September 25, 2019 21:12

  • Suat Abdullaeva, wife of Arsen Abdullaev, September 25, 2019. Photo by Rasul Magomedov for the Caucasian Knot Defence compares arrests of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dagestan with Soviet practice

    The ban on Jehovah's Witnesses* as a religious organization is no basis for persecuting for faith, but law enforcers ignore it, Maxim Pervunin, a lawyer for four Dagestani believers, has stated at a press conference today. He pointed to parallels of persecutions of Jehovah's Witnesses in modern Russia with the Soviet-time practices.

September 25, 2019 19:24

September 25, 2019 19:12

  • Ramzan Kadyrov and Djambulat Umarov. Photo from Ramzan Kadyrov's official VKontakte page,, screenshot from video: Djambulat Umarov's phrase highlights distrust of election of Chechen leader

    In Chechnya, there is no political figure capable to compete with Ramzan Kadyrov at the election of the leader of Chechnya, but statements of common support for Ramzan Kadyrov in Chechnya are not credible. This opinion was voiced by analysts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" when they were commenting on the statement of Djambulat Umarov about the election where Ramzan Kadyrov was actually the only alternative for the position of the Chechen leader.

September 25, 2019 14:29

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September 25, 2019 11:05

September 25, 2019 10:54

  • Afghan Mukhtarly (centre). Photo: REUTERS/Aziz Karimov Afghan Mukhtarly stops hunger strike

    On September 24, Azerbaijani journalist, Afghan Mukhtarly, stopped the hunger strike in jail, held in protest against pressure on his advocate Nemat Kerimli. The reason for terminating it was a sharp deterioration of his health and appeals from civil society figures.

September 25, 2019 08:35

September 25, 2019 08:28

  • Photo: © screenshot from 'Beanpole' trailer, Kantemir Balagov's "Beanpole" nominated for Oscar

    The movie "Beanpole" made by Kantemir Balagov, a filmmaker from the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) has been nominated from Russia for the Oscar Award in the nomination "Best Movie in Foreign Language".

September 25, 2019 08:21

  • Photo: press service of the National Antiterrorist Committee, One of those killed in Chegem buried in Dagestan

    Magomed Kurbanaliev, who was killed on September 18, in a special operation conducted in the city of Chegem, was buried into the cemetery of the village of Kosyakino near Kizlyar. Kurbanaliev grew up in a problem family; and his brother was convicted for links with militants, local authorities have informed.

September 24, 2019 22:06

September 24, 2019 21:52

  • Miners in Tkibuli (Georgia). Photo: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili Tkibuli miners demand to pay wage arrears

    Today, in Tkibuli, 15 miners of the Mindeli mine and the same number of miners of the Dzidziguri mine have refused to leave the mines until the wage arrears are paid, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports with reference to the report of the Georgian "Mtavari" TV Company.

September 24, 2019 21:40

  • Penal colony. Photo: Elena Sineok, Natives of Chechnya and Dagestan complain of abuses in penal colony

    Murad Shuaibov, sentenced on the charge of murdering a Dagestani journalist, reported on the practice of beating of prisoners in a penal colony. Anzor Gubashev, sentenced for the murder of Boris Nemtsov, complained about being abused for professing of Islam. Magomed Magomedov, a former member of the Dagestani parliament, complained about extortion of money in the penitentiary institution where he was serving his sentence.

September 24, 2019 17:47

September 24, 2019 17:36

  • Participants of rally in Magas, March 26, 2019. Photo by Umar Yovloi for the Caucasian Knot Lawyers treat charges against Ingush activists as a precedent

    Investigators explain clashes between Ingush activists and law enforcers in Magas with "political hostility" and used a case-law charge of "organization of violence," advocates note. A new form of persecution of activists can be used in cases on riots in other regions, the lawyers suggest.

September 24, 2019 14:37

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September 24, 2019 11:24

  • High security facility fencing. Photo by Nina Tumanova for the Caucasian Knot Penitentiary Service reacts sceptically to statement about pressure on Kerimli

    The statement about pressure on the advocate, Nemat Kerimli, in the colony, where his client journalist, Afghan Mukhtarly, is kept, caused doubts, the Azerbaijani Penitentiary Service has reported. The Kerimli's arguments were not confirmed preliminarily, the Bar Association has stated. The advocate himself treats the reaction to his appeal as biased.

September 24, 2019 11:11

  • Akhsan Nuruzade. Photo: Akhsan Nuruzade placed into dungeon

    Akhsan Nuruzade, an activist of the "Muslim Unity" movement, was placed into dungeon (punishment cell) after talking to inmates on the Ganja case in the colony. The colony staff is trying to limit contacts of political prisoners, said Ogtai Gyulyalyev, a rights defender.

September 24, 2019 08:42

  • Martin Kochesoko. Screenshot from video posted by habze at YouTube: Kochesoko demands to punish law enforcers who detained him

    Martin Kochesoko, the head of the Circassian public organization "Khabze", has demanded to criminally prosecute the law enforcers who detained him on charges of drug dealing. The activist claims that the drugs were planted on him, while his defence insists on the political background of his case.

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