Many in Abkhazia have lamented the failure of this year’s tourist season, connecting it directly to rising levels of crime. The usual problems were compounded by high profile attacks on tourists and an explosion at an ammunition depot which left two tourists dead.
Five North Caucasian republics have made it to an official list of the safest regions of the Russian Federation. Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, and Daghestan all made it to the list, which is based on official crime statistics. The data was collected by the Federal State Statistics Service using data from regional ministries of internal affairs for the first quarter of 2017.
Basir Isabekov, head of the Department of Land Management in Daghestan’s Magaramkent District, was arrested on 18 March while receiving a ₽1 million ($17,400) bribe. A criminal case has been launched against him. [Read more…]
The Former Bishop of Borjomi, Serapime Jojua, has been accused of attempting to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. The story has split the Church, but the Patriarchate and government have remained mute. [Read more…]
A security guard at a school in Imereti, western Georgia, has been accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old pupil. Local media outlets report that the guard is a 40-year-old man, and the pupil a girl who had moved to the school one year previously. [Read more…]