Wednesday 1 April 2009
March 04, 2009
New Claims That Chechen Leader Ordered Murders
A video clip has been posted on the Internet in which a young Chechen man describes how he was tasked by Chechnya's pro-Moscow president, Ramzan Kadyrov, to assassinate a leader of the Chechen exile community in Norway. The clip comes amid a recent spate of killings of Chechen emigres.
March 03, 2009
Is Support For Russia's Ruling Party Declining In North Caucasus?
To no one's surprise, the pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party, which dominates both chambers of the Russian parliament, emerged as the strongest party in local parliamentary elections in nine Russian regions. Results in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachayevo-Cherkessia mirrored the overall trend, with Unified Russia winning an absolute majority in both regions. But in both cases, support for Unified Russia was considerably lower than in the Russian State Duma elections of December 2007.
February 26, 2009
U.S. Assesses Russia, Belarus, Caucasus States In Rights Report
The U.S. State Department has issued its annual report assessing human rights around the world during 2008, and Russia and a number of European and Caucasus countries come in for stiff criticism. The report describes civil liberties as "under siege" in Russia, and says that Belarus continues to have "very poor" rights practices. We summarize the report in a two-part series. Here in Part 2, we look at the assessment of Eastern European and Caucasus states.
February 23, 2009
65th Anniversary Of Chechen-Ingush Deportations Marked
February 23, 2009 is the 65th anniversary of the deportation on orders from Soviet leader Josef Stalin of the entire Chechen and Ingush population of the (subsequently abolished) Checheno-Ingush ASSR -- estimates range from 496,000 to 650,000 people -- to Kazakhstan and Central Asia on suspicion of collaboration with Nazi Germany.
February 20, 2009
Postscript To The Daghestan Tax Inspector Debacle
On February 16, Daghestan's President Mukhu Aliyev convened a press conference with the clear intention of setting the record straight with regard to the failed bid by his political rivals earlier this month to install their own candidate as head of the Daghestan subsidiary of the Federal Tax Service. Aliyev blamed that incident on "a certain group of people" in Daghestan and elsewhere who for whatever reason are not happy with his leadership and have therefore launched a struggle for power.
February 18, 2009
Letting Off Steam
Authorities in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic recently held a roundtable discussion in response to the passage by the republic's parliament in the first reading of a draft law amending legislation passed in 2005 that effectively deprived municipalities of much of the land under their jurisdiction. It evoked a particularly bitter response from the republic's Balkar minority, who live mostly in mountain villages and who were thereby deprived of access to grazing lands for the sheep on which they depend for their livelihood.
February 16, 2009
New Details Emerge Of Ingush Website Owner's Murder
Almost six months after the August 31 death in police custody of Magomed Yevloyev, owner of the independent website ingushetia.org (formerly ingushetiya.ru), an Interior Ministry official has gone public with damning new evidence concerning the circumstances of that killing.