Since 2017, the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organisation has been banned in Russia — branded and ‘extremist sect’. With arrests and prosecutions taking place throughout the country since, the authorities have now turned their eyes to Daghestan, and after raids throughout the republic, four members are now on trial. [Read more…]
Illegal high-rises have mushroomed in Makhachkala, the capital of Daghestan— the fruit of a corrupt process two decades in the making. [Read more…]
According to the All-Russian Society of Orphan Diseases, Daghestan is the number one region in Russia in terms of the number of rare diseases. Despite the law guaranteeing such patients free treatment, Daghestani patients complain that there is a lack of systematic medical care. [Read more…]
Film screenings of a K-pop concert, an anime festival, and a concert by Russian rapper Kreed — all cultural events cancelled in recent months after pressure from those claiming to be defenders of Daghestani culture and religion. But for those wishing to attend such events, the backlash has little to do with traditions and more a ‘desire to feel significant’.
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.