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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’.

Daghestani police disperse second pro-Palestine rally in a week

The police have dispersed hundreds of people rallying in support of Palestine in Khasavyurt.

Pro-Palestine protesters ‘issued military summons’ in Daghestan

Several dozen people gathered in Makhachkala despite official warnings against the demonstration.

Chechen denied asylum in Switzerland as authorities deem Chechnya ‘safe’ for his return

Ali Batayev was refused amnesty after the Swiss authorities deemed it ‘safe’ for him to return to Chechnya.

Two police officers arrested in Daghestan over death and ‘torture’ in custody

Two police officers have been arrested in connection with the death of Kurban Dalgatov.

Kadyrov’s daughter sole woman appointed to Chechen women’s rights council 

Chechnya’s newly-established council of women’s rights includes only one woman: Ramzan Kadyrov’s eldest daughter. 

Kadyrov posts video of son beating man accused of burning Quran

Ramzan Kadyrov confirmed that Adam Kadyrov beat Nikita Zhuravel, suspected of burning a Quran.

Daghestani soldiers appeal to republic head to halt landfill construction near Sarykum

The soldiers fighting in Ukraine recorded a video message to Sergei Melikov asking him to stop the construction for environmental reasons.

Allegations surface that doctor ‘disappeared’ after treating Kadyrov

A Russian Telegram channel claims that the Kadyrov family’s personal doctor ‘disappeared’ after the Head of Chechnya began to experience an ongoing illness.

Daghestani journalist sentenced to 17 years for ‘financing terrorism’

A number of human rights and media advocacy groups maintain that Gadzhiyev’s arrest and sentencing was politically motivated. 

Chechen domestic abuse victim ‘abducted and sent to Grozny’

Human rights activists warn that Seda Suleymanova might be murdered in Chechnya.