Chechnya is set to institutionalise the right to wear religious symbols, such as hijabs, crosses, or Jewish caps, in schools. A relevant bill has been put before the Chechen Parliament. The move comes in response to a statement made on 24 January by Russian Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva, calling for a ban on the hijab in schools.
An armed clash took place on the night of 29 January in Shali, Chechnya’s third largest city, between suspected militants and law enforcement officials. The shootout occurred in the city centre, near a police station. According to one version of the story, the militants fired at the building before trying to flee the scene. According to another version, a group of suspicious looking young people was stopped by police.
Norwegian hydropower company Clean Energy Invest will invest 8 billion kroner ($960 million) in a hydropower plant project (HPP) in Georgia, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported.
Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, approximately 200 people from Ingushetia have joined the Islamic State. Of these, about 50 have died and 10 have returned to Ingushetia, according to Ingushetia’s acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Yury Muravyev.
Between 2013 and August 2016, Tbilisi City Hall issued 583 permits to cut down 3,552 trees in the city, according to a report from the Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). The findings raise questions about the integrity of the city hall's processes for examining trees and assessing damage. [Read more…]
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has criticised Russian Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva for demanding a ban on the hijab in Russian schools.
The local municipality of Kazbegi, a mountain town in the north of Georgia popular with tourists, plans to dismantle the mosaic from a viewpoint on the road leading to the town from Tbilisi, where tourists often stop. [Read more…]