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North Caucasus Mufti Endorses Female Genital Mutilation

The mufti of Russia's North Caucasus region of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Ismail Berdiyev, has said the genital mutilation of girls does not contradict Islam and is necessary in order "to limit the unnecessary energy" of future brides. More

Police Raid Fitness Center In Russia's Daghestan

Police in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan have rounded up some 50 patrons of a fitness center in Makhachkala and taken them into custody. More

Security Operation Under Way In Daghestan

Russian authorities have lifted a "countererrorsim regime" they had imposed in a village in the North Caucasus region of Daghestan in the morning. More

Two Police Officers Killed In Russia's Daghestan

Two traffic police officers were killed by unknown attackers in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan on August 12. More

Judge Gunned Down In Russia's Daghestan

A judge has been gunned down in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan. More

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Will Daghestan's 'Watergate' Affect Parliamentary Election Outcome?

A recording recently uploaded to the Internet features speakers tentatively identified as senior Daghestani officials instructing local mayors to bar opposition parties from the ballot in order to guarantee a resounding victory for the ruling United Russia party. More

Three Independent North Caucasus Candidates Barred From Duma Elections

Three prominent political figures from diverging backgrounds who hoped to run as independent candidates from North Caucasus constituencies have been refused registration to participate in the September 18 elections to the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament. More
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Features & Commentary

Video Failed 1991 Coup Changed U.S. Diplomacy Toward U.S.S.R.

A failed coup in August 1991 by hard-liners in the Soviet government is widely seen as contributing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. To mark the 25th anniversary of the so-called August coup, RFE/RL spoke with former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns about Washington's perspective during those heady events.

Desperate Chechen Refugees Crowd Belarus Border Town With Dream Of Reaching EU

In the midst of a frightening crackdown in Russia’s Chechnya, hundreds of Chechens have cut their ties with the republic and headed to the Belarus border town of Brest -- in the slim hopes of getting refugee status in Poland.
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