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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

December 01, 2016 18:42

  • 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.

April 17, 2015 20:36

  • Detention of Intigam Aliev (right), Baku, August 8, 2015. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the ‘Caucasian Knot’. Prosecution of human rights defenders and civil society activists in Azerbaijan

    In summer of 2014, Azerbaijan faced a wave of arrests of opposition politicians, journalists, and human rights defenders. In particular, the story of Leyla and Arif Yunus spouses got resonance beyond Azerbaijan. Baku officials declared inadmissibility of interference in the internal affairs of the state; in turn, opposition and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the Amnesty International (AI), the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Human Rights Watch (HRW), protested against the actions of the state security of Azerbaijan.

December 29, 2014 19:15

  • Militants of "Imarat Kavkaz" recognized in Russia and the US as a terrorist organization. Photo: http://rus.azattyq.org/content/dagestan-ubit-glava-imarata-kavkaza/26969288.html Imarat Kavkaz (Caucasus Emirate)

    It is a self-proclaimed separatist Islamic state and territorial formation in Northern Caucasus. It was recognized as a terrorist organization in the United States and Russia. The full name is the "Islamic State Imarat Kavkaz".

November 27, 2014 23:52

  • Militants of "Imarat Kavkaz" recognized as a terrorist organization. Photo: http://www.kuzbassislam.ru/news-60151.html Caucasians in the ranks of IS (ISIL)

    Different sources, including the Russia's FSB, have confirmed the information that militants from Russia are fighting for the Islamic State (IS) (earlier – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL), a self-proclaimed entity in the territory of Syria and Iraq. The material of the "Caucasian Knot" below tells about penetration of natives of the Caucasus into the conflict zone and provides estimates of the number of them.

July 08, 2014 19:51

  • Ruslan Kutaev. Photo: Radio Marsho (RFE/RL), www.radiomarsho.com Kutaev's case: chronology and details

    Ruslan Kutaev (born in 1957, resident of Achkhoi-Martan village, Chechen Republic) is the President of the international public-political movement "Assembly of Caucasian Nations", head of the international committee on North Caucasus problems, member of the Supreme Political Council of the party ‘Alliance of Greens and Social Democrats’. Kutaev has been kept under arrest since February 20, 2014 on charges of illegal drug possession. On June 19, 2014, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" recognized Kutaev to be a political prisoner. On July 7 he was sentenced to four years of imprisonment in general regime colony.

February 12, 2014 20:17

  • View of the city of Sochi. Photo: Sergey Subbotin, http://commons.wikimedia.org/ Sochi Olympics: environmental problems

    The "Caucasian Knot" has compiled a set of most serious environmental problems associated with the Olympic Games in Sochi. The below chronology is based on the materials of the "Caucasian Knot" correspondents for the period from 2006 to 2013.

January 16, 2014 19:15

  • Olympic Rings, Sochi, http://www.sochi2014.com/ Olympic Games in Sochi: Contacts for the Media

    The 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the city of Sochi are more and more often an object of attention of Russian and foreign mass media. Journalists try to get information about what happens in the city not only from official sources, but also from civil society activists. In order to help our Russian and foreign colleagues, the editorial board of the "Caucasian Knot" hereby presents a brief directory with contact data of independent Sochi activists, lawyers, ecologists and politicians, who are ready to communicate with media people. The directory also provides contacts of the city and territorial officials and power bodies.

December 30, 2013 10:44

December 20, 2013 19:10

  • Banner at the rally in support of the arrested activists of "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus" Evgeny Vitishko and Suren Gazaryan. March 17, 2012. Photo by Svetlana Kravchenko for the ‘Caucasian Knot’. Persecutions of civil society activists in Krasnodar and Sochi

    In 2013, in the Krasnodar Territory, a broad range of civil and political activists were persecuted by local authorities. The pretexts were the campaign launched by the authorities to tighten control over non-profit organizations (NPOs) and the growing social tension related to the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. The "Caucasian Knot" has compiled the most notable cases of pressure on activists in Krasnodar and Sochi.

November 13, 2013 09:09

August 31, 2012 18:00

September 22, 2003 22:18

  • Muslim ethic

    This is a set of rules and morals that guide Muslims in their everyday life. Like a lot in the Muslim world, the Muslim ethic is primarily based on the Koran and Sunnah.

September 22, 2003 22:14

  • Muslim holidays

    These are holidays traditionally celebrated by Muslims. The most important of them are common to the entire Muslim world.

September 22, 2003 22:11

  • Muslim rituals

    Muslim rituals reflect Muslim beliefs and serve as a basis for the Islamic cult. The most important of them are common to the entire Muslim world.

September 22, 2003 22:06

  • Russian Council of Muftis

    The organization unites heads of Muslim spiritual boards around the country. This is done for coordination of their activities; a board remains entirely independent when its leader joins the Council.

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Infographics. The statistics of the number of victims in the North Caucasian Federal District regions for the period of 6 years.

Infographics. The statistics of the number of victims in the North Caucasian Federal District regions for the period of 6 years

Over the past six years, from 2010 to early 2016, the number of victims of the armed conflict in the North Caucasus has decreased significantly. A stable tendency for reduction of the number of people killed and injured in the regions of the North Caucasian Federal District is shown in the infographics below, prepared by the "Caucasian Knot" and based on its own data and open sources information. By clicking each figure, you can see distribution of casualties in the center of the circle, divided by categories such as security forces, militants, and civilians.

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Firearm incidents and victims in Northern Caucasus

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