For years, Chechnya’s Head Ramzan Kadyrov has demanded personal apologies — which he broadcasts on social media — for any perceived insult. This trend of public humiliation is now beginning to spread to neighbouring republics, first in Ingushetia, and now Daghestan.
Ingushetia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has reported that during the first six months of 2017, ₽177 million ($2.9 million) was stolen from the state budget.
The Russian LGBT Network has released witness testimonies from a number of queer people caught up in the systematic persecution of queer people in Chechnya. According to a report released by the group on 31 July, 64 people were evacuated from Chechnya over the last four months by the group, and 130 residents of the North Caucasus have appealed for help. The persecutions are still ongoing, the group says.
Russia’s anti-extremism centres are notorious for their brutal torture. Here are the stories of its victims in Ingushetia, where for the first time, some of the organisation’s operatives face trial for their crimes.
On 26 June, a rally against labour migrants from Asia was held in Ingushetia. Local police forcibly dispersed the rally, and several people were charged with violating public order.
Searches are continuing in Ingushetia for two local men who disappeared without a trace five days ago. Police and relatives have so far failed to find a trace of the missing men, according to the Ingush Interior Ministry. [Read more…]
A wedding in Ingushetia earlier this month took a nasty turn, after a friend of the groom poured whiskey over the bride, explaining that is was an ancient tradition to play a prank on a newly-wed woman. After the head of Ingushetia became personally involved in the incident, which was captured on camera, the father of the man resigned as head of his village administration.
Salakh Mezhiyev, the head of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Chechnya said on 24 April that there would be no other branches of Islam present in Chechnya, except Sunni Islam. He alleged that the Iranian embassy in Russia distributed missionary literature in order to recruit new followers in its ranks.
Rostov District Military Court has convicted four Ingush men for the systematic sexual abuse of a young boy over a period of several years. The court found all four guilty, sentencing them to prison. [Read more…]