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About us

The Internet media portal "Caucasian Knot" was founded in 2001 by the International Society "Memorial". Since 2008, the Limited Liability Company (LLC) "MEMO" has been the owner of the "Caucasian Knot".

The main aims of the "Caucasian Knot" are to:

- ensure free access to truthful and unbiased information about events in the Caucasus region;

- inform the Russian and global community about human rights violations, the situation in armed conflict zones, cases of ethnic or political discrimination and the problems facing refugees;

- provide information to support the promotion of civil initiatives and independent mass media.

The "Caucasian Knot" is notable for its human rights orientation, the encyclopaedic depth of its materials and presentation of different viewpoints. We publish actual data on everyday life in the Caucasus, about events taking place and trends developing in the region. This includes: materials from local mass media, documents and legislative actsreference data regarding the history, ethnic groups as well as religious and cultural traditions of the region, scientific literatureanalytical reviews and comments, data on non-governmental organizationspolitical and public figures and regional mass media.

The "Caucasian Knot" readers can become acquainted with exclusive materials and interviews, prepared by our regional correspondents based in AbkhaziaAdjariaAdygeiaAzerbaijanArmeniaAstrakhan and Volgograd regionGeorgiaDagestanIngushetia,Kabardino-BalkariaKalmykiaKarachaevo-CherkesiaKrasnodar regionNagorny KarabakhRostov regionNorth Ossetia - AlaniaStavropol region,Chechnya and South Ossetia, as well as by employees and activists of the International Society "Memorial".

The portal's materials are structured into 7 main sections and 19 sub-sections; the most dynamic of which is the "News" section, which sees 70 to 100 news items published daily. All sections are equipped with a search engine covering 11 basic topics and 19 regions of Northern and Southern Caucasus. The English language version of the "Caucasian Knot" launched in August 2003. Starting January 2009, the portal introduced new interactive services: the forumauthor's blogs and the video blog of the "Caucasian Knot". A photo album, comprised of photos taken by our regional correspondents from Caucasus, is regularly updated.

Since March 20, 2012, the "Caucasian Knot" has introduced rating system for its registered readers who regularly comment on the publications. By April 2012, more than 12,000 commentators were included in the rating table.

Projects

The "Caucasian Knot" is implementing the following special projects: "Northern Caucasus in Bloggers' Eyes" (in partnership with the BBC Russian Service), "Maps of Peaceful Caucasus" (in cooperation with Yandex), "Weather in 49 cities of the Caucasus" (jointly with the Simulation Laboratory of General Atmosphere Circulation and Climate of the Russian Hydro-Meteorological Centre), and the project assuming taking a series on interviews from the presidents of the republics of Northern Caucasus and countries of Southern Caucasus (in partnership with the Internet edition "Gazeta.Ru"), and provides its readers with the gadgets-applications for easy work with the Dagestani page of the "Caucasian Knot".

Partners

The main partners of the "Caucasian Knot" are: the Institute of Human Rights, the "Panorama" Information and Research Centre, website bbcrussian.com and the Internet portal "Gazeta.Ru". Our work is funded by various charitable foundations. The "Caucasian Knot" has an official Registration Certificate (El No. 77-31048 of January 21, 2008), issued by the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (ROSKOMNADZOR).

Awards

In June 2007, the "Caucasian Knot" was awarded the "Free Press of Eastern Europe" Prize named after Gerd Bucerius, established by the German weekly newspaper "Zeit" and the Norwegian Foundation "Fritt ord" (Free Word) for support of freedom of speech and civil society.

In 2009, the "Caucasian Knot" was awarded the Russian Union of Journalists Prize "For Defending the Interests of the Professional Community" for a series of materials, published in defence of journalists' rights.

On March 13, 2012, in the city of Vlaardingen (the Netherlands), the Editor-in-Chief of the "Caucasian Knot" was awarded the 2011 Medal Geuzenpenning to honour the media portal's activities to overcome informational barriers and disseminate information regarding the situation of human rights in the Caucasus region.

In February 2014 the "Caucasian Knot" was awarded second place in "SMIrotvorets 2013”, a Russia wide competition for the best media coverage of inter-ethnic cooperation between Russian groups and their ethno-cultural development.

Editorial Staff of the "Caucasian Knot":

Gregory Shvedov - Editor-in-Chief
Sergey Zharkov - Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Development
Marina Yefina - Secretary

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