Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Kazbek Kokov as acting head of the the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Putin announced on Wednesday that Yury Kokov had resigned from his position for ‘personal reasons’.
A land swap signed on Wednesday between the Russian republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya has sparked protests in Ingushetia, as details of the agreement have remained secret. The leaders of the two republics hailed the agreement as an end to a long-running land dispute. [Read more…]
The brother of the former head of Daghestan was detained on Wednesday by the Federal Security Service (FSB) on suspicion of involvement in a criminal community issuing fake disability documents. Radzhab Abdulatipov, the brother of Ramazan Abdulatipov, is an MP in the Russian republic’s parliament, the People’s Assembly. [Read more…]
The parents of two teenage shepherds gunned down in the Russian Republic of Daghestan have began a protest in front of the republic’s government building demanding their killings be properly investigated. While the authorities initially claimed the brothers were militants killed in a shootout with police, charges against them were later dropped and a murder investigation opened. [Read more…]
Ingushetia’s Muftiate was absent on Saturday at a conference of Muslim religious authorities from throughout the Russian North Caucasus, OC Media has learnt. While the Muftiates of all other republics attended, Ingushetia was represented by the state religious authorities, who have been in public conflict with the Mufti since 2015.
For several years, young Daghestani men have been disappearing, reported missing by their families only later to be declared ‘destroyed in counterterrorism operations’. Evidence from the families of many of these men as well as local rights groups and experts, suggest they may have been kidnapped by the authorities, and that faking the war on terror is just another face of Daghestan’s raging corruption.
The cancellation of a concert by rapper Egor Kreed in Daghestan over online backlash and threats has led to heated debates in local social media. A spat between Kreed and fellow rapper Timati, and Daghestani MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has put freedom of expression and religion in Daghestan into the spotlight.
The Commission on adaptation of militants coming back from Syria to peaceful life has functioned in Kabardino-Balkaria for over 6 years. Despite its mandate to reintegrate former militants into society, a number of high-profile prosecutions has raised doubts over the authorities’ true commitment to peacefully returning them to civilian life.
The relatives of two high-profile figures in Karachay–Cherkessia who were murdered in 2010 have began a protest in Cherkessk demanding their killers be brought to justice. Protesters said Fral Shebzukhov, an adviser to the then–president of Karachay–Cherkessia, and public figure Aslan Zhukov were gunned down in separate incidents over disputes with Russian senator Rauf Arashukov. [Read more…]
Dozens of people gathered outside the Vere Palace Hotel in Tbilisi on Wednesday to protest the Russian government funded International South Caucasian Media Forum. Several of the forum’s organisers had been prevented from entering the country for ‘violating Georgia’s Law on the Occupied Territories’. [Read more…]