Legislators in Georgia are discussing proposals to a ban smoking in public spaces. The changes would include all kinds of buildings, with the exception of private homes and correctional facilities. If passed, it will prohibit smoking in secondary schools, universities, educational facilities, libraries, all kinds of public transport, stadiums, as well as private businesses.
A group of Ingush residents have made an official complaint about the republic’s former Sufi mufti, Isa Khamkhoyev. In a letter addressed to the federal authorities, they argue that the activities of the ex-mufti aggravate the religious situation, and a failure to address the problem could lead to grave consequences.
The Parliament of Ingushetia has adopted a law prohibiting the glorification of Joseph Stalin in the republic, which includes erecting his monuments or busts, naming streets and institutions after him, and other actions aimed at commemorating the late Soviet leader.
About 2,000 signatures were collected in several hours on 21 February for a petition against the shooting of stray dogs. The mass shooting and poisoning began in Makhachkala after the death of a child, allegedly from dog bites.
Thousands of children in Armenia are needlessly separated from their parents and placed in institutions due to disability or poverty, American rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on 22 February.
Daghestan’s Prosecutor’s Office has approved an indictment against Daghestani man Murad Valiyev. He is accused of organising terrorist attacks and ‘preparing for the violent seizure of power’.
On 21 January, Union Safari unveiled a legislative proposal and research on sexual harassment in public spaces in Georgia.
Eighty-eight percent of eligible voters — 69 540 people — in the de facto Republic of Nagorno Karabakh voted to approve draft constitutional reforms in a referendum on 20 February. Once the results come into force, Karabakh will transition into a presidential system of government, and will change its name to the Republic to Artsakh.