasus in recent years. Last week, Russia banned agricultural imports from Abkhazia. [Read more…]
Moscow has banned the import of fruits, nuts, and vegetables from Abkhazia, citing the need to prevent the spread of the brown marmorated stink bug, an agricultural pest, to Russia. They later blamed Georgia for spreading the pest, saying it ‘may be a part of biological sabotage’. Georgia has dismissed the claims.