Law enforcers near Bella Shakhmirzova's house. Photo: screenshot of the video posted on Bella Shakhmirzova's page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bella.shakhmirza/videos/10219809696494557/

09 August 2019, 20:13

In Karachay-Cherkessia, organizer of summer school claims pressure from law enforcers

In Karachay-Cherkessia, law enforcers visited Bella Shakhmirzova, an organizer of a creative school for children, and said they were to verify an anonymous message they had got about her. According to Bella Shakhmirzova, she did not let them into her house, since the visitors failed to produce the necessary documents.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Bella Shakhmirzova notes the "Balapanlar" summer school for children is subjected to pressure by officials, who claim "not all the necessary documents for the school's operation were submitted to the administration." Claims from officials to state-independent initiatives are typical of Northern Caucasus and Russia as a whole, believes political analyst Alexei Malashenko.

The project "Balapanlar" ("Children", as translated from the Nogai language) initiated by journalist and translator Bella Shakhmirzova is designed for children from rural areas who do not have access to additional education of high quality. The format of the school, where everything is free for children, while teachers come as they wish and receive no remuneration for their work at the school, turns out to be a new idea not only for the district, but also for the whole of Karachay-Cherkessia.

It should be noted that the project "Balapanlar", in which children studied their native language for free, played folk instruments, and mastered jiu jitsu, won the first place in the Google contest "Far from the Capital" in the nomination "Education and Development". However, according to the organizer, without the support of the authorities, it is hardly possible to increase the number of participants in the project.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 9, 2019 at 10:58 m MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

All news

September 22, 2019 11:39

September 22, 2019 11:34

  • Makhi Idrisov supported by Chechen police boss

    Apti Alaudinov, a deputy head of the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), has posted a group photo with Ramzan Kadyrov and Makhi Idrisov, who is suspected of arms trafficking, stating "temporary problems of his brother." The operative record, in which Idrisov treated himself as a jobless person and the arsenal seized from him as legal, has caused discontent among Instagram users.

September 22, 2019 11:30

  • Azerbaijani law enforcers detain 25 oppositionists

    Policemen have detained the participants of the sitting of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) and accused them of violating the rules for holding meetings and issued warnings to them. The PFPA treats it as law enforcers' pressure on the opposition.

September 22, 2019 11:23

  • Number of veterans of Afghan War hunger-striking in Makhachkala doubled

    On the fifth day of the hunger strike, held in Makhachkala by veterans of the Afghan War, about 20 more protesters have joined the action. The hunger-strikers claim that a thousand veterans were expelled from the housing waiting list under the pretext of losing their documents on participation in the Afghan War.

September 22, 2019 11:12

News archive