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’.

Russian journalist and lawyer attacked in Chechnya

A lawyer from the Crew Against Torture and a Novaya Gazeta journalist were beaten on their way to Grozny.

German prosecutors demand 11 years for alleged Chechen assassin

Federal prosecutors accuse Valid Dadakaev of planning an ‘insidious murder with base motives’ against the brother of Tumso Abdurakhmanov.

Chechen detainee reportedly granted refugee status in Croatia

Three detainees have reportedly been released, while tens of others remain detained. 

Chechen woman ‘fleeing domestic abuse’ detained at Moscow airport

Selima Ismailova, 20, was allegedly detained by Chechen security forces in Moscow.

Chechen–British man ‘detained and tortured’ in Chechnya

Magomed Abubakarov was detained for his alleged involvement in the 2009 Urus-Martan suicide bombing.

Adjara officials ‘met Kadyrov-linked businessman’ in Batumi

The delegation, consisting of those close to Ramzan Kadyrov, was allegedly met in Georgia by representatives of the authorities.

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.

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