For Russia Now, There are Two North Caucasuses Not One

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

For Russia Now, There are Two North Caucasuses Not One

Paul Goble

            Staunton, September 20 – Many Russians as well as outside observers routinely speak of the North Caucasus as if it were a unified whole when in fact there is a deep divide between its eastern portion which was Islamicized far earlier and remains more Islamic to this day and the western part which has had a different history.

            Indeed, one is almost justified in speaking of two North Caucasuses not one at least in terms of the Russian presence and control and of the nature of national movements and challenges to Moscow. Read more

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More than Half of North Caucasians Say Their Lives Became Worse in 2019, New Poll Finds

Friday, September 13, 2019

More than Half of North Caucasians Say Their Lives Became Worse in 2019, New Poll Finds

Paul Goble

Staunton, September 9 – Fifty-six percent of the residents of Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia and Daghestan say their lives have become worse in 2019. Only 33 percent said their lives had become better, a gap of 23 percent and one that is far larger than the difference of six percent found in a similar poll in 2017.

The poll of 1200 people selected as a representative sample in Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, and Daghestan by the Medium Orient Agency for the Prague-based Caucasus Times strongly suggests that North Caucasus residents believe their lives are getting worse (caucasustimes.com/ru/opros-bolee-poloviny-zhitelej-severnogo-kavkaz-stali-zhit-huzhe-v-2019-godu/). Read more

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Kalimatov Confirmed by Popular Assembly as Ingush Head

Friday, September 13, 2019

Kalimatov Confirmed by Popular Assembly as Ingush Head

Paul Goble

Staunton, September 8 – With 27 votes in favor (out of 32), Makhud-Ali Kalimatov was confirmed by the republic’s Popular Assembly as head of Ingushetia for a five-year term, an election with no surprises that was described by one writer as “a profanation of democracy under the pretext of stability” (6portal.ru/posts/выборы-главы-ингушетии-профанация/). Read more

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Kalimatov Calls on Ingush People to Ignore Boycott Calls and Vote in Municipal Elections

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Kalimatov Calls on Ingush People to Ignore Boycott Calls and Vote in Municipal Elections

Paul Goble

Staunton, September 7 – Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov, acting head of Ingushetia, says the Ingush people must ignore calls for a boycott of municipal elections lest by not voting they reduce the sense of responsibility that deputies must always show to the population (ingushetia.ru/news/m_kalimatov_prizval_zhiteley_ingushetii_prinyat_aktivnoe_uchastie_v_munitsipalnykh_vyborakh_/). Read more

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Circassians Call for All Ingush Prisoners to Be Treated as ‘Brothers’ and Returned to Ingushetia

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Circassians Call for All Ingush Prisoners to Be Treated as ‘Brothers’ and Returned to Ingushetia

Paul Goble

            Staunton, August 4 – The leaders of various public organizations in Kabardino-Balkaria are calling for Nalchik jail officials to treat Ingush opposition figures as brothers who are being “repressed” until they can be returned as the law requires to their native Ingushetia. Only in that way can the rights of those under detention be guaranteed.

            Marks Shamurzov, a Circassian who heads the Association of Victims of Political Repressions, took the lead in making that argument at a meeting in Nalchik four days ago.  He was unanimously supported by others at the session and by lawyers who represent some of the 29 Ingush prisoners now being held in KBR facilities (zamanho.com/?p=11387). Read more

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الشراكسة يعبرون عن دعم قادة المعارضة الأنجوشية المحتجزين

الأحد، 4 أغسطس/آب، 2019

الشراكسة يعبرون عن دعم قادة المعارضة الأنجوشية المحتجزين

بول غوبل (Paul Goble)

ترجمة: عادل بشقوي

5 أغسطس/آب، 019

ستاونتون، 1 أغسطس/آب – تقوم نساء شركسيات بتوزيع عريضة تطالب بإطلاق سراح ظريفة سوتييفا (Zarifa Sautiyeva)، المنسقة والناشطة الأنغوشية (aheku.net/news/society/cherkeshenki-organizovali-sbor-podpisej) حيث عقد النشطاء النشطاء الشركس طاولة مستديرة لتركيز الانتباه على مصير نشطاء الإنغوش المحتجزين في أماكن الاحتجاز في نالتشيك (fortanga.org/2019/08/v-kbr-trevozhatsya-soderzhaniyu-arestovannyh-ingushskih-aktivistov-v-nalchike/). Read more

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Circassians Come Out in Support of Jailed Ingush Opposition Leaders

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Circassians Come Out in Support of Jailed Ingush Opposition Leaders

Paul Goble

Staunton, August 1 – Circassian women are circulating a petition calling for the liberation of Zarifa Sautiyeva, the Ingush curator and activist now (aheku.net/news/society/cherkeshenki-organizovali-sbor-podpisej), and Circassian activists have held a roundtable to focus attention on the fate of Ingush activists being held in Nalchik detention facilities (fortanga.org/2019/08/v-kbr-trevozhatsya-soderzhaniyu-arestovannyh-ingushskih-aktivistov-v-nalchike/). Read more

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