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

South Ossetian security official meets with the Taliban 

According to a Taliban spokesperson, they discussed ‘issues related to both countries’ as well as regional security and the situation in Afghanistan.

Construction of Georgia’s Namakhvani hydropower plant cancelled

Turkish construction firm Enka said they had pulled out due to ‘breaches of contract’ by the Georgian Government and force majeure.

99.7% for Kadyrov as United Russia sweeps elections in the North Caucasus

The elections in Russia were marred by irregularities and in the North Caucasus resulted in a landslide victory for United Russia and incumbent authorities.

Videos show families of exiled government critics threatened in Chechnya

According to an OC Media source, Russian police were involved in the making of the videos. 

Georgian citizen arrested for murder of Australian Shanae Brooke

According to the Interior Ministry, DNA ‘unequivocally confirmed the identity of the accused.’

FSB detains four Ingushetia natives for ‘preparation of terror crimes’

Two were reportedly detained for ‘complicity’ in preparing terrorist attacks.

Russia ‘failed to effectively investigate’ Natalya Estemirova killing, ECHR rules

She was abducted on July 15, 2009 in Grozny, and on the evening of that day she was found shot in Ingushetia. 

Moscow court sentences Chechen man who fought police in viral video to five years in prison

Sayd-Mukhammad Dzhumayev featured in a viral video from January, in which he fought off police officers who beat protesters with truncheons.

Georgian Dream withdraws from EU-brokered deal with opposition

Georgian Dream said they would no longer hold early elections if the party won less than 43% in local elections.

Editorial | A state-sanctioned attack on Georgia’s free press

While religious and far-right violence is a cause for concern, the legitimisation of such violence by the Georgian Government is more dangerous still.

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