Persoverzicht Tsjetsjenië - mei 2015

5 mei 2015

Chechen head ready to testify in Nemtsov murder case: Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov has stated his readiness to testify in the case over the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. (Gazeta.ru, TASS)

7 mei 2015

Counterterrorist operation in Dagestan: A counterterrorist operation was launched on Thursday in Makhachkala (capital of Dagestan). Several suspected militants have been trapped in a residential building. (ii) The Federal Security Service (FSB) has completed the investigation into a suspected terror plot. According to investigators, six men from Dagestan had planned to set off a bomb at last year's 9 May celebrations in Odintsovo (Moscow region). (Gazeta.ru, MT)

14 mei 2015

Polygamy in Chechnya?: The Moscow Times publishes a commentary by analyst Georgy Bovt on another incident in the relationship between Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and the federal centre following media reports that Kadyrov gave his personal approval for a police official to marry a 17-year-old girl. The man is already married. Polygamy is outlawed in modern Russia. However, polygamy is practiced not only in Chechnya, but also in other republics of the North Caucasus. (MT)

15 mei 2015

EBRD's new economic forecast: The EBRD updated its forecast for transitional and developing economies, while improving it for the Central Europe and the Baltic States and worsening for Eastern Europe and Caucasus. The Russian economy would contract by 4.5% this year and by 1.8% in 2016, and then could face a prolonged period of stagnation or economic slowdown. Russia's recession badly affects the economies of the countries of Eastern Europe and Caucasus, which have tight economic ties with Russia. Out of six of them, four would have a recession (except Georgia and Azerbaijan). The biggest decline would be in Armenia (-15%). To the contrary, Poland would experience the highest economic growth (up to 3.4% annually in 2015–2016), and Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and the Baltic States would perform better than expected before. (Vedomosti)

18 mei 2015

Nemtsov murder probe: new head of group of investigators: According to media reports, Nikolai Tutevich will replace Igor Krasnov as the head of a group of investigators investigating the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Tutevich has been involved in investigations with links to Chechnya e.g. the murder of Duma deputy Ruslan Yamadayev and an attempt of the life of his brother Isa Yamadayev.  RBK daily reports that Krasnov is expected to head a new structure within the Investigative Committee. (Gazeta.ru, KP, RBK daily)

19 mei 2015

Chechen head not to be questioned in Nemtsov murder case: Reportedly, investigators have no plans to question Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov in the framework of the investigation of the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Lawyer for the Nemtsov family Vadim Prokhorov said that investigators intend to question former Chechen police officer Ruslan Geremeyev as part of the case. Kommersant, meanwhile, writes that Geremeyev's whereabouts remain unknown. (ii) The media reports, with reference to Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov, that the Duma has refused to conduct a Parliamentary investigation into Nemtsov's murder. (Gazeta.ru, Kommersant, MT, Novye Izvestia)

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