On 1 June, there was an assassination attempt in Kyiv on Adam Osmayev, the commander of the pro-Ukrainian Chechen battalion named after Dzhokhar Dudayev. Osmayev was wounded and is currently in hospital in serious condition. His attacker was also injured. Ukrainian authorities allege Russian involvement in the attack. [Read more…]
The Prosecutor’s Office of Chechnya has found drawings ‘in support of’ French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo ‘during monitoring of the internet’ and believes that these publications are dangerous. The Prosecutor’s Office has now demanded that all online publications that republish caricatures from the journal be outlawed. [Read more…]
Two generals and one captain of the Russian Interior Ministry’s North Caucasus Regional Command have been charged with taking bribes. One of the men is Leonid Krivonos, former Deputy Commander of the Internal Troops in the North Caucasus, and overall commander in Chechnya. [Read more…]
Officially sanctioned organisations in what was once historical Circassia work almost exclusively to promote Circassian language and culture. Beneath the surface, however, young people espouse more radical ambitions — recognition of the Circassian Genocide, and creation of a united Circassia.
Russia appointed Marat Kulakhmetov as ambassador to South Ossetia on 23 May, replacing Elbrus Kargiyev, who had served in the post since Russia officially recognised South Ossetia’s independence in 2008. [Read more…]
Seven men charged in relation to a plot to blow up a gas pipeline in Georgia were found guilty by Tbilisi City Court on 22 May. [Read more…]
On 17 May, Georgian government officials criticised EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and co-chair of the Geneva Discussions, Herbert Salber, after his recent visit to South Ossetia. Salber had congratulated newly elected president of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, on his electoral victory during the meeting in Tskhinvali (Tskhinval) on 16 May.
News of this April’s mass detentions, arrests, and murders of Chechnya’s gay and bisexual population has spread around the globe. While Chechen and federal authorities categorically deny all reports of this persecution, the mass media is filled with stories of men who managed to flee Chechnya. These events have pushed the Chechen people to contemplate the unstable place of their nation in the world.
Pro-Kremlin Russian biker gang the Night Wolves were refused entry to Georgia on 2 May, after around 50 bikers attempted to enter from Russia. However, at least one has already made it to Tbilisi. [Read more…]