Georgian and Azerbaijan are amongst the top four countries in Europe with the highest incarceration rates, according to a new survey of prison statistics in 2015 conducted by the University of Lausanne for the Council of Europe. [Read more…]
A video published online this week depicting a bin on one of the main streets of the Daghestani town of Kizlyar has gone viral. There is an acute problem with rubbish in the republic.
An investigation has been launched against members of Ingushetia’s Centre for Combatting Extremism (CCE). The court heard that seven years ago, members of the CCE abducted a 27-year-old Ingush man and tried to obtain testimony from him through beatings and torture.
Supporters of the former president of the de facto Republic of South Ossetia, Eduard Kokoyty, are protesting demanding the resignation of the incumbent president, Leonid Tibilov, after Kokoyty was refused registration as a presidential candidate. [Read more…]
The Committee on Ecology and Natural Resources of Ingushetia has launched a special project called ‘For a Clean Ingushetia’. As part of the project, the authorities are asking people to covertly record people throwing rubbish in unauthorised places and to publish the recordings online. According to the authorities, this will radically decrease the number of people violating environmental laws.
The Russian government officially disclosed an agreement with the de facto Republic of South Ossetia on 13 March which will lead to some South Ossetian military units becoming the part of the Russian military.
On 13 March, three Azerbaijani citizens were detained in an inspection conducted by Daghestan’s Prosecutor’s Office in the central Daghestani town of Buynaksk. The inspection is a part of the authorities’ continuing crackdown on illegal workers.
The relatives of Apti Edayev, an inhabitant of the Chechen city of Urus-Martan, have been searching for him for five days already. The young man was detained during a mourning ceremony for one of his fellow villagers. According to relatives, Edayev was detained by unknown men who didn’t identify the unit they belonged to.
The first pride parade in the North Caucasus, organised by Russian queer activists, may not go ahead. The authorities of several North Caucasian capitals denied permission to official requests to hold such events on 20 March.
An agent from the Centre for Countering Extremism under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Daghestan has been arrested for accepting a ₽3 million ($50,000) bribe. The suspect allegedly demanded the bribe from a woman who had been assaulted and robbed in exchange for help in identifying her attackers. A criminal case has been brought against him.