South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov has announced the construction of a checkpoint in the village of Tsnelisi (Uista) after unsuccessful negotiations with the Georgian government to remove their own checkpoint in the area. [Read more…]
The Davit Gareja monastery complex (known as Keshikchidagh in Azerbaijan) is at the centre of a new row following an altercation between Georgian activists and Azerbaijani border guards. Azerbaijan closed access to Udabno Monastery following the incident. [Read more…]
The Russian communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has blocked Ingush news site Fortanga. The move came as one of the site’s journalists and an activist against Ingushetia’s land swap with Chechnya were remanded into two months of pre-trial detention.
The Daghestani parliament has issued an official protest against the ‘unilateral’ demarcation by Chechen authorities of the border between the two Russian republics. [Read more…]
Three leaders and several participants of Ingush protests against the land swap deal with Chechnya were arrested this week.
Along the Armenian–Azerbaijani border, ceasefire violations occur frequently from both sides. In the villages of Gazakh and Tovuz districts of Azerbaijan closest to the frontline, some report the shooting has become less frequent, but the violence can still mean a loss of livelihood or even a loss of life. [Read more…]
Georgian authorities have denied plans outlined on Chechen state TV to construct a second border crossing between Georgia and Russia linking Khevsureti with Chechnya.
Russia’s Constitutional Court has began hearing an appeal from the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, against a decision by the Constitutional Court of Ingushetia outlawing a controversial border deal with Chechnya.