Circassians Unite to Fight Amalgamation of Adygea and Krasnodar Krai

Circassians Unite to Fight Amalgamation of Adygea and Krasnodar Krai

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 17 Issue: 86

By: Paul Goble

June 16, 2020 

(Source: Caucasian Knot)

(Source: Caucasian Knot)

Circassians both in their North Caucasus homeland and in the diaspora are uniting to oppose the possibility of the amalgamation of the Republic of Adygea with the surrounding Krasnodar Krai. Members of the community view such a step as an attack on their nation. Their worries were triggered both by the revival of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to unite smaller non-Russian republics with larger and predominantly ethnic-Russian-populated oblasts and krais as well as by an intemperate attack from Moscow on the very existence of republics and nations within the federation. Putin’s plan for Arkhangelsk Oblast and the Nenets Autonomous Okrug is presently on hold, until at least next year; and following Circassian protests, the attack on republics and nations has been taken down from the online portal of the newspaper that carried it. Nevertheless, Circassians continue to worry that Adygea remains in Moscow’s crosshairs and are digging in to defend it (Echo Moskvy, May 28; Zapravakbr.ru, May 29). Read more

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Prosecution and detention of protesting lawyers in Russia

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Prosecution and detention of protesting lawyers in Russia

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

On 31 May 2020, known as the Day of Russian Advocacy in the Russian Federation, lawyers Daniil Berman, Alexander Redkin, Dmitry Zakhvatov and Yekaterina Seleznyova were detained during their peaceful protest against the use of force by police officers on their colleagues in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic.

On 21 May 2020, the authorities in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic (KBR), located in the North Caucasus, used physical force against lawyers Diana Tsipinova, Ludmila Kochesokova and Natalya Magova who were trying to provide legal assistance to their colleague Ratmir Zhilokov. Ms. Tsipinova resisted the force used against her and was consequently detained and threatened with sexual assault. The KBR Investigative Committee charged her and Mr. Ratmir Zhilokov with the criminal offence of using violence against an officer, provided by Article 318§1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Read more

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