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Latest North Caucasus News

Putin Creates State Agency To Oversee Ethnic Issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed the creation of a federal agency to oversee ethnic issues in the huge, multiracial country. More

Zaur Dadayev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, sits inside a defendants' cage at the Basmanny district court in Moscow on March 8.

Top Nemtsov Suspect Denies Guilt

The chief suspect in Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's killing has denied his guilt, saying he confessed under pressure and was not at the scene of the crime. More

Moscow Court Orders New Detention Hearing In Nemtsov Killing Case

A Russian court has overturned a ruling to keep one of the suspects in opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s killing in pretrial detention. More

Two Sentenced For Journalist's Killing In Daghestan

Two local men in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have been convicted of killing a journalist and sentenced to prison. More

U.S. Adds Caucasus Emirate Leader To Terrorist List

The United States has designated a senior leader of the Islamist insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus as a terrorist, subjecting him to sanctions. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Young Ingush Official Dismissed Following Polygraph Test

In early March, the Republic of Ingushetia leadership proposed that candidates for government posts should voluntarily undergo a lie-detector test as a means of reducing the official corruption for which the region has become a byword. That initiative has already backfired, however. More

Two Men Sentenced For 2009 Murder Of Daghestani Journalist

No fewer than 15 journalists have been murdered in Daghestan since 2000, 12 of them in the past decade alone. This week, for the first time, a court found two men guilty of one of those killings, that of Abdulmalik Akhmedilov in August 2009. More
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Features & Commentary

'Absolute Schizophrenia' Reigns In Kadyrov's Chechnya, Says Filmmaker

Manon Loizeau, a French documentary filmmaker, has produced numerous works on the restive recent history of Chechnya. She speaks to RFE/RL's Russian Service about her latest, "Chechnya: War Without Trace," which looks at life under pro-Kremlin strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
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In Annals Of Russian Crime, North Caucasians Remain Popular Scapegoat

The arrest of five North Caucasus men in the assassination of Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov has stirred suspicions the Kremlin may be attempting to use the restive region as a convenient scapegoat -- another instance where Chechens and other Caucasians take the heat for a high-profile crime.
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Russia's Foreign Legion Of Doubt

If Moscow is looking to its new foreign legion to help restore its Soviet-era military might, it has a bit of a minefield to clear first.
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