The Circassian national movement in the North Caucasus has for years been under pressure from the authorities. Facing detention, prosecution, or outright violence, Circassian activists, scholars, and young people all feel the pressure, but there is much disagreement as to why they are being targeted.
Senior Chechen military commander Abduzayd Vismuradov, who has been accused of involvement in the abduction, torture, and killing of queer men in Chechnya, visited Germany and the Netherlands in early September. His visit has raised questions over the EU’s visa policy towards people suspected of committing human rights abuses.
A rights group in Kabardino-Balkaria is putting a former Soviet era official, who was executed for crimes he was later acquitted for back on trial. According to recent claims, Betal Kalmykov committed crimes against humanity as leader of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Inhabitants of Kabardino-Balkaria who were subjected to political repressions in 1930s and 1940s believe that Russia is returning to Stalin’s era.