Tag: Chechens

Opposition Activist Yashin to Release Report on Kadyrov’s 30,000-Strong ‘Personal Army’

February 22, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: An opposition report based on both open sources and the testimony of sources who fear revealing their names details the alarming growth of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s “personal army” to 30,000 men and the atmosphere of intimidation that reigns in the republic. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely […]

Ethnic Intermarriage Declining in Non-Russian Republics of Russian Federation

June 6, 2015

Staunton, June 6 – Approximately one in four marriages in the Russian Federation involves people of different nationalities, but the number of ethnically mixed marriages varies widely among the country’s ethnic communities and between those living in their ethnic homelands and those living elsewhere. That pattern is not surprising given that the number of ethnically […]

Russia Update: Police Kill Suspected Militant in Dagestan Claimed to Have Sworn Allegiance to ISIS

April 1, 2015

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Russian law-enforcers have killed a suspected Islamist militant in Dagestan who was said to have sworn allegiance to ISIS. UPDATES BELOW Special features: – Alexey Navalny […]

‘Kadyrov is Becoming the Beria of Today,’ Kashin Says

March 11, 2015

Staunton, March 11 — Ramzan Kadyrov has said he is prepared to give his life for Vladimir Putin, but the larger and more immediate question now, Oleg Kashin argues, is ‘where is the guarantee that Kadyrov’s men will not kill” the Russian president or others in his entourage so that the ambitious Chechen leader can […]

Murderers Of Opposition Figures In Russia Rarely Caught, Those Behind Them Almost Never

Staunton, March 9 – In the increasingly Orwellian world that is Vladimir Putin’s Russia, one in which the lie is the truth, it is important to remember that “with rare exceptions,” the murders of those the authorities don’t like are “not solved. Sometimes, those who carried the out are found, but those who ordered them […]

Russia Update: 5 Chechen Suspects Brought to Court in Murder of Boris Nemtsov

March 8, 2015

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. Two suspects in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov were arraigned in Basmanny Court today and ordered into pre-trial prison until April 28, and three […]

Kadyrov Says Chechens Ready to Perform Special Tasks for Putin that Other Security Agencies Can’t

December 29, 2014

Staunton, December 29 – Speaking to a meeting of 20,000 Chechen volunteers in Grozny yesterday, republic head Ramzan Kadyrov said that he and they are ready to perform tasks for Vladimir Putin “which can be solved only by volunteers” and not by “the regular army, air force, navy or nuclear forces.” “Putin has helped [the […]

Dagestani Languages at Risk of Becoming ‘Illegal’

October 29, 2014

Staunton, October 29 – Officials in Dagestan, the most linguistically diverse republic in the Russian Federation, are preparing a new language law that calls for official support of 28 languages and effectively makes the others “illegal” by depriving them of any chance for support and in some cases for survival, according to Kavkazskaya Politika. While […]

Russians Were Also Repressed and Should Be Compensated, Kalmykia Head Says

October 16, 2014

Staunton, October 16 – Aleksei Orlov, the head of the Kalmyk Republic says that Russians like all the other peoples who were deported by Stalin should be compensated, a proposal that some will see as an act of simple justice given how many ethnic Russians in fact suffered but that others will view as a […]