Allegations of a Chechen ‘invasion’ of Ingushetia sparked outrage from Ingush social media users last week, after a photo emerged online purporting to show a Chechen official raising a flag in an Ingush village. Work on a remote mountain road in Chechnya near the border with Ingushetia has revived a territorial dispute between the two republics. [Read more…]
Residents of North Ossetia’s capital Vladikavkaz have long sounded the alarm at the environmental condition of their city. Many blame Electrozinc, a metallurgical plant located inside the city. But there is another side of the coin, and for the factory’s 2,000 employees, their very livelihoods depend on the plant. [Read more…]
A foreign citizen was detained at North Ossetia’s Verkhny Lars Checkpoint while attempting to leave for Georgia on 17 October. The woman, who authorities have not named, is accused of recruiting militants to fight in Syria by marrying them. [Read more…]
The head of North Ossetia, Vyacheslav Bitarov, has demanded headteachers be punished after complaints from parents of the widespread practice of collecting money from students.
Police in North Ossetia have decided not to launch a criminal investigation into the the death in March of a young woman who had undergone plastic surgery. They have sent the case to the Prosecutor’s Office to study the legality of this decision.
Russian police have uncovered the alleged embezzlement by officials in North Ossetia of state budget funds from Russia’s Pension Fund.
The pressure exerted on journalists and human rights activists in the North Caucasus is the most severe in Russia, according to experts speaking at the Free Speech conference on 23 May in Moscow. The comments came at the presentation of a report on media freedom by the association of writers, journalists, and bloggers.
Chechen surgeon Khasan Baiyev has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, by well-known Ossetian blogger Bella Tsarakhova. Tsarakhova says that Baiyev is worthy of the award for his many years of work in medicine, in particular, in treating children affected by the Beslan school siege.