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

Novaya Gazeta: Russian police forced abductees to swear allegiance to ISIS before killing them

Novaya Gazeta has found proof of the illegal detention of at least 27 Chechen men who were killed by Russian security forces in January 2017. 

Irakli Gharibashvili named candidate for Georgian PM

Georgian Dream has named former prime minister Irakli Gharibashvili as their candidate for prime minister.

Gakharia resigns as Georgian PM over Melia arrest

Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has resigned as Georgian Prime Minister.

Russian police ‘abduct gay Chechen brothers’ from safehouse in central Russia

Activists suspect the brothers, aged 17 and 20, have already been handed over to Chechen special forces.

Restaurants and public transport to reopen in Georgia ahead of schedule

Public transport, eateries, markets, and schools will reopen in Georgia ahead of schedule in a U-turn for the government.

Garbage piles up in streets of Makhachkala as city charges disposal firm with fraud

The local waste collection firm has not been collecting rubbish since mid-January due to a dispute with the city.

Chechen man hailed as unlikely hero of Russia’s Navalny protests

Footage of a 20-year-old Chechen student fighting off Moscow riot police has been widely shared on social media.

Georgia delays reopening economy

Plans to lift coronavirus restrictions starting from 1 February will, for the most part, be delayed.

Strasbourg court rules Russia has ‘effective control’ over Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that following the 2008 August War, Russia has exercised ‘effective control’ over the two territories.

Elderly ‘domik’ resident freezes to death in Armenia

The 70-year-old woman was living alone in a makeshift ‘domik’ home in the city of Gyumri. 

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