From: Eagle-wng


MOSCOW, May 23 (RIA Novosti, Kristina Rodriguez) – A report by the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe states that Russia has “undergone drastic changes” in recent 15 years, however “some reforms have not been completed.”

Alvaro Gil-Robles is coming to Russia on May 25 to present his report on the human rights situation in Russia to the country’s leadership.

In his report Gil-Robles refers to death penalty as a serious deficiency in Russian legislation, although moratorium has been imposed on the measure.

The ombudsman stresses the necessity to “pursue the judicial reform, enhance the independence of the judicial system and judges, improve custodial conditions, and modernize medical service in pre-trial detention centers and prisons.”

The official also emphasized the importance of combating violence and abusive treatment by the police, “fighting corruption, which reigns in a number of state management sectors.”

The commissioner calls for “guaranteeing the freedom of the press, opinion and expression and keeping the law on mass media of 1991 unchanged.” “Combat against terrorism must not restrict the freedom of mass media,” Gil-Robles underlined.

The report ends with recommendations to “adopt a framework law, which would provide a more detailed definition of the powers of regional human rights commissioners and continue developing a dialogue and cooperation with the civil society”.

The official admitted that the state of affairs in Chechnya would be on the agenda of the upcoming talks in Moscow.

On April 20 Gil-Robles delivered his report on Russia at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. This body is to make a decision on the document’s future, and it may be placed on the agenda of a regular session of the Parliamentary Assembly.

The document Gil-Robles is going to present in Russia contains 140 pages. It was composed to reflect the results of the commissioner’s two visits to Russia, in July and September of 2004.

During his visits the commissioner met with representatives of federal and regional authorities, judicial bodies, law enforcement officials and representatives of more than a hundred non-governmental organizations. He inspected hospitals, schools, orphan asylums, nursing homes, military units, courts, interior departments and penal institutions.

The report Gil-Robles prepared focuses on such issues as the work of judicial and law enforcement bodies, observance of human rights in the armed forces, the freedom of the press, observance of the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, combat against racism and xenophobia, the activity of non-governmental organizations, the status of women, children, the elderly and disabled.

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Large-scale special operation underway in Nalchik

From: eagle_wng
Large-scale special operation underway in Nalchik

18.10.2005, 11.49

NALCHIK, October 18 (Itar-Tass) – – A large-scale special operation to reveal and detain participants in the wahhabit underground is going on in Nalchik, Itar-Tass learnt at the republican Interior Ministry of Kabardino-Balkaria.

According to the ministry, one of participants in the attack on Nalchik who refused to stop for an examination and tried to offer armed resistance was destroyed by police at 5.00 Moscow time on Tuesday.

A Kalashnikov sub-machine-gun and a Makarov pistol, which was stolen during an attack on the Drug Control Department of the republic in December 2004, were confiscated from him.

As police believe, the killed gunman “was a local resident who had been hiding in the wood tract for three days and then tried to return home at dawn.

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A Tough Nut for a Hard Spot

From: eagle_wng

A Tough Nut for a Hard Spot
10.10.2005 – 00:51:37

Given the lofty moral standards in the Kremlin these days, do you think Kanokov was appointed on his merits or in exchange for a suitcase full of cash?

The regional legislature in the Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria last week confirmed the Kremlin´s candidate for president, Arsen Kanokov.

Kanokov, an ethnic Kabardin, was elected to the State Duma in 2003 as a Liberal Democratic Party of Russia candidate, but he joined the United Russia faction once in office.

His business interests include Sindiko, a large — and nontransparent — holding that specializes in building supplies and commercial real estate in Moscow.

Kanokov also owns a number of Intourist hotels and until recently the Nezhdanchik casino chain in the North Caucasus.

Kanokov sold off his casino business as he geared up to become president.

He also built a mosque in the regional capital, Nalchik, and introduced a bill in the regional legislature restricting the gambling business.

Kanokov is a very rich man.

It goes without saying that he will make every attempt to monopolize all business in the republic.

But he won´t stoop to stealing every last kopek of federal money sent from Moscow to pay benefits and pensions and to subsidize the reconstruction of flood-damaged homes.

The bulk of Kanokov´s business is in Moscow, and this makes him susceptible to Kremlin control because his holdings in Moscow are worth more than the entire republic of Kabardino-Balkaria with a couple of neighboring regions thrown in for good measure.

Finally, Kanokov is no Ramzan Kadyrov, but he won´t exactly be hurting for armed supporters who will stick it to the separatists if they come down from the mountains.

(The mountains in Kabardino-Balkaria, as in Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Dagestan, are outside of government control.)

Kanokov´s supporters will do a better job against the separatists than Russian cops because they won´t sell out for a ruble or two.

They will take up arms not to defend Russians but because extremists are bad for business.

And this gives reason to hope that the extremists will opt to strike a bargain with Kanokov: They´ll stay up in the mountains as long as Kanokov´s men stay down on the plains.

The appointment of Kanokov indicates that Moscow has decided to install capable leaders in the region.

Dmitry Kozak, presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District, clearly influenced this shift in policy.

Until recently, the Kremlin entrusted the North Caucasus to puppet leaders who wielded no real power in their regions, with predictably terrible results.

Following the ´´election´´ of Ingush President Murat Zyazikov, Russia effectively lost control of the republic.

In Karachayevo-Cherkessia, President Mustafa Batdyev was called as a witness in the trial of his former son-in-law, Ali Kaitov, who was accused along with 15 others in the murder of seven people in the capital, Cherkessk.

You might object that Kanokov or Mamsurov is no less likely to get involved in a gangland slaying.

But you´d be wrong. People who have survived being boiled in oil don´t knock over convenience stores.

This is the kind of thing you´d expect from small-time thugs who are suddenly placed in a position of power.

It´s hard to imagine a man like Kanokov being appointed governor in a European country.

It would be like naming Lucky Luciano U.S. ambassador to Sicily.

You may recall, however, that the United States did something similar during World War II, when it released Luciano from prison and sent him to Sicily in advance of the U.S. invasion.

Luciano helped enormously to defeat Mussolini.

Kanokov is a rich man. And this gives rise to what is, on balance, an unimportant question.

Given the lofty moral standards in the Kremlin these days, do you think Kanokov was appointed on his merits or in exchange for a suitcase full of cash?

by Yulia Latynina

Yulia Latynina hosts a political talk show on Ekho Moskvy radio.


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Opposition of Ingushetia is satisfied with meeting with Evkurov




Opposition of Ingushetia is satisfied with meeting with Evkurov

Representatives of the Ingush opposition – Maksharip Aushev, Magomed Khazbiev and Musa Pliev, who had a meeting on November 3 with the new President of Ingushetia, believe that Yunus-Bek Evkurov is capable to change the situation in the republic for the better.

Musa Pliev, advocate of the Evloev family, told the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent that the meeting with Evkurov was on the current situation in the republic. “We were satisfied with all his answers. The dialogue was very sincere and friendly, and we were not mistaken in our conclusions – the President is going to cooperate with the public and to support good ideas,” said Mr Pliev.

According to his story, the Evkurov’s authority, as a Hero of Russia, means quite a lot for Ingushetia. “I don’t think that after such shameful Zyazikov’s dismissal and all the sinuosity, the federal structures will interfere with Evkurov’s putting the situation in order,” said the lawyer.

Making his comments on the viewpoint that federal power agents are guilty of kidnappings and arbitrary executions in the republic, Musa Pliev has stated: “Not always kidnappings are committed by federal power agents. It was never proved. The problem was that Zyazikov wouldn’t wish to prove and investigate. Prosecutor Turygin never did a move to find out those engaged. Therefore, the rumours among the population that the culprits are Russians from federal forces have settled firm. But in fact, nobody ever tried to capture them.”

“When Magomed (Evloev, – note of the “Caucasian Knot) was killed at the airport, there was not a single federal power agent there, not a Russian – only Ingushes were the actors. When people of the level of Evloev are murdered by his compatriots, I don’t want to speak about power agents,” said Musa Pliev.

Magomed Khazbiev told the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent that Yunus-Bek Evkurov himself invited oppositionists to his residence in Magas. As he said, the former president had never done it.

The dialogue about the developments in the republic lasted for about three and a half hours. Mr Khazbiev believes that the new President understands fully enough the situation in Ingushetia in the area of human rights, torture and extrajudicial executions. “We liked his manner at the meeting – no megalomania, an ordinary Ingush. It was a pleasure to talk to him as to a person, not as President,” said Mr Khazbiev.

See earlier reports: “Ingush citizens gauge their new President,” “In Ingushetia, Evloevs’ advocates insist on bringing Zyazikov to court,” “Khazbiev: people of Ingushetia thank President Medvedev for dismissing Zyazikov.”

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Cleansing operation in NALCHIK

From: eagle_wng
Cleansing operation in NALCHIK
04.08.2005 – 00:33:44

Volniy-Aul sector of capital city NALCHIK in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria was target of Russian Omon Militarists at early morning hours of 3 August 2005.

Russian Regnum News Agency reported that Russian Omon Militarists have sealed off the Volniy-Aul sector of capital city NALCHIK and are breaking into each and every house of the residential area…

Security Department of Kabardino-Balkaria is closed to any comment on the operation.

Volniy-Aul is the site of a 23 July 2005 killing of two policemen by unknown assailants. Another two policemen were killed on 21 July 2005 in South-West sector of Nalchik.

(Agency Caucasus)

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NatPress: North-Caucasian Diasporas Of Turkey Expressed Support Of Abkhazia


From: MSN NicknameEagle_wng  (Original Message) Sent: 8/21/2008 2:12 AM

North-Caucasian Diasporas of Turkey expressed support of Abkhazia 

Chairman of the Caucasian-Abkhazian Committee of Solidarity / Istanbul / Irfan Argun sent a letter addressed to the president of Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh. “Georgians showed their chauvinistic aspirations, having carried out intrusion into Kodori gorge that belongs to Abkhazia, and established there contrary to the existing international agreements the so-called government ‘in exile’,” – it was stated in the paper.

“Having put an end to this government ‘in exile’, we taught a lesson to those who misbehaved, breaking the international agreements. We hope that it would make benefits to our country”, – Irfan Argun emphasized.

As he said, representatives of the Abkhazian and North-Caucasian Diaspora living in Turkey, were always and will be on the side of Abkhazia and in a case of need would render it any support.


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Caucasian Knot: Russia’s MNRE Calls President Of Adygea To Protect World…

From: Eagle-wng


Russia’s MNRE calls President of Adygea to protect World Natural Heritage

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology (MNRE) of the Russian Federation tries to urge the government of the Republic of Adygea (RA) to take measures for supporting safety of the object of the World Natural Heritage named “Western Caucasus” situated in the territory of this republic. The official letter was sent by the MNRE on August 7, however until now, according to the Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus, nothing has been undertaken.

“The letter was signed by Semyon Levi, Acted Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology,” reports the Ecological Watch. “It was sent directly to President of Adygea Aslan Tkhakushinov. The Minister’s demands, as stated in the letter, meet the basic demands moved forward by public ecological organizations.”

The MNRE’s proposals refer to the construction of the highway to the complex “Lunnaya Polyana” (Moon Meadow), which was officially recognized illegal this summer and stopped (the official name of the road is “Chernigovskoye – ‘Biosphere’ Scientific Centre”). However, the permit documents that accompanied the construction remain valid today.

The point is in three statements of the administration of the Maikop District, which define the location of the road and approve the land plots therefore, the Ecological Watch reminds. This is also the certificate on state registration of the right to permanently use the land area, issued to the Road Agency of Adygea, and the permit to build the highway granted by the RA’s Committee on Architecture and City Planning to the same Agency. In the opinion of the RF’s MNRE, these documents must be cancelled, the ecologists assert by referring to the letter.

See earlier reports: “A highway being built in Adygeya within world natural heritage,” “Prosecutor’s Office checks for violations in Adygean reserves,” “Ecologists disclose another intrusion of Olympic builders into Sochi National Park.”

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