A six-year-old murder case has been solved in Chechnya, after a man turned himself in to police, confessing to murdering a female cousin. The court took into account his frank confession and imposed a sentence less than half of the maximum.
Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov is planning to visit Syria, Russian MP and Kadyrov’s cousin Adam Delimkhanov told media on 22 March, during a trip of Russian MPs to Aleppo. Delimkhanov refused to specify when Kadyrov was planning to visit.
Since the beginning of March, a major subbotnik (voluntary unpaid work) has been taking place in Grozny, aimed at cleaning up the city’s streets and roads. Employees of virtually all official institutions participated, with many of them admitting unofficially that the work is compulsory.
The North Caucasus is well known for its Olympic champion wrestlers. However, a move towards the more brutal ‘mixed martial arts’ is leading some to question why such a violent sport is being allowed and even encouraged, whether or not it is compatible with local traditions, and if it is engendering violence.
International Circassian Language Day, which is marked by Circassians in Russia and abroad, was celebrated in the North Caucasian republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia, and Adygea, and in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi on 14 March. [Read more…]
The relatives of Apti Edayev, an inhabitant of the Chechen city of Urus-Martan, have been searching for him for five days already. The young man was detained during a mourning ceremony for one of his fellow villagers. According to relatives, Edayev was detained by unknown men who didn’t identify the unit they belonged to.
After enduring two bloody wars and under the extreme authoritarian rule of Ramzan Kadyrov, many in the Kremlin and beyond believe that Chechnya has been pacified. However, after 300 years of resistance, few in Chechnya doubt that the struggle against Russia will continue.
On 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation — named after the late father of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov — hosted and paid for a wedding service for six couples. The Chechen president spoke against the background of six brides dressed in Islamic wedding dresses, and wished all women of the world a happy Women’s Day.
A memorial to Russian paratroopers killed 17 years ago in a battle with Chechen militants during the Second Chechen War has been erected near the village of Ulus-Kert, in Chechnya. The official opening ceremony was conducted in a solemn atmosphere, with the attendance of the leaders of Chechnya and Pskov Oblast, from where the fallen paratroopers came from.
Chechnya’s gas providers have intensified their efforts to collect debts from people who persistently avoid paying for municipal services. During inspections, new cases of illegal use of gas were found.