The former head of Daghestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, may be questioned as a witness in two high-profile criminal cases involving Daghestani officials. Defence lawyers in two cases — a multi-million rouble embezzlement scheme and a kidnapping attempt on the former minister of construction — have said he could be a key figure.
Around 400 residents of the Daghestani town of Izberbash protested in front of the local mayor’s office on Tuesday, demanding their water access be restored. Houses in the town have been without water for the last three weeks.
On Sunday 18 March, Russia held presidential elections. OC Media’s correspondent in Daghestan, Aida Mirmaksumova, was in Makhachkala as a member of the territorial election commission. Vladimir Putin was declared the winner in the elections, with the official results giving 90.73% of votes in Daghestan to him. [Read more…]
The head of the Derbent District administration in Daghestan, Magomed Dzhelilov, has been arrested on suspicion of ‘abuse of power’, and a criminal case has been launched against him.
Detentions of officials in Daghestan are continuing. According to a researcher at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Vadim Mukhanov, the crackdown is aimed at strengthening Moscow’s power in the region and are not indicative of systemic changes.
Akim Kuliyev, who is accused of orchestrating the arson of a local government building in Daghestan, has been transferred to house arrest. He is no longer suffering from physical pressure on him, but, according to his wife, is still being pursued online.
Daghestan’s acting head Vladimir Vasilyev has ‘taken control’ of a controversial case against four men accused of setting fire to a government building. Reports have also emerged that Akim Kuliyev, the main suspect in the case, cut open his own stomach in protest, after pictures of his injuries were widely spread on social media.
Two people were killed and four wounded in a gunfight in the Magaramkent District of Daghestan. The shootout, between members of the same family, involved a number of former and current officials. Six people have been arrested.