A small group of people gathered in the central square of Makhachkala, the capital of Daghestan, on 20 July protesting their pending eviction from their houses. The buildings are due to be demolished as part of a federal resettlement programme for people living in dangerous or unstable housing, but the occupants insist their current housing is safe and that they do not want to move. Some have accused the authorities of using the programme as a ‘land grab’ to acquire valuable land in the city centre. [Read more…]
A resident of Daghestan has accused the authorities of pressuring him to confess to being an ‘extremist’ over a video he shared on social network VKontakte five years ago. The man, who asked not to be named, told OC Media he is being accused of inciting ethnic hatred over the post.
The authorities in Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala, are to begin demolishing illegally constructed apartment buildings in the city, according to acting mayor Abusupyan Gasanov. At a meeting on 9 July, the mayor said a special commission would be set up to determine which of the buildings are dangerous.
The Daghestani security services have detained the acting Deputy Chair of the Government, Ramazan Aliyev, and former Minister of Health Tanka Ibragimov on fraud charges. Both were close political allies of the former head of Daghestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov.
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.
‘A woman should know her place. A woman should show love to us all. A woman is property, and she belongs to a man. If a woman walks around naked, or if she does not behave properly, she answers to her husband, her father, and her brother. According to our customs, if a woman goes out too freely, her relatives will kill her… That’s how it happens. A brother kills his sister, a husband kills his wife… But as President, I cannot allow them to be killed. So, women shouldn’t wear shorts.’ [Read more…]
Nine alleged militants were killed in a major counter-terrorism operation in the southern Daghestani city of Derbent on Saturday. One more was killed on the same day in Stavropol Krai. [Read more…]