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April 05, 2018 18:50

  • Nagorno-Karabakh after the truce: A two-year war

    Two years have passed after the “four-day war”, but shelling and explosions on the demarcation line between Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, and Azerbaijan never cease. Military and civilians are still dying. The “Caucasian Knot” has analyzed more than 500 reports of the Ministries of Defense of all parties to conflict and compiled a calendar of military operations for the second year of the so-called truce in the conflict zone.

March 26, 2018 19:14

  • Zhalaudi Geriev. Photo by Patimat Makhmudova for the 'Caucasian Knot'. Key facts about Geriev's case: from kidnapping to appeal

    On September 5, 2016, Chechen journalist Zhalaudi Geriev, working for the 'Caucasian Knot', was sentenced to three years of imprisonment in a penal colony on charges of drug possession. Prior to his arrest, on April 16, 2016, Geriev was kidnapped by armed men on his way to the airport after he had already bought an airline ticket and registered online. After kidnapping law enforcers confiscated his phones and backpack, which allegedly contained drugs. The armed men then took the journalist to the forest and questioned him, tying his hands and putting a plastic bag over his head.

January 13, 2018 05:07

  • Russia: Authorities Should Free Chechen Human Rights Defender Immediately

    “By all appearances Oyub Titiev’s case is fabricated as a revenge for his human rights work. We demand Russian authorities to drop charges, immediately release Oyub Titiev, and guarantee his safety. Russia’s international partners should keep a close watch on the situation and demand Russian authorities to free Oyub Titiev,” said Joanna Kurosz, Eurasia programme director at Civil Rights Defenders.

January 12, 2018 11:00

  • The Detention of Oyub Titiev of Russian NGO "Memorial"

    We are troubled by the news that the head of the local Chechen branch office of the Russian human rights NGO Memorial, Oyub Titiev, has been arrested. This is the latest in a string of reports of alarming recent human rights violations in Chechnya. We call on Chechen authorities to immediately release Mr. Titiev.

January 10, 2018 22:47

December 26, 2017 19:35

  • Isa Yamadaev, Ramzan Kadyrov, Badrudi Yamadaev, Igor Alborov (from left to right). Collage prepared by the 'Caucasian Knot'. Photo: Ruslan Krivobok http://www.infox.ru, press service of Chechen leadership http://www.chechnya.gov.ru/, http://pro-box.ru/federatsiya/fed.php?sphrase_id=266280, http://compromatwiki.org/, fragment of the painting by M.Zichi 'Blood fued' Blood feud – how they kill now in the Caucasus

    The blood feud is a custom that had formed during the clannish social system as a universal means of defending the honour, dignity and property of the clan. It implies the duty of casualty's relatives to take revenge on the killer or his relatives. In recent months, several reasons have appeared to make sure – in Northern Caucasus, the blood feud is by no means a part of history; it continues acting as an actual social mechanism.

December 06, 2017 12:43

  • Suleiman Kerimov. Photo by user Hlebushek https://ru.wikipedia.org Prisoner of Côte d'Azur: why Suleiman Kerimov being investigated in France

    In France, billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, a senator from Dagestan, detained on November 20 at the Nice airport, was charged with laundering money through real estate transactions. For the investigation period, the French court released Suleiman Kerimov on bail of 5 million euros, banned him from leaving the Alpes-Maritimes Department and obliged him to regularly attend the police.

August 14, 2017 14:04

  • Abkhazia Parliament after battles in September 1993. Photo: Yufereff War in Abkhazia (1992-1993): main facts

    25 years ago, on August 14, 1992, the war in Abkhazia began. The conflict broke out after the Supreme Soviet of the Abkhaz ASSR, having restored the Constitution of Abkhazia of 1925, proclaimed the independence of the republic. The State Soviet of Georgia abolished this decision and deployed the troops of the National Guard of Georgia in Abkhazia.

May 25, 2017 23:27

March 24, 2017 21:00

  • Screenshot from the video with the oath from the account SprinG Proff of the YouTube Video oaths and video repentances of the "Islamic State"* in Kadyrov's Chechnya

    On March 20, 2017, the account "Chechen News" on the YouTube posted a video entitled "Meeting of Military Jamaat of Ichkeria". According to the captions to the video, it shows former fighters of the grouping "Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, who had fought in Syria. In the video, armed people, whose faces are masked, discuss how they will "gather Muhajids."

March 01, 2017 10:58

  • Svetlana Anokhina. Photo from Svetlana Anokhina's personal archive Svetlana Anokhina

    Svetlana Anokhina, a journalist from Dagestan, has published a book "There Was Such A City. Makhachkala". In 2015, she continued her publicist project in other books of the series. Ms Anokhina is widely known as the author of the Daptar.ru portal, which posts resonant stories of Caucasian women.

December 21, 2016 23:19

  • Gerbert Gevorgyan. Screenshot o video posted by user Epress. am https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HetZA5fpvqY Gerbert Gevorgyan

    Gerbert Gevorgyan is a member of Yerevan art group “Counterstrike”, which responds to resonant events in the society, both in Armenia and abroad. In 2015, he actively participated in graffiti actions in support of employees of the “Nairit” Factory, Shant Arutyunyan, the organizer of the “Million Mask March”, and other political activists.

December 21, 2016 23:16

  • Gyunay Ismayilova. Photo: http://www.amerikaninsesi.org/a/gunay_ismayilova/2614206.html Gyunay Ismayilova

    Gyunay Ismayilova is one of the most active members of the Azerbaijani NGO "Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety" (IRFS). In 2015, despite the pressure and persecutions, she organized, on the volunteer basis, monitoring of court trials against human rights defenders and journalists, and published information about human rights violation in Azerbaijan.

December 21, 2016 22:58

  • Elena Zavodskaya. Photo|: http://apsnyteka.org/690-zavodskaiya_e_izbrannye_statji.html Elena Zavodskaya

    Elena Zavodskaya, an Abkhazian journalist, has covered the legal proceedings at courts of the Russian Gulgaz Mamedova, from whom her husband’s relatives had taken away took a child, and of Liana Todua, who died because of doctors’ incompetence.

December 21, 2016 22:54

  • Albert Voskanyan. Photo: http://nashasreda.ru/albert-voskanyan/ Albert Zavenovich Voskanyan

    In 2015, the social activist Albert Voskanyan achieved the resumption of monitoring the penitentiary establishments of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). He defended prisoners’ rights and was engaged in activities of social rehabilitation of former prisoners.

December 21, 2016 22:47

  • Dina Alborova. Photo: http://www.arnews.ru/news/1615055.html Dina Alborova

    Over a long period of time, Dina Alborova, an activist and political analyst, has fought for the rights of non-government organizations (NGOs) of South Ossetia, which were under pressure from the authorities.

December 21, 2016 22:40

  • Gela Nikolaishvili. Photo: Mzia Saganelidze (RFE/RL) Gela Nikolaishvili

    Gela Nikolaishvili was nominated for the “Hero of the Caucasus-2015” contest of the “Caucasian Knot” for achieving particular results in helping people.

December 21, 2016 22:38

  • Tamta Mikeladze. Photo: http://dfwatch.net/did-the-police-action-on-may-26-comply-with-international-standards-98798-3072/tamta-mikeladze-1 Tamta Mikeladze

    In 2015, Tamta Mikeladze, a lawyer from Ajara and an employee of the NGO “Centre for Training and Human Rights Monitoring”; defended the interests of the owner of the children’s Muslim boarding school in Kobuleti, the closure of which was demanded by local residents; also, she acted as advocate of the LGBT activists, detained in Tbilisi on May 17, 2014, on charge of resisting the police.

December 11, 2016 04:32

  • Zaurbiy Chundyshko. Photo: http://tuapsepress.com/full.php?id=680 Zaurbiy Turkubievich Chundyshko

    In 2015, Zaurbiy Chundyshko, a public figure from Adygea, held a solo picket in memory of Judy Maf, an 11-year-old Circassian girl, who lived with her parents in the Adyg village of Marj Alsultan and was killed in Syria on September 26. The aim of the picket was to attract attention to the problem of repatriation of Circassians from Syria, where over 200,000 Circassians live.

December 11, 2016 04:31

  • Igor Stenin. Photo by Elena Grebenyuk for the 'Caucasian Knot'. Igor Anatolievich Stenin

    In 2015, Igor Stenin, a public activist from Astrakhan, openly stated rights violations of Russian residents of the region and organized an action in support of the rights of the Russian population.

Blood feud – how they kill now in the Caucasus

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