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…]
A recording of a phone conversation between a Chechen dissident blogger and the chair of Chechnya’s parliament, Magomed Daudov, has led to speculation about Daudov’s political ambitions. In the video, which went viral online, Tumso Abdurakhmanov mocks Daudov’s safety guarantees if he were to return.
One police officer was killed and three more injured in Chechnya on Monday in a coordinated knife, bomb, and car attack, according to official reports. Four of the five attackers, one of who was 11 years old, were killed during the attacks, and a fifth wounded.
On 3 August, Yusup Temirkhanov, a Chechen convicted of killing an ex–Russian soldier, died in a Russian prison in Siberia. Tens of thousands of people including the head of Chechnya attended Temirkhanov’s funeral, raising questions over Russia’s position in Chechnya, and how Chechens are treated in Russian prisons.
The Chechen authorities have announced they will punish people for ‘spreading rumours’ about the quality of local agricultural produce, Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov announced on Monday. The move came in response to reports on social media that Chinese farmers working in Chechnya were using harmful pesticides.
Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov has played down suggestions Russian comedian Semyon Slepakov should apologise for a satirical song featuring him about Russia’s ‘failing’ football team. Chechen officials earlier demanded he make a public apology, a tactic frequently used in Chechnya to intimidate critics. [Read more…]
The wife of man detained for ‘consuming alcohol and drugs’ has been forced to apologise to Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov, after she accused police of behaving illegally.
Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov has commented on the video, which shows a man dressed in traditional Buddhist attire being hit in the face by two males, presumably from the North Caucasus. The video has spread in social networks. [Read more…]