Wednesday 23 March 2011
March 23, 2011
Russian Ombudsman Slams Extrajudicial Killings In North Caucasus
In the annual report on human rights in Russia, ombudsman Vladimir Lukin condemns the ongoing "extrajudicial killings of members of illegal armed formations in the North Caucasus." Lukin stresses that he does not question the need for harsh measures in the fight against militants, but he reaffirms that the struggle against lawlessness must be waged using only lawful means.
March 20, 2011
Has The FSB Penetrated The Kabardino-Balkaria Insurgency?
The case against Asker Jappuyev is based on a directive he issued in early February after a group calling itself the "Black Hawks" began targeting the homes of insurgents' families. The leader of that group has since been identified as an FSB officer.
March 18, 2011
Ramzan On A Roll
The primary impediment both to Ramzan Kadyrov's aspirations for pan-regional power and to Medvedev's hopes for peace in the North Caucasus is of course the ongoing low-level war of attrition between federal and local police and security forces and the Islamic insurgency.
March 17, 2011
Every insurgency produces its share of legendary leaders; but not all such men are unconditionally respected and loved by their comrades-in-arms. One who met those criteria was the Chechen commander and Islamic scholar Arbi Yovmirzayev (nom de guerre Sheikh Mansur), who died one year ago at 37.
March 15, 2011
'Free Talk', March 10, 2011(Part 3)
In this week's "Free Talk," a joint television project between RFE/RL and Georgia's PIK public broadcaster, host Irina Lagunina of RFE/RL's Russian Service discusses the latest impasse in three-way talks on Nagorno-Karabakh. Joining Lagunina on the program are Ziya Majidli, Murtazali Dugrichilov, and Koba Liklikadze of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani, North C
March 15, 2011
'Free Talk', March 10, 2011(Part 2)
In this week's "Free Talk," a joint television project between RFE/RL and Georgia's PIK public broadcaster, host Irina Lagunina of RFE/RL's Russian Service discusses the enduring popularity of 13th century Persian Muslim poet and Sufi mystic Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. Joining her on the program are Murtazali Dugrichilov, Koba Liklikadze, and Ziya
March 15, 2011
"Free Talk", March 10, 2011(Part 1)
In this week's "Free Talk," a joint television project between RFE/RL and Georgia's PIK public broadcaster, host Irina Lagunina of RFE/RL's Russian Service discusses Russian-Georgian talks on the WTO. Will Moscow listen to Tbilisi's concerns? Joining her on the program are Koba Liklikadze, Murtazali Dugrichilov, and Ziya Majidli of RFE/RL's Georgia
March 08, 2011
Prominent Russian Rights Activist Calls On EU To Change Asylum Policy
The plight of Chechen refugees in the European Union is often a forgotten topic in Brussels. Human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina arrived this week to raise awareness about the fear many Chechens feel while their asylum process is being considered in the EU -- and what sort of reality awaits them should they be forced to return home.
March 07, 2011
Georgian FM: 'I Don't See What Idealism Has To Do With Foreign Policy'
Grigol Vashadze is Georgia's foreign minister and a close ally of President Mikheil Saakashvili. During a recent visit to Prague, RFE/RL correspondent Salome Asatiani asked him about the conflict over Georgia's separatist regions, its troubled relations with Russia, and the country's contribution to the war effort in Afghanistan.