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Elizaveta Chukharova

Elizaveta Chukharova is an independent journalist from the North Caucasus, based in Prague. She covers topics connected to human rights, politics, and social and economic issues.

Russia’s chief hitman or chief philanthropist?

Despite the trail of bodies he left in his wake, some believe that South Ossetian gang leader Aslan ‘Jacko’ Gagiyev’s crimes were all for the greater good.

Wagner’s North Caucasian mercenaries fail to wash away their sins with Ukrainian blood

Many in the North Caucasus fear the return of thousands of Wagner mercenaries formerly convicted of robbery, rape, and murder.

Coffins from Ukraine in the North Caucasus

Whether mobilised, voluntary recruits, or deployed from prison, news of fighters from the North Caucasus often comes only once their coffins return home.