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May 19, 2019 13:35

May 19, 2019 13:32

  • A session of the Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia on May 17, 2019, which has decided to close New Athos Monastery for tourists. Photo from the website of the Metropolis New Athos is closed for tourists due to church conflict in Abkhazia

    The heads of the of New Athos (also known as Novy Afon) Monastery have accused an opponent church grouping of an attempt to seize the monastery and called on the authorities of Abkhazia to prevent believers' clashes. The decision to close one of the most popular tourist sites will seriously harm the industry, Anna Kalyagina, the head of the Abkhaz Tourism Union, has stated.

May 18, 2019 13:42

May 18, 2019 13:35

  • Fuad Gakhramanly. Photo: screenshot of the video Baku police warns oppositionist Fuad Gakhramanly

    On May 16, Fuad Gakhramanly, Deputy Chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), was summoned to the Baku police, where he received a warning concerning his posts in social networks. Mr Gakhramanly treats the police's actions as illegitimate.

May 18, 2019 13:15

May 18, 2019 12:40

  • Adam Shakhidov. Screenshot of the video posted on the channel "Glavnie Novosti" ("Main News") YouTube users ridicule Kadyrov's adviser

    Adam Shakhidov, a Chechen theologian, has equated the motto of Kadyrov's retinue, "Akhmat is power!", to the foundations of the Koran and the Sunnah, treating the chanting of this slogan as a duty of the residents of Chechnya. Social network users and local residents have criticized Shakhidov's statement. References to religion are often used as tools of political propaganda, and interpretations of sacral texts are adapted to the conjuncture, Islamic scholars have pointed out.

May 18, 2019 11:29

  • A miner in Georgia. Photo: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili Fifteen miners go on hunger strike in Georgia

    Part of the striking workers of the mining-and-refining combine, dissatisfied with the talks with the leadership, have gone on a hunger strike at the Mayoralty building of the city of Chiatura in Georgia.

May 18, 2019 10:46

  • Film by KBR director screened at Cannes Film Festival

    The film "Dylda" (Lanky Fellow) by Kantemir Balagov, a filmmaker from the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) was met with a storm of applause at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is nominated for the Queer Palm Award – for films on the LGBT topic. Mr Balagov now plans to film a story about the today's residents of the Caucasus.

May 18, 2019 08:50

  • A protest action against the monument to Heydar Aliev in Bucharest. Berlin, May 10, 2019. Photo: screenshot of the video by Mühacir TV Political emigrants tell about pressure on their relatives in Azerbaijan

    This May, law enforcers threatened with arrest and dismissal from work to relatives of the Azerbaijani activists who had left for Europe, the organization "Chose Democratic Azerbaijan" (CDA) has stated. Over a month, relatives of at least 50 political emigrants were summoned to the police, said Ogtai Gyulyalev, the head of the Centre for the Protection of Political Prisoners.

May 18, 2019 08:48

May 17, 2019 22:57

  • A participant of the gay parade hidden beneath the flag of LGBT. Photo Reuters/S. Ravikumar Georgian LGBT activists give up actions on Day Against Homophobia

    Actions in Georgia on the International Day Against Homophobia are risky due to possible conflicts with opponents of LGBT people, activists of the Movement for Equality have explained. In its turn, the Georgian Patriarchy announced a procession dedicated to the Day of Family Holiness.

May 17, 2019 22:55

May 17, 2019 22:52

  • Screenshot of a video published on the Instagram of the "Grozny" State TV and Radio Company (ChGTRK) on May 16, 2019 Russian authorities threaten retaliating USA for sanctions against Chechen special unit

    The sanctions against the "Terek" special squadron and Chechen law enforcers reflect an intention to complicate cooperation in countering terrorism or fear of detachment's operations in the Arctic, the Russian Embassy to the United States has stated. Ramzan Kadyrov and his entourage have perceived the law enforcers' inclusion into the sanctions list with irony, residents of Chechnya say.

May 17, 2019 18:17

  • Representatives of the human rights organization "Amnesty International" enter the administration of the Russian President. Photo by Oleg Krasnov for the "Caucasian Knot" Signatures in defence of Chechen gays handed over to President Putin's administration

    Representatives of the human rights organization "Amnesty International" (AI) have delivered a petition signed by Western Europeans to the administration of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, demanding to investigate crimes against members of the LGBT community in Chechnya. The signatures collected in the UK have been handed over to the Russian Embassy in London.

May 17, 2019 10:17

May 17, 2019 10:09

  • Zugdidi. Photo: Lika2672, TIG demands inquiry into election violations in Georgian Zugdidi

    Georgian authorities should promptly investigate reports about the incidents during the election campaign in the city of Zugdidi, the "Transparency International Georgia" (TIG) has stated. The opposition believes that the so-called "thieves in law" are trying to influence the election outcomes in favour of the candidate from the ruling "Georgian Dream" Party. The latter has rejected the accusations, stating that opponents are trying to give a negative colour to the election of the Mayor of Zugdidi.

May 17, 2019 08:35

  • A court session in the case of Robert Kocharyan. May 19, 2019. Photo by Tigran Petrosyan for the "Caucasian Knot" NKR presidents pledge for Robert Kocharyan

    Bako Saakyan, the head of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), and his predecessor, Arkady Gukasyan, have guaranteed to the court that the second President of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, will not hide if released from custody. Mr Kocharyan has denied the use of Karabakh soldiers to disperse demonstrators in 2008.

May 17, 2019 08:33

  • Georgian miners. Photo: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili Miners go on strike in Georgia

    Georgian miners have come out to a protest action in the city of Chiatura, demanding an increase in wages and improved working conditions. They also called on the country's authorities to publish the results of the examination of the mines in Tkibuli, where miners died.

May 17, 2019 08:31

May 17, 2019 08:28

  • Ramzan Kadyrov (on the right) and Tumso Abdurakhmanov. Collage by the "Caucasian Knot". Photo: AAMTSN  Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS Chechen authorities start dialogue with residents amid Abdurakhmanov's criticism

    Through the programmes "Special Talk" and "Social Advocate", the authorities respond to communal problems in Chechnya, local residents said. The programmes with the participation of officials are intended to show authorities' democracy against the background of the criticism exhibited by the popular blogger, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, members of the Assembly of Caucasian Nations believe.

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