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Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (file photo)

Boston Bomber Sentenced To Death

A U.S. jury has sentenced convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. More

Russian journalist Yelena Milashina (file photo)

Daily Denies Threats Forced Reporter From Chechnya

​The Russian daily Novaya Gazeta has denied reports that one of its journalists fled Chechnya after receiving threats to her life related to her investigative reporting in the North Caucasus republic. More

Russian Reporter Flees Chechnya

Prize-winning journalist Elena Milashina has fled Chechnya amid fears for her safety, after writing that a teenage girl was being forced to marry a police commander much older than her. More

Dzmitry Kavalenka said he had been held against his will and forced to work for nearly two years at a Caucasus farm.

Belarusian Freed From Slave Labor

​Police investigating reports of illegal drug cultivation at a Daghestani farm have freed a Belarusian man who had been kidnapped and ended up toiling there as a slave laborer. More

Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov has survived more than a dozen assassination attempts, one of which, in 1993, left him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.

Makhachkala Ex-Mayor On Trial Again

Security was tight as the imprisoned former mayor of Makhachkala, capital of Russia's restive Daghestan region in the North Caucasus, was led into a courtroom for a new trial on murder and terrorism charges. More

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Latest Blog Posts

What Lies Behind Daghestani Mufti's Sudden Popularity?

For the past several years, the independent Daghestani weekly Chernovik has conducted an annual poll in which readers are encouraged to vote by SMS for whomever from a short list of 10-15 political figures they would like to see as "People's President." This year's surprise winner was Akhmad-hadji Abdulayev, chairman of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Daghestan (DUMD). More

How Much More Money Will Moscow Throw At Daghestan?

The Russian daily Kommersant has reported that the federal Ministry for the North Caucasus is mulling a separate program of financial support for Daghestan under which that republic would receive a total of 170 billion rubles ($3.4 billion) over the 10-year period from now until 2025. Some analysts doubt, however, whether that would be enough to resolve the chronic social and economic problems the region faces. 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.

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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