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27 Aug 2010 description
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By Dmitry Shlapentokh, special to Prague Watchdog

Watchers of Russia's North Caucasus have recently focused most of their attention on the spectacular terrorist attacks in Moscow and the North Caucasus. All of these attacks have demonstrated that jihadist activity is continuing. However, the attempted robbery carried out by jihadists in Bashkortostan which took place at approximately the same time was more or less ignored, as were some related statements by leading jihadists about the importance of funding for the continuation of jihad.

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The day of hatred (by Prague Watchdog / German Sadulayev, February 24 2010)

Absolute power is sustained by irrational fear.

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By Stanislav Dmitriyevsky, special to Prague Watchdog

Nizhny Novgorod

On December 22 a "Declaration" appeared on the website of Chechnya's Human Rights Commissioner, Ombudsman Nurdi Nukhazhiyev, announcing the resumption of the work of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in Chechnya. In itself the text is rather neutral, yet on reading it I experienced at least three strong emotions.

The first emotion was anger.

23 Dec 2009 description
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By Sergey Markedonov, political scientist, special to Prague Watchdog


On December 11,1994, units of the Russian army and interior ministry entered the territory of Chechnya, which for three years prior to this had been trying to implement a form of national independence outside the framework of Russia. Thus the Russian Federation, the state which had resulted from a struggle with the Soviet centre, ran into a separatist problem of its own.

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By Valentin Tudan, special to Prague Watchdog

NAZRAN, Ingushetia - "The problem is not even the people who were killed," says my old friend Alkhazur. "It's not the miseries the Chechens had to endure. On the contrary, those miseries may in some ways even have strengthened their spirit, hardened their will.

03 Nov 2008 description
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By Dzhambulat Are

GROZNY, Chechnya - In 2010 the people of Chechnya will have a rare opportunity to see the Bedouin tent in which the leader of the Libyan revolution, Muammar bin Muhammad Abu Menyar Abdel Salam bin Hamed, better known as Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, traditionally prefers to stay. The tent will be pitched in the centre of Grozny.

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March 24

Two Chechen policemen were killed as a result of a blast near the village of Alleroi in Chechnya's Kurchaloysky district.

An alleged guerrilla was killed in the Chechen village of Prigorodnoye.

One Dagestani traffic police officer was killed and two others wounded when they were ambushed in the village of Bammatbekyurt in Dagestan's Khasavyurtovsky district.

March 27

Three alleged guerrillas were killed in the town of Dagestanskiye Ogni, East Dagestan.

March 28

A representative of the Prosecutor General's Office said that the identity of journalist …

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March 18

Chechen government human rights defenders asked President Kadyrov to initiate an investigation into the activities of the ill-famed ORB-2 police unit in 2006-7 and bring its former head, Akhmed Khasambekov, to justice.

Deputies of Ingushetia's Parliament asked Russia's leadership to ban the broadcasting of the Russian independent television station REN-TV on the territory of the republic.

Russia's Supreme Court turned down a request by Ingushetia's prosecutor to close down the opposition website Ingushetiya.ru.

March 19

Four policemen, one soldier, …

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March 12

Ingushetia's President Murat Zyazikov dismissed the republic's government.

Local resident Rustam Mutsolgov was shot dead by armed men in camouflage in the village of Troitskaya in Ingushetia's Sunzhensky district.

March 14

Ingushetia's President Murat Zyazikov made Kharun Dzeytov Premier of the republic and began to appoint ministers.

An FSB officer was killed and two of his colleagues injured in an attack by unknown gunmen in the Ingush village of Ekazhevo.

Senior criminal police officer Magomed Vyshegurov was shot dead by unknown gunmen in …

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March 4

Chechen authorities announced that a trolleybus system will be restored to Grozny in the next few years.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov removed Vedensky district head Ali Sinbarigov, replacing him with former Chechen Deputy Interior Minister Shemil Magomayev.

The Chechen National Salvation Committee reported that on the night between March 1 and March 2 a group of armed men without masks beat Chechen human rights defender Aset Malsagova near her rented flat in Grozny.

March 5

The Chechen Republic's Union of Journalists, which is a regional branch of the Union …

02 Mar 2008 description
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February 25

A Chechen parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov met with Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh in Sukhumi.

February 26

Many Chechens who are considered to have disappeared without trace are actually in prisons or in custody in Russia, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said at a meeting with Chechen deputies to Russia's State Duma.

An unsanctioned rally took place in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, demanding the release of Ingush activists who had been detained in connection with the January 26 opposition rally in …

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February 18

Nurid Barkhadzhiyev, who heads the secretariat of Chechnya's president, was appointed chairman of the Chechen Government Committee for Youth Issues, replacing Zaurbek Saidov, who has been the Committee's head since November 5, 2004.

February 19

Early voting for the Russian presidential election began for Russian servicemen in Chechnya, Kavkazsky uzel reported, adding it will last till February 29 and the ballots will be counted on the regular election day, March 2.

Senior bank official Galas Taymaskhanov was appointed head of the Secretariat of the President …

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February 11

Charges of negligence were brought against the Russian military in connection with the January 29 artillery bombardment of the Chechen village of Gekhi.

In central Nazran leaflets emerged in which Ingush guerrillas called on drug dealers, gambling house owners and moneylenders to cease their operations in the republic, threatening them with death.

The corpse of a guerrilla from the Dagestan town of Khasavyurt was found near the village of Arshty in Ingushetia's Sunzhensky district, according to Russian sources.

Russian media reported that Russia's parliament …

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February 4

Electronic gates were installed at the Chechen State University (ChGU) to monitor the flow of students and lecturers, Grozny-inform reported.

Aymani Kadyrova, mother of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and head of the Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation, was injured in a car accident near the village of Novogrozny.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited military units that Russia deployed last year in the Dagestan village of Botlikh and Karachay-Cherkess village of Zelenchukskaya to secure its southern border.

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January 28

Russian military shelled the village of Gekhi in Chechnya's Achkhoy-Martanovsky district after guerrillas attacked a military unit near Bamut, a village located 25 kilometres away.

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January 21 - The Russian daily Kommersant wrote that Dukhvakha Abdurakhmanov, speaker of the lower house of Chechen parliament, had become the head of the campaign team of Dmitry Medvedev, the most likely successor to President Putin.

January 22 - In central Nazran, Ingushetia, a car with explosives blew up, killing one person inside.

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January 14 - Adam Kozdoyev, a resident of the Ingush village of Kantyshevo, was killed in a shoot-out in the village of Verkhniye Achaluki in Ingushetia's Malgobeksky district.

January 14 - The Chechen government press service announced that, starting this year, the Terek Grozny soccer team will play home matches at the Sultan Bilimkhanov Stadium in Grozny.

January 14 - Three alleged guerrillas were killed during a security operation in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.

January 15 - Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Oleg Orlov, chairman of the Human Rights Centre …

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January 8 - Two guerrillas were killed and one military serviceman injured during a security operation in the village of Tsanak in the Tabarasansky district of Dagestan.

January 9 - The Public Prosecutor of Ingushetia's city of Nazran charged the North Ossetian "Voice of Beslan" NGO with extremism.

January 9 - One policeman was shot dead and another injured by gunmen in an ambush in the village of Nesterovskaya in Ingushetiya's Sunzhensky district.

January 10 - Six guerrillas were killed in the Tabasaransky district of Dagestan.

January 11 - The Chechen …

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December 27 - The North Caucasus District Military Court sentenced Russian Interior Ministry servicemen Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev to 17 and 15 years in prison, respectively, for murdering three Chechen civilians in January 2003.

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December 17 - An Ingush resident was detained in Georgiyevsk in Stavropolsky Krai on suspicion of masterminding the bomb attack on a bus in the South Russian town of Nevinnomyssk on December 9, which killed two people.

December 17 - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to become Premier if the current first vice-premier Dmitry Medvedev is elected President in the March 2 elections.

December 18 - Two prison officers were killed and four other injured when their vehicle that was accompanying another vehicle with prisoners was hit by a roadside bomb in Grozny's …