A group of young men allegedly intending to travel to Syria in order to join the Islamic State were detained in Chechnya yesterday. All the detainees came from Shelkovsky District in northeastern Chechnya.
On 30 January, human rights lawyer Yelena Denisenko was detained at the Gerzelsky checkpoint between Daghestan and Chechnya. Law enforcement officials confiscated the human rights defender’s passport and didn’t return it for about 40 minutes.
Cases of child abuse are on the rise in Chechnya. Children are the victims of unprovoked aggression and violence from adults. Psychologists explain this is a society-wide post-war syndrome.
Chechnya is set to institutionalise the right to wear religious symbols, such as hijabs, crosses, or Jewish caps, in schools. A relevant bill has been put before the Chechen Parliament. The move comes in response to a statement made on 24 January by Russian Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva, calling for a ban on the hijab in schools.
An armed clash took place on the night of 29 January in Shali, Chechnya’s third largest city, between suspected militants and law enforcement officials. The shootout occurred in the city centre, near a police station. According to one version of the story, the militants fired at the building before trying to flee the scene. According to another version, a group of suspicious looking young people was stopped by police.
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has criticised Russian Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva for demanding a ban on the hijab in Russian schools.
Two audio recordings which recently went viral on the internet in Chechnya have caused a major stir in the community. In them, it was claimed that two boys fell seriously ill after receiving obligatory polio vaccinations.
According to Ramzan Kadyrov’s Instagram page, 560 objects of architectural and cultural significance will be placed under state protection in Chechnya, including towers, tombs, temples, and ancient and current places of worship.
A book has been published in Chechnya detailing ancient national traditions and customs, as well as the history of their origin. On Chechen Traditions, by well-known Chechen ethnographer Said-Magomed Hasiev was unveiled in Grozny on 22 January. [Read more…]