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North Caucasus has been the scene of systematic human rights violations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over 100.000 civilians are thought to have been killed during the two wars. Humanitarian aid was non-existent.

Since the end of the second Chechen war, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and threats have been frequently committed by the federal Russians forces, as well as the ruling local regimes in the North Caucasus republics which are supported by Kremlin.

The work of Human Rights organizations is being impeded by threats and abusive laws; Russian “Memorial” is the main Human Rights NGO that still activates in the region despite constant threats and the murder of its activists (see Estemirova murder).

The following stories are related to Human Rights abuses in all shapes and forms. Click on photo to view story

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Human Rights NGO’s qualified as “spies” by Kremlin

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CHECHNYA TODAY “WORSE THAN WAR”

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CRUEL AMNESTY

Vladimir Putin flying a jet in Chechnya

In March 2000, Vladimir Putin promised amnesty to 72 Chechen fighters from Komsomolskoye, in what eventually turned out to be a cruel deceit by the Russian government.

MISSING IN NORTH CAUCASUS

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MASS GRAVES (click on each photo for the story)

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Chechnya’s dead – Moscow’s refusal to build a proper forensic laboratory and dig up the victims of war

Grozny, 1995 - A man is searching for his 2 missing sons. he found one of them. Photo Anthony Suau

“Mass graves” In 2008, a mass graves of 800 people was found in Grozny. # months later, a mass grave of 300 people was found further.

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CLEAN UP OPERATIONS

During mop-up operations, civilians fall victims indiscriminately. Photo taken in Dagestan village.

ABUSE IN THE RUSSIAN ARMY

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In the last 25 years, abuse on young Russian conscripts has risen to a level of “violation of basic human rights” according to official reports

Journalism in North Caucasus – Executions and censorship

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LIFE IN GROZNY AFTER WAR

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Despite the official end of the war, human rights violations against civilians continued to take place as noted by photographer Thomas Dworzak

DEPORTATIONS

1939-1945, Stalin deported an estimate 7-8 million people from Eastern Europe and North Caucasus. The unbearable conditions killed half of them.

1939-1945, Stalin deported an estimate 7-8 million people from Eastern Europe and North Caucasus. The unbearable conditions killed half of them.

FAMINE

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The forgotten genocide – the induced famine which killed millions in Ukraine, North Caucasus and Southern Russia

Refugees in Europe

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WAR PHOTOGRAPHER

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ASSASSINATION OF RUSSIA

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Who was really behind the apartment bombings in Russia which killed over 300 civilians

WAR CRIMES

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LITVINENKO

Alexander Litvinenko

Letter to Putin: “You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilized value. ”

East Prigorodny – Ingushetia’s forgotten conflict

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Economy, oil, quality of life in North Caucasus

One of the 1.500 oil refineries of Grozny, Chechnya (picture from 1970's)

An overview of the state of the economy, natural resources, poverty – also includes issues regarding ongoing human rights violations, which automatically affect the quality of life.

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