April 13, 2021 15:54

  • A Muslim praying. Photo courtesy of Elena Sineok / Ramadan

    Ramadan (Arabic) or Ramazan (Persian and Turkic) is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, the month of fasting (as-saum). Ramadan is the month of spiritual and moral cleaning, as well as of faith and will strengthening. In 2020, Ramadan began at sunset on April 23; the first day of fasting (Uraza) was April 24; and the month will end on May 23.

October 25, 2019 11:09

  • Dubrovka Theatre Centre, Moscow, October 2002. Photo: official website of 'Edinaya Rossiya' (United Russia) Party, Terror act at Dubrovka Theatre Centre (October 23-26, 2002)

    The day of October 23, 2019, marked the 17th anniversary of the seizure of the Dubrovka Theatre Centre. The terror act took place in Moscow, on October 23-26, 2002. A group of armed militants led by Movsar Baraev took 916 hostages. The terrorists demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities in Chechnya and the withdrawal of federal troops from the republic. During rescue operation 130 hostages, including 10 children, were killed, and more than 700 other hostages were injured.

May 16, 2019 13:28

  • 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.

February 22, 2019 19:05

  • Leaflet in memory of 1944 Chechen deportation, Grozny. Photo: RFE/RL How Ramzan Kadyrov turns February 23 into a feast instead of commemoration day

    February 23 marks 75 years since the beginning of the Stalin's deportation of Chechen and Ingush people. However, the memorial day is not officially marked in Chechnya itself. Ruslan Kutaev, the chair of the Assembly of the Peoples of the Caucasus, who publicly spoke in 2014 against the ban on the February mourning events, was sentenced on the falsified charge and sent to prison for almost four years.

January 14, 2019 22:43

  • Jinn expulsion. Screenshot: Radio Liberty, Killed for orientation – the fate of queer women in Chechnya

    The history of kidnappings, torture and murders of gays in Chechnya has touched on not only men, many of whom left Russia or went, well in advance, to study and work in other regions. The fate of a woman of non-traditional sexual orientation is entirely in the hands of her relatives; and they are no less cruel than law enforcers. The "Caucasian Knot" tells about what queer women face in Chechnya.

October 26, 2018 17:57

  • Territorial changes of Chechen and Ingush Republics according to the September agreement (signed 26 Sept. 2018). Map prepared by the Caucasian Knot Unequal Ingush-Chechen land exchange: cartographers' analysis

    At the request of the "Caucasian Knot", a GIS expert, a graduate of the Cartography and Geoinformation Division of the Geography Department of the Moscow State University has analyzed, on the condition of anonymity, the maps of the Chechen Republic and the Republic of Ingushetia in the light of the agreement on the exchange of territories signed on September 26, and made a new map depicting the Ingush-Chechen border.

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.

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, press service of Chechen leadership,,, 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 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."

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: 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: 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), 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, 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, 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.

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