Daghestan’s Samur Forest is now on the list of five oldest forests in Russia under threat. The list was compiled by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). [Read more…]
Basir Isabekov, head of the Department of Land Management in Daghestan’s Magaramkent District, was arrested on 18 March while receiving a ₽1 million ($17,400) bribe. A criminal case has been launched against him. [Read more…]
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.
Police are searching for alleged militants and their accomplices in the Daghestani city Khasavyurt and three villages in the north of the republic. A Counter-Terrorism Operation (CTO) has been declared. The CTO regime was introduced in the morning of 19 March in Khasavyurt, Kizilyurt, and Kazbekovsky districts. [Read more…]
A video published online this week depicting a bin on one of the main streets of the Daghestani town of Kizlyar has gone viral. There is an acute problem with rubbish in the republic.
On 13 March, three Azerbaijani citizens were detained in an inspection conducted by Daghestan’s Prosecutor’s Office in the central Daghestani town of Buynaksk. The inspection is a part of the authorities’ continuing crackdown on illegal workers.
An agent from the Centre for Countering Extremism under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Daghestan has been arrested for accepting a ₽3 million ($50,000) bribe. The suspect allegedly demanded the bribe from a woman who had been assaulted and robbed in exchange for help in identifying her attackers. A criminal case has been brought against him.
There are 165 people in Daghestan who suffer from rare genetic diseases; more than half of them are children. Patients complain of a lack of assistance from the state. [Read more…]
On 6 March, the Sovetsky District Court of Makhachkala dismissed the lawsuit of Magomed Gadzhiyev, a member of the public council at the city’s Tanghim Mosque, against the Sovetsky District’s Department of Internal Affairs (ROVD). Gadzhiyev was trying to find out whether or not he was included on the ‘preventive supervision list’ (profuchot), which imposes restrictions on freedom of movement.
On 5 March, about 50 people staged a protest against construction projects on beach in the Daghestani city of Kaspiysk. The activists doubt the city authorities’ assurances that the beach will be improved.