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.
Six people are dead and four more injured, after an attack on a church in the Daghestani city of Kizlyar. Five parishioners and the attacker were killed, while the injured included two police officers, who remain in hospital. The attacker was reportedly a member of the Islamic State. [Read more…]
A programme to train public election observers for Russia’s upcoming presidential election has been launched in Makhachkala. Organisers say that 90 people have so far registered to take part, and that the number continues to rise. [Read more…]
On 21 October, a special flight from Syria landed in Grozny with 21 children on board. The passengers included three women and six children from Daghestan. [Read more…]
Shamil Nurmagomedov, the brother of suspected IS militant Marat Nurmagomedov, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for providing material help to a terrorist organisation. A court ordered that their father, Kazim Nurmagomedov, be detained for two months.
A fire at a market in the Daghestani town of Kizilyurt has destroyed 60 stalls, leaving dozens of people without jobs and businesses. The fire broke out on the night of 31 January, and according to official statistics, engulfed an area covering 500 square metres. There were no injuries reported. [Read more…]
A car belonging to Russian rights group Memorial was set on fire in Daghestan on 22 January by unknown people. This was followed by threatening calls and text messages to staff the following day, ordering the group to cease activities or ‘next time we’ll set fire to the office with you inside’.
The Mayor of Makhachkala, Musa Musayev, has been arrested on corruption charges, and is being held in a temporary detention facility. According to the prosecution, he gave away city land to a commercial firm worth ₽80 million ($1.4 million).
A 33-year-old ex–Salafi preacher was shot dead in Daghestan on 6 January. Saygidakhmed Magomedov was killed near his house in the village of Mutsalaul, in Daghestan’s Khasavyurt District.
Russian rights group Memorial has appealed to the Russian government on behalf of 130 families who lost property in a special operation three years ago. The families, from the village of Vremenny in Daghestan’s Untsukul District, have been seeking compensation for houses damaged and destroyed as well as possessions which went missing. [Read more…]