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Open Caucasus Media brings you news, commentary, multimedia, and investigations from the North and South Caucasus.

What can the Caucasus expect in 2022?

The OC Media team gives their predictions for what lies in store for the Caucasus in 2022.

South Ossetia’s president faces calls for impeachment over ‘territorial concessions’

Months before the end of his first term, opposition lawmakers have vowed to seek to remove President Anatoly Bibilov from power. 

Dozens of relatives of government critics reportedly kidnapped in Chechnya

Since 22 December, the number of relatives of Kadyrov critics to have been abducted may reach up to 50 people.

ECHR finds Russia responsible for killing of five detainees in Chechnya

The deceased were accused by the authorities either of involvement in terrorism or of being homosexuals.

ICJ orders Armenia and Azerbaijan to prevent racial hatred, but declines specific requests

Calling on both countries to prevent discrimination, the court did not order the release of prisoners of war or the handover of landmine maps by Armenia.

Assailants fire at a bus carrying schoolchildren in Ingushetia 

No children were injured during the attack, while the driver was injured in a physical altercation with the assailants.

Daghestan court reaffirms 2-year probation sentence for man who killed ex-wife

Tagir Velagaev had previously worked for Daghestan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to bilateral commission in Sochi summit

According to Vladimir Putin, the commission will be ready before the end of the year.

ECHR rules mother’s rights violated in Chechnya custody dispute

Luiza Tapayeva was denied custody of her children after the death of her husband.

Chechnya proposes Russian ban on reporting ethnicity in criminal cases

The authors of the new law accused  Russian media of promoting negative attitudes towards ethnic groups and inciting violence against them.

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