Russia’s New Aggression in Georgia

A series of interesting developments in Georgia points to a subtle but persistent attempt by Moscow to take complete control of that nation’s political processes. The decision to allow Russian parliamentarian and defender of Abkhazia and South Ossetia’s independence to sit in the Speaker of Parliament’s chair on July 20 enraged much of the population … Continue reading Russia’s New Aggression in Georgia

Translation: Ingush Activist Miakiev Changes Attorneys and Turns to Human Rights Defenders

The original article appears at: https://www.kavkazr.com/a/30073238.html "Ingush activist Bagaudin Miakiev, who on July 17 stated that he had been beaten in Nalchik SIZO (special interrogation unit) No. 1, where he is being held on suspicion of using violence against a representative of the authorities (part 2 of article 318 of the Criminal Code of the … Continue reading Translation: Ingush Activist Miakiev Changes Attorneys and Turns to Human Rights Defenders

Russian Provocation in North and South Caucasus

It's already been noted elsewhere that Moscow's bogus drug charges against Circassian activists such as Martin Kochesoko are most likely attempts to provoke a violent reaction from the Circassians, which would "justify" a Russian military response. I'm actually somewhat surprised with the apparent threat that Moscow perceives from the Circassians. When I wrote my article, … Continue reading Russian Provocation in North and South Caucasus

Eduard Enfiajyan’s Open Letter to The Georgian Ministry of the Interior

Vice-President of the Geopolitical Club Edward Enfiajyan has addressed an open letter to the Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Georgy Gakharia. The original Russian letter was published at http://newcaucasus.com/news/17915-obrashhenie-vitse-prezidenta-geopoliticheskogo-kluba-eduarda-enfiadzhyana-k-mvd-gruzii.html. I’ll try to comment on this situation in the next couple of days. “I, Edward Enfiajyan, a citizen of the United States originally from Akhaltsikhe, faced … Continue reading Eduard Enfiajyan’s Open Letter to The Georgian Ministry of the Interior

The Circassian Factor in Russian-Middle Eastern Relations

Walter Richmond The North Caucasus has been the fault line between Russia and the Muslim world for centuries and has shaped Russia’s perception of and relation to this world in a variety of ways. While the impact of the peoples to the east, particularly the Chechens, has been analyzed from various perspectives, the role of … Continue reading The Circassian Factor in Russian-Middle Eastern Relations

On the Disappearance of Talysh Scholar Fakhraddin Aboszoda

I received this appeal from my Talysh friends: On February 27, Fakhraddin Aboszoda (Abbasov), the leader of the Talysh National Movement, a well-known scholar and journalist disappeared from Remand prison-6 in Kolomna (Russia). As it turned out later, on February 28, despite the official refusal of extradition, Aboszoda was extradited to Azerbaijan, where he is … Continue reading On the Disappearance of Talysh Scholar Fakhraddin Aboszoda