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Tsarnaev Asks For New Trial

Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion on July 6 demanding a new trial, less than two weeks after he was sentenced to death. More

Three Killed In Dagestan Shoot-Out

Russian news agencies reported on July 4 that two members of the so-called Kizilyurt gang were killed, along with a Russian special operations soldier, during a counterterrorism operation in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan. More

A protester wearing a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in a rally in protest against Russian actions in Crimea in St. Petersburg in March 2014.

Video U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State (IS) militants -- as well as the Russian, Iranian, and Azerbaijani governments -- for human rights abuses. More

Caucasus Islamists Vow Allegiance To IS

A message posted online claims that Islamist militants in four regions of Russia's Caucasus have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. More

Novaya Gazeta's Yelena Milashina says she considers the article an open death threat.

Russian Paper Decries Chechnya 'Death Threat'

Investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta has appealed to the Kremlin and Russian police to step in after Chechnya's main government news agency printed what the newspaper described as a "direct death threat" aimed at one of its reporters. More

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Former Insurgent Elected Chechen Parliament Speaker

The Chechen parliament has unanimously elected presidential and government administration head Magomed Daudov , 35, as its new speaker. Daudov, aka Lord, succeeds Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, who died late last month. More

Longtime Chechen Parliament Speaker Dies

Chechen parliament speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, the eminence grise behind Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov, has died at the age of 59 after a long illness. More
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Defiant And Mercurial, Chechnya's Kadyrov Flexes His Muscles

Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov has displayed an increasingly mercurial public persona in recent months amid heightened tensions between him and officials in Moscow.
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