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Police Kill Three Suspected Militants In Russia's Daghestan

Russian authorities say they have killed three militants in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan. More

Retired Police Chief Murdered In Russia's Daghestan Region

Local officials in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan say a retired police chief from the area has been murdered. More

Nemtsov's Daughter Requests Questioning Of Kadyrov

Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of the slain Kremlin opponent Boris Nemtsov, has called on Russian investigators to interrogate the head of the Russian region of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. More

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (right) has played down implied criticism from Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) during the Kremlin leader's annual call-in with the public. In unusually forthright comments, Putin warned Chechnya's leadership that they should make sure their actions don't "damage stability" in the Caucasus region and beyond.

Kadyrov Calls Crosshairs Video 'A Joke'

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has sought to deflect implicit criticism from Russia's president after Vladimir Putin suggested some regional leaders in Russia were "hunt[ing] for enemies of the nation among opposition figures." More

Russian Interior Ministry officers, investigators, and members of special services stand behind barrier tape in a settlement of the Novoselitsky district where a local police station was attacked in the southern Stavropol region on April 11.

Russia Says 3 Stavropol Suicide Bombers

Police in Russia say they have identified three suicide bombers who were killed as they tried to attack a police station in southern Russia. More

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Chechen Whistle-Blower Disappears After Demanding Legal Action Against Kadyrov

Bloggers and human rights activists are expressing concern for the safety of Ramzan Dzhalaldinov, who has disappeared after lodging a formal complaint requesting that legal action be taken against Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. More

Moscow Moves To Alleviate Major Ecological Problem In North Ossetia

For years, activists in Vladikavkaz, capital of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, have demanded the closure of the Elektrotsink metallurgical plant, a major source of environmental pollution. More
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Features & Commentary

Russian Rights Activist Pays Price For Confronting Kadyrov

Human rights activist Igor Kalyapin has campaigned for years against police torture and abuse throughout Russia. But although he has documented dozens of cases in the southern region of Chechnya, he has not been able to bring even one to court. He has, however, attracted the personal enmity of its strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Yashin's Kadyrov Report: '20 Unanswered Questions' For The Chechen Leader

Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin says Ramzan Kadyrov didn't respond to a request for an interview in connection with Yashin's report criticizing the Kremlin-backed Chechen leader. So Yashin concluded his report with the following 20 questions that he would have liked Kadyrov to answer:

Chechen Separatist Leader: Kadyrov Is Here To Stay

The exiled head of the Chechen separatist government says strongman Ramzan Kadyrov is now so powerful that the Kremlin may have difficulty removing him. Akhmed Zakayev accuses the Chechen leader of terrorizing his critics and organizing the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov at the behest of the Russian president.
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