Resident of Daghestan Abdulla Apavov was sentenced to two years in prison by a Daghestani court, for posts he made on social media. The North Caucasian District Military Court found him guilty of publicly promoting terrorism and inciting hatred.
Residents of the village of Andi, in the Botlikh District of Daghestan, had their homes searched and passports checked by law enforcement officers on 7 February.
According to Daptar, women in today’s North Caucasus are surrounded by myths and superstitions that put them in a state of total fear and control. Opportunities for self-realisation are limited and change under the societal notions of honour, dignity, and quality of life. Researchers suggest that the situation will only become worse, as the growing number of divorces in the region suggests insurmountable difficulties in marriage.
The administration of American president Donald Trump has released a list of terrorist attacks, which, in their opinion, were left intentionally unreported by the press. The list includes an armed incident in the Daghestani town of Derbent in 2015.
Makhachkala residents have won a victory over the city authorities’ plans to build a museum in the city’s oldest park.
A resident of Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala, was sentenced to six years in a penal colony for aiding members of an illegal armed formation. The sentence has already come into force.
Daghestanis have continued to clash with the authorities over plans to build a museum in one of the capital, Makhachkala’s, last remaining green spaces. The authorities want to cut down up to 60 trees in Lenin Kosmomol Park. Residents of the city staged a demonstration over the weekend to protest the planned development.
Head of the Information-Analytical Department at the President of Daghestan’s Office, Zubayr Zubayruyev, defended the project in a press conference organised by Daghestani daily Chernovik, which was attended by local MPs. According to Zubayruyev, the project to construct the museum, titled ‘Russia Is My History’, has been approved on a federal level and is controlled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He added that the park wouldn’t be destroyed, and that 600 new trees would be planted in place of the felled ones.
Local representative of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, Madina Ibragimova, responded sceptically to this.
‘Where will you plant 600 trees? Where will you find so much land in Makhachkala? And how long will it take them to grow? The trees here are centuries old. We all remember how the restaurant Kazan-mangal came to be. When the trees were being cut down, it was supposed to be for a children’s centre’, Madina Ibragimova told Chernovik.
Local representatives the Communist Party and the Party of Pensioners for Justice were also strongly opposed to the construction of the museum in the city park, and suggested it should be built elsewhere in Makhachkala where it wasn’t necessary to cut down trees.
Another press conference was held in the editorial office of news agency RIA Daghestan, which was also attended by civil society activists. The atmosphere of the meeting was tense, with people often resorting to shouting.
The authorities argued that the museum was a federal project and if the museum is built on the outskirts of the city, instead of in the centre, no-one will visit it. Activists argued that the museum should be built in a different location, and that the park should be left untouched, given its historic value.
Government representatives and civil society activists clash in the RIA Daghestan press conference.
The Lenin Kosmomol Park was built in the early twentieth century by the German Weiner brothers, who were businessmen from Vienna. They visited Makhachkala (then known as Petrovsk) in order to build a brewery. Before the park was built, the area was a swamp, and so the Weiner brothers planted poplar trees drain it. The park was initially named Weiner Park, but was renamed to Lenin Kosmomol Park during the Soviet Union.
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About 100 residents of the capital of Daghestan, Makhachkala, gathered in the Lenin Kosmomol Park on 29 January for a rally. The civil action was organised to protest against the felling of old trees for the construction of a new museum.
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.