Rights activist gets 4-year sentence in Russia’s Chechnya

Europe 03/18/19, 14:59

A court in Russia's province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely seen as an effort by authorities to stifle a critical voice.The court in the Chechen town of Shali found Oyub Titiyev guilty of drug possession and sent him ...

Top Chechen official claims blood feud against blogger

Europe 03/12/19, 09:38

The influential speaker of Chechnya's parliament has declared a blood feud against a popular exiled blogger in what appears to be another example of intimidation of critics in Chechnya.Magomed Daudov, a close ally of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, on Saturday called blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov "an enemy to me and my ...

Thousands march to honor slain Russian opposition leader

Europe 02/24/19, 10:33

Thousands of people have marched in central Moscow to commemorate Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was killed four years ago.Nemtsov was shot on Feb. 27, 2015 as he walked along a bridge near the Kremlin. The killing was a harsh blow to Russians opposed to President Vladimir Putin, depriving ...

Chechen religious leaders re-open landmark mosque in Syria

World 02/21/19, 10:15

Religious leaders of Russia's republic of Chechnya have inaugurated a re-opened landmark mosque in Syria's Homs, once the symbol of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad.In 2013, Syrian government forces captured the Khalid Ibn al-Walid mosque, which sustained heavy damage in the fighting.Authorities of Russia's mostly Muslim republic undertook the ...

Report: 2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya

Europe 01/14/19, 09:50

The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a new crackdown on gays in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBT activists in Russia charged Monday. The new allegations come after reports in 2017 of more than 100 gay men arrested and subjected to ...

Chechen critic fears for his life as he faces deportation

World 12/19/18, 05:19

A gravelly voice rings out from the phone's loudspeaker: "Aren't you scared of me?"The man on the screen, 32-year-old Chechen video blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, frowns."I'm not scared of people like you," he says, looking into the camera. "But you people are cruel, so I'm always on my guard."He was apparently ...

Russia’s highest court upheld land swap deal in Caucasus

Europe 12/06/18, 06:04

Russia's highest court has upheld a land swap deal in the North Caucasus which caused large-scale protests.Thousands of people rallied for days earlier this year after the leaders of the provinces of Ingushetia and Chechnya signed the agreement to exchange unpopulated plots of agricultural land. The deal and the secretive ...

Court in Russia’s North Caucasus overturns land swap deal

Europe 10/30/18, 12:58

A court in the Russian province of Ingushetia on Tuesday overturned a land swap deal with another North Caucasus region that caused large-scale protests. The Constitutional Court of Ingushetia ruled to invalidate the deal with neighboring Chechnya that was signed last month by their leaders, saying that it can't be implemented ...

Russian province’s leader defends land swap fueling tensions

Europe 10/08/18, 10:38

The regional leader in the Russian province of Ingushetia is defending a land swap that has triggered protests in the volatile North Caucasus region.People attend a protest against the new land swap deal agreed by the heads of the Russian regions of Ingushetia and Chechnya, in Ingushetia's capital Magas, Russia, ...

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