April 25, 2018 11:12

  • Lene Vetteland in Republic Square in Yerevan during rally on April 25, 2018. Photo by Grigory Shvedov for the Caucasian Knot. Lene Wetteland: Pashinyan is Armenian Navalny, who succeeded

    Lene Wetteland, an adviser of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, who has been working in Armenia since March 2008, told in her interview to the "Caucasian Knot" why Armenian citizens managed to achieve Serzh Sargsyan's resignation; how Nikol Pashinyan's position is estimated now; and what should be expected from the "Republicans".

June 05, 2017 07:45

  • A silhouette. Photo: Tale of a Dagestani gay: amidst honour killing and recruitment to Syria

    The persecution issue of gays in Northern Caucasus became debatable thanks to investigations by Elena Milashina in the "Novaya Gazeta" newspaper. However, gays are persecuted not only in Chechnya, but throughout Northern Caucasus, where the theme of such repressions had been tabooed for a decade. In some regions, extortions from and blackmailing of gays by law enforcers were a sort of a conveyor process.

April 05, 2016 18:03

  • How to go to Europe and receive an "escapee" status there

    Despite the decrease of the number of terror acts and of the militants' activeness in Chechnya, Chechens do not cease their attempts to go to Europe and claim for the refugee status there. Some of them are trying to receive the refugee status because of persecutions at home, others go there hoping to earn money, and yet others want to obtain a highly qualified medical care for themselves and their relatives. A journalist of the "Caucasian Knot" has covered the whole way, traditionally followed by Chechen refugees, leaving Russia for Europe, aiming to receive refuge ("azul"), thus, undertaking the so-called "azultrip".

March 01, 2016 16:51

  • Flag of "Islamic State" (IS was recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia) . Фото: VostockPhoto Travel to and from the Islamic State

    "History of Ignorant Travel" is a diary that was kept by a person, who had once decided to fight for the "Islamic State" (IS was recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia) and who was personally convinced of falsity and perversity of many of IS' followers. The diary, telling about the author's unfortunate experience of taking part in the erection of Caliphate in Syria (until May 2015), about his custody in jail awaiting execution, about torture, and about a completely unexpected escape, is written in poor Russian; and its publication in the unedited form is impossible. Excerpts from the diary are presented in the below text of the interview. The interview was recorded in a number of phased and took a long time. The "Caucasian Knot" emphasizes that this publication is not aimed at any propaganda or counter-propaganda; its main idea is to present some little-known information about the organization banned in Russia and the evidence of the person, whose vision was undergoing significant changes.

December 07, 2015 13:52

  • Venice Commission session. Photo: press service of the Venice Commission. Venice Commission: Armenia won’t be able to ratify Rome Statute following referendum

    Project of the constitutional reforms that were put to a referendum won’t enable Armenia to ratify the Rome Statute – key document of the International Criminal Court, Venice Commission believes. According to the Venice Commission, basically all its substantive recommendations have been accepted in the project of the constitutional reforms. However, Article 53 has not been changed to enable Armenia to ratify the Rome Statute. Besides, amendments to Article 41 don’t correspond to the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Venice Commission says in response to the questions of the ‘Caucasian Knot’.

February 21, 2015 23:40

  • Mikhail Savva. Photo: Mikhail Savva predicts spread of Krasnodar repressions throughout Russia

    The Krasnodar Professor Mikhail Savva has explained, in his interview to the "Caucasian Knot", the reasons that impelled him to emigrate, and commented on the situation in the Krasnodar Territory in connection with the persecution of non-profit organizations (NPOs). He believes that power agents will continue persecuting him; therefore he has no intention to return to Russia, even in the event of revocation of his verdict or amnesty. Besides, as Professor Savva has stated, Russian NPOs may face a "decorative future."

January 01, 2015 03:41

  • Natalia Zubarevich. Photo: Mikhail Sokolov (RFE/RL) Natalia Zubarevich: If Caucasus faces increase of hostilities, transfers will grow

    In her interview to the "Caucasian Knot", Natalia Zubarevich, Associate Professor of the Higher School of Economics, an economist and geographer, expressed her opinion concerning the consequences of the arising economic crisis for the regions of Northern Caucasus and southern Russia. According to the expert, the period of turbulence will be long and affect not only Russia, but also countries of Southern Caucasus economically related to our country. However, unstable regions that "face hostilities" can count on the economic support of Moscow.

July 08, 2014 23:56

  • Ruslan Kutaev. Photo by Magomed Magomedov for the ‘Caucasian Knot’. Ruslan Kutaev's last plea

    The speech of Ruslan Kutaev at the Urus-Martan City Court of the Chechen Republic, July 4, 2014. Ruslan Kutaev is the President of the international public-political movement "Assembly of Caucasian Nations", head of the international committee on North Caucasus problems. 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.

May 21, 2014 13:30

  • Vladimir Bobrovnikov. Photo from personal archive. Vladimir Bobrovnikov: "Caucasian War was carried on with extreme cruelty of both parties"

    On the eve of the anniversary of the end of the Caucasian War, Vladimir Bobrovnikov, a senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), has answered the questions of the "Caucasian Knot", touching on a number of problematic aspects of the perception of the history of Caucasian Wars, politicization and mythologization of them.

November 19, 2012 12:40

  • Espen Barth Eide. Photo: Universitetet i Tromsø (UiT), Espen Barth Eide: "My best advice to countries of the Caucasus is to progress towards the Western democracy"

    The head of the Norway's Foreign Office has commented – in his exclusive interview to the "Caucasian Knot" (CK) – the outcomes of the October 1, 2012, parliamentary elections in Georgia, presented his vision of the prospects of Norwegian-Georgian cooperation and Georgia's accession to NATO, and highlighted the main directions of Norwegian-Azerbaijani cooperation in developing the fuel-and-energy complex and the international transport corridor, and the state of things with human rights in Azerbaijan. Mr Minister has also touched on the issues, problems and recent achievements in Russian-Norwegian relations, and on the initiative for development of the civil society in Northern Caucasus.

July 15, 2010 16:00

  • Frank Judd: "Situation in Chechnya affects not only locals, but the global community as a whole"

    Russian authorities have managed to isolate the Chechen Republic from western journalists and almost completely block the flow of independent information from the region. However, the commitment to act most cruelly and violently in Chechnya is in fact an evidence of Moscow's weakness; while the best way out is in improvement of social and economic life in Chechnya and launching the negotiation process. This was told in the interview to the "Caucasian Knot" by Lord Frank Judd, participant of the inter-party parliamentary group for defence of human rights of the British Parliament, former PACE's Rapporteur for Chechnya, who paid a visit to the republic as the head of the British parliamentary delegation on February 15-18, 2010.

May 03, 2010 09:00

September 29, 2009 23:00

  • FIDH President Souyer Belassen: "It is impossible to work in Chechnya because it is Russia"

    On 25 September, the president of the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) Souyer Belassen attended the Moscow court sitting that was considering a suit of the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov against the chairman of the Memorial Human Rights Center Oleg Orlov. After the sitting, the human rights activist gave her vision of this legal process and the overall situation with human rights in the Russian Federation.

March 09, 2009 21:00

Relatives of Chechen young men shocked by secret verdict

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