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June 10, 2011 Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
In the southwest corner of Russia, an Islamist insurgency has spread out of Chechnya into neighboring regions of the North Caucasus and is claiming hundreds of lives a year.
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June 8, 2011 Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
After years of conflict, Grozny, Chechnya is in the process of rebuilding itself, but President Ramzan Kadyrov's radical leadership could threaten the region's growth.
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June 8, 2011 Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
Recent violence from Islamic militants has worsened the already poor economical conditions in Nalchik and the surrounding villages in Kabardino-Balkaria.
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June 8, 2011 Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
Seven years after the Beslan siege of School Number One, members of the community still grieve the loss of the 400 people who were killed in the attack.
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May 25, 2011 Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
A special Dagestani government commission is actively working to lure young men away from local jihad groups known as boyeviki.
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May 16, 2011 Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
Outrage over 1940s Stalinist deportations permeates the collective memories of North Caucasus nations, fueling modern day conflicts in the region.
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April 1, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
At the front line in Russia's war on terrorism, it's a war not just of bullets and bombs, but of ideas; and it's a war the Kremlin appears to be losing.
The village of Danukh in highland Dagestan. Image by Tom Parfitt, Russia, 2008.
March 25, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
A look at how samovar politics, mixed with rampant corruption, have helped turn Dagestan into the most deadly of Russia's North Caucasus republics.
Young men carry a portrait of Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, during May 9 Victory Day celebrations in Chechnya. Image by Musa Sadulayev. Russia, 2009.
March 16, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
Why is the Kremlin-imposed leader of this republic sounding so much like the militants he's meant to be cracking down on?
Ramzan Kadyrov (in red), the leader of Chechnya, plays in a friendly soccer match between Chechen players and a collection of Brazilian World Cup Winners in Grozny. Image: Musa Sadulayev, Russia, March 2011.
March 9, 2011 The Guardian
Tom Parfitt
Brazil greats including Romario and Dunga take on local team in game organized by Chechnya's colourful head Ramzan Kadyrov.
Dibikhan Pugoyeva, 39, in the office of the Mashr human rights group in Karabulak, Ingushetia, Russia.The board behind her shows pictures of people abducted in Ingushetia by security forces. Her son, Magomed Gorchkhanov, 17, was allegedly kidnapped in November 2010 and later found dead. Image: Tom Parfitt, Russia, February 2011.
March 8, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
In Ingushetia, people have reason to fear Russia's shadowy security forces as much or more than the Islamist militants. Indeed, it has become one of the most unstable spots in the North Caucasus.
Svetlana Tsgoyeva, 69, in the ruins of the sports hall where her granddaughter, Zalina Albegova, nine, died along with hundreds of other hostages during the Beslan school siege in September 2004. Image by Tom Parfitt. Russia, 2011.
March 2, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
What appears to be a religious war or an independence struggle in the Caucasus is, in reality, deep-seated ethinic conflict and hatred.
Ozdemir Tsipinov, 19, holds Makhosh, the horse thatbelonged to his father, Aslan Tsipinov, 51, who was murdered by Islamist gunmen on December 29, 2010, in Shalushka village, near Nalchik, in the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Image by Tom Parfitt. Russia, February 2011.
February 25, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
A new level of viciousness by Islamist insurgents pervades Russia's bloody southern republics in the North Caucasus.
Mount Elbrus, seen from the Balkbashi pass. Image by Tom Parfitt, Russia, June 2008.
February 21, 2011 The Guardian
Tom Parfitt
Russian forces tighten security after a cable car explosion and an attack on a minibus by Islamist guerrillas in troubled North Causasus, near the popular Elbrus mountain ski destination.
Men hurry to Friday prayers at the central mosque in Nalchik, the capital of the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Image by Tom Parfitt. Russia, February 2011.
February 21, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
The families of suspected Islamist guerrillas in the North Caucasus have always faced harassment from Russian security forces. Now a shadowy vigilante group has started targeting them as well.
David Ignatius and Fiona Hill report on the major human rights abuses in Central Asia and the Caucasus at a Eurasia Foundation panel discussion. Image by Joey Kahn. Washington, D.C., 2011.
February 17, 2011 Untold Stories
Joey Kahn, Christina Maria Paschyn
The international community ignored the events in Osh, Kyrgyzstan last June and they continue to ignore the threat of war over Nogorno-Karabakh.
Tom Parfitt during his 2008 travels across the northern flanks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Image courtesy of Tom Parfitt.
February 15, 2011 Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
Though media attention is scarce, a guerrilla war taking place across the North Caucasus has ramped up. Killings are commonplace as Russia fights to retain control over the Islamist insurgency.