When Leyla decided to foster four sisters from a shelter in the southeastern Russian city of Samara, she rented a flat with four rooms so there was enough space for everyone. The family is living here temporarily, in a normal apartment in a five-storey building in Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala. You can easily tell it’s temporary, as there are huge bags piled up in one of the rooms. Everyone has their own bag. They serve as both wardrobe and nightstand — everything is in them. [Read more…]
Several social workers have been attacked at their offices in in Tbilisi’s Gldani District by members of a family they recently took children from.
Four women and eight children arrived in Grozny on the evening of 1 September from the Iraqi city of Mosul. They were returning from Syria, where they had traveled with their husbands to join the Islamic State. Together with their relatives, OC Media’s special correspondent was waiting for them in the airport.
A group of women from Chechnya appealed on 10 August for Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov to help return their daughters and grandchildren from areas controlled by the Islamic State. They also appealed to the well-known Chechen human rights activist Kheda Saratova with the same request. [Read more…]
Rostov District Military Court has convicted four Ingush men for the systematic sexual abuse of a young boy over a period of several years. The court found all four guilty, sentencing them to prison. [Read more…]
A school in a remote mountainous village in Samtskhe-Javakheti has injected new life into the near-deserted community. Lamara Panjakidze, teacher and mother to the school’s only two pupils, hopes that it will attract back some of the village's erstwhile residents. [Read more…]
Toys on sale in shops and in the streets in Georgia contain substances toxic to children’s health. Many sellers do not know where the toys come from, and the authorities have so far failed to regulate them. [Read more…]
At a session of the Chechen Parliament on 31 March, a bill was approved guaranteeing schoolchildren and students the right to wear the hijab and other religious symbols. MPs voted unanimously for the bill, which will apply throughout Chechnya. [Read more…]
Russia’s orphans have the right to receive housing from the state when they reach adulthood. In practice, waiting lists in some regions of the country are so long that they postpone the satisfaction of having a flat for several years. OC Media investigated how providing housing to orphans works in Daghestan.