Luiza Mchedlishvili

Luiza is an editor with a degree in journalism from Tbilisi State University. Despite being the youngest member of the OC Media team, she has a wealth of experience, including an internship at Caucasian House where she took part in various peacebuilding projects. When she’s not reading about developments in Chechnya (a rare occurrence), she likes to spend time taking care of stray animals and treating herself to some fast food. In her everyday life, Luiza looks like a character from ‘Men in Black’.

Chechen faces extradition to Russia from Armenia

Salman Mukayev is reportedly eligible for political asylum in Europe, but risks being extradited to Russia. 

Activists commemorate Circassian Genocide in Nalchik despite event ban

The authorities in Kabardino-Balkaria had banned the annual Circassian Genocide memorial day march for the second year in a row.

Chechen journalist who was tortured by Russia denied entry to Georgia 

Zhalavdi Geriyev is the latest in a series of journalists critical of Russia to be deported without explanation.

Ingush blogger charged with ‘justifying’ Caucasus Emirate

Adam Aushev is also a member Committee of Ingush Independence, an organisation created in January in Turkey.

Chechens go on hunger strike in Croatia migrant camp

Several dozen Chechens have been detained since November after fleeing Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

Daghestani man sentenced to prison for allegedly sharing pro-Ichkerian content

A native of Daghestan was sentenced to five years in prison for publications about Chechen independence.

Daghestani feminist activist Svetlana Anokhina ‘investigated for discrediting army’

Anokhina is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women, minorities, and queer people in Daghestan, and strongly opposed the invasion of Ukraine.

Chechen blogger claims he ‘staged own death’ to fool Kadyrov

Tumso Abdurakhmanov claims he staged his murder to evade an assassination attempt ordered by Ramzan Kadyrov.

Suspect in attack on Ingush police reportedly detained in Chechnya

The detainee is suspected of taking part in last week’s shootouts with police in Ingushetia. 

North Ossetian troops in Ukraine ‘bullied and beaten’ by commander

Footage of a mobilised soldier from North Ossetia being beaten and verbally abused have spread on social media.

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