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Latest North Caucasus News

Stalin Posters Removed From Public Spaces In Makhachkala

Large posters with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's portrait that were placed in public spaces earlier this week in Daghestan's capital, Makhachkala, have been removed. More

Jailed Former Makhachkala Mayor Faces New Trial

The jailed former mayor of Makhachkala, the capital of Russia's restive Daghestan region, is facing a new trial. More

Lawyer Pleads For Jury To Spare Boston Marathon Bomber’s Life

Defense lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began making their case to spare his life in a Boston court on April 27. More

Russia Says Militant Loyal To IS Killed In Daghestan

Russian authorities say a local Islamist insurgenct leader who pledged allegiance to the militant group Islamic State has been killed in the North Caucasus region of Daghestan. More

Chechnya Probing Stavropol Killing

The Chechen Interior Ministry says it has begun an investigation into "abuse of power" by police from the neighboring Stavropol region that resulted in the death of a Chechen man. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Radicalized In Moscow, Killed In Syria: The Story Of An IS Sniper

The man who claimed to be Abu Zarr's best friend is a Chechen militant who describes how he met the young Ingush in Moscow, radicalized him, and persuaded him to come to Syria and join IS. His eulogy sheds light on how North Caucasus men are recruited by IS, in particular how the recruiters themselves operate, the tactics they use, and how they perceive themselves and their activities. More

Uzbek, Chechen Militant Groups Fight Alongside Islamists In Major Syrian Offensive

An ethnic Uzbek militant group has posted a video showing its members fighting alongside Syrian Sunni Islamist factions in the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib Province. 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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