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Novaya Gazeta 9 July published names of 27 men reportedly among dozens arrested in security operation following Dec 2016 attack on police in Chechen capital Grozny, and executed 25-26 Jan without trial; Chechen information minister rejected allegations; BBC 27 July reported some families forced to sign declarations that their missing relatives had gone to Syria. Memorial human rights group 27 July issued names and details of thirteen Chechen men missing since Dec 2016, reporting they had been detained by authorities following Dec attack without relatives being informed, one man had died in custody. Ten men reportedly detained in Chechnya early July for criticising republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov after sharing online video clips. Ethnic Chechens and Avars clashed late June/early July in west Dagestan near border with Chechnya, amid historical tensions over land and border; Chechen and Dagestan republic leaders intervened to de-escalate situation, though land conflicts unresolved. Also in Dagestan, unrest among ethnic Nogais over land rights de-escalated with appointment of new head of Nogai district. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov criticised 13 July conviction by Moscow military court of five Chechens for 2015 murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, calling evidence “doubtful”. Associated Press report highlighted issue of forced charitable contributions by Chechens being funnelled to rebuild Syria through Kadyrov Foundation. Dagestan authorities reported they had stopped 190 people planning to travel to Syria during first half of 2017.

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9 Feb 2017
[Local barons in Russia's republics often] consolidate their positions in ministries, place their friends and relations in important posts and use various corrupt practices to siphon off resources. Open Democracy

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

Former Project Director, Russia & North Caucasus
2 Nov 2016
[The Kremlin hopes] to promote Kadyrov as a brand, as someone who turned the war-torn republic into a peaceful and affluent place, who is loyal to the Putin regime and who promotes conservative values. Slate

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

Former Project Director, Russia & North Caucasus
30 Jul 2016
They have a reputation for being pretty fearless fighters, which is why they move quite quickly up the hierarchy The Telegraph

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

Former Project Director, Russia & North Caucasus

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