The most vocal criticisms of successful women in the Russian North Caucasus often come from abroad. It’s time for these ‘keyboard mujahideen’ — refugees from Chechnya, Daghestan, and Ingushetia living in western countries — to realise that following tradition and religion need not preclude an active, empowered role for women in society. [Read more…]
Police and FSB agents in the Russian Republic of Daghestan have detained the administrator of an Instagram page for organising protests against concerts and other cultural events. [Read more…]
Daghestani mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov has led calls for censorship of plays in Daghestan, after a Russian production of the play ‘Hunting for Men’ was shown at a theatre in the capital, Makhachkala. Nurmagomedov was joined in his calls by Daghestan’s muftiate, among others.
The women of Kvankhidatli, a village in the mountains of south-west Daghestan, are known as the people who mine salt. The women recall gathering sand by hand to dissolve the salt since the beginning of the 20th century but say the tradition is now dying out. [Read more…]
Film screenings of a K-pop concert, an anime festival, and a concert by Russian rapper Kreed — all cultural events cancelled in recent months after pressure from those claiming to be defenders of Daghestani culture and religion. But for those wishing to attend such events, the backlash has little to do with traditions and more a ‘desire to feel significant’.
The prosecutor’s office of the Daghestani capital, Makhachkala, is to sue the city’s water company for providing substandard water. On 28 January, the prosecutor's office demanded the company and city authorities provide suburban residents with quality drinking water. [Read more…]
Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus face attempts to ‘cure’ them, beatings, rape, forced marriages, and murder, according to a report interviewing a number of queer women from the region. While some gay men have been able to flee, the report said women were less able to do so as their money, movement, careers, and private lives were controlled by male ‘guardians’.
A court in the Russian Republic of Daghestan has convicted a suspect in the murder of Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the founder of Daghestani newspaper Chernovik, for possession of ammunition and drugs. Magomed Khazamov, the former head of the village of Bogatyryovka, insists the weapons and drugs were planted on him to force him to confess to the murder or to implicate others.
Dialysis patients in the Russian Republic of Daghestan protested on Monday against a decision to transfer them from a private clinic to state medical institutions. [Read more…]
Federal Security Service (FSB) agents in the Russian Republic of Daghestan have arrested the acting mayor of the capital, Makhachkala. Abusupyan Gasanov was detained on Wednesday suspected of costing the state ₽40 million ($600,000) during auctions under a federal roads programme. [Read more…]