Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

The move underscores the fact that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov "no longer has a monopoly on the use of force in Chechnya, the ground could give way under his feet," and he could lose power, one analyst says.

Federal Investigators Take Over Probe Into Police Operation In Grozny

Federal Investigative Committee Chairman Aleksandr Bastrykin has intervened in the public dispute between Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and the federal Interior Ministry over the special operation in Grozny in which a Chechen man was shot dead. More

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Ukraine Unspun

New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17

The Russian Investigative Committee says it has a "sincere" witness who claims a Ukrainian jet took down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. But other emerging evidence further supports the widely accepted theory that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile fired from separatist-held territory. More


Abuses Uncovered

Tajik Police Reprimanded For Forcing Muslims To Shave Beards

Two Tajik police officers have been reprimanded for forcing Muslims to shave their beards, and have been warned of harsher consequences if complaints by Muslims continue. More

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