A member of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov’s security staff, Alikhan Muzayev, has died in Chechnya, according to several media outlets citing a local local law enforcement official. It is unclear in which unit of the security staff he served.
American rights group Human Rights Watch has released the 27th edition of its annual World Report, which includes detailed chapters about the state of human rights in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. [Read more…]
A new regional airport opened on 14 January in Racha, north west Georgia, with the first plane setting down there on Saturday. [Read more…]
Human rights group Legal Initiative passed the results of 42 interviews conducted for a study on female genital mutilation in Daghestan to the Prosecutor’s Office.
A new poll reveals that Georgians are most anxious about economic issues and the top issue remains to be jobs, while very few of them believe that their household is now better-off than it was in 2012, when the government changed. The poll also revealed declining numbers of Georgians supporting EU and NATO membership, though the overall number remains high. [Read more…]
On 15 January, inhabitants of the Separatorny district of Makhachkala, the capital of Daghestan, took to the streets to protest against members of the local mosque. According to the protesters, a ‘separate principality’ has been formed in the area since the mosque opened.
Last weekend, a member of the group of Chechen militants which clashed with security forces on 11 January in the republic’s capital, Grozny, was detained. Imran Dasayev, a 29-year-old native of the town of Shali managed to hide in a nearby forest during a battle in the vicinity of the village of Geldagen. The search operation lasted for several days. Dasayev was found in Grozny, near a shopping mall. According to official sources, he resisted arrest, throwing a grenade at the security forces, who managed to take him alive.
Catholics celebrated the Christian holiday of Epiphany in the Village of Eshtia in Ninotsminda Municipality on 6 January. Despite poor weather and frost, locals braved the cold water to complete the ritual. Local resident Armen Simonyan was the first to swim across the river to retrieve the ceremonial cross. He was awarded $300 by local priest Volik Halachyan.