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Latest North Caucasus News

Alleged Co-Organizer Of 2002 Moscow Theater Attack Arrested

A Russian court says a suspected organizer of a deadly 2002 hostage siege at a Moscow theater has been arrested. More

Kadyrov 'Wants To Fight' In Ukraine

The Kremlin-backed head of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, has sparked controversy by saying he is "ready to resign and fight" alongside pro-Russian separatists in their conflict with governent forces in eastern Ukraine. More

Poet Yevtushenko Hospitalized in Russia After Fall

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved a rock-star level of fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalized on December 14 after a fall during a visit to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. More

Russia 'Must Stop Persecuting' Chechnya Activists

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on Russian authorities to take measures to end a campaign of "persecution" against human rights defenders in Chechnya and to offer them protection. More

Igor Kalyapin says his NGO has been targeted.

Chechen Rights Group Office Set Alight

The office of a prominent rights group in Chechnya was set on fire after some of its activists criticized Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for his statements promoting collective punishment. More

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Lawyer Slams 'Flimsy' Case Against Georgian Accused Of Recruiting Chechens To IS

The lawyer for a Georgian national accused of recruiting two Chechen men to fight for the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria has slammed the charges against him as "very flimsy." More

North Caucasus Insurgency Threatens New Attack On Grozny

The Chechen wing of the North Caucasus insurgency that claimed responsibility for the attack on Grozny on December 4 is planning a follow-up attack on the city to mark the New Year. More
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Chechen Exile's Claims Evoke Bloody Trail Traced To Russia

A former Chechen separatist official claims he was abducted and tortured by Russian security agents in France, the latest in series of incidents in recent years of Chechen exiles allegedly being targeted abroad.
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