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    ‘Appeal to all women: Don’t put up with it!’
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    Written by: 'Ayshat' All articles by 'Ayshat'

    Soon after the fall of communism, Ayshat (not her real name) was kidnapped by a stranger who wanted to marry her. Such kidnaps are not unusual in ultra-conservative Ingushetia, or in any of the North Caucasus republics. What is rare is Ayshat’s courage in speaking out. She tells the story of her violent marriage, breaking silence in the hope of persuading other women to resist abuse.

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    Natalya Estemirova – murdered, not forgotten
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    Written by: Tanya Lokshina All articles by Tanya Lokshina
    Written by: Alexander Cherkasov All articles by Alexander Cherkasov
    Written by: Igor Kalyapin All articles by Igor Kalyapin

    Three years ago the indomitable Natalya Estemirova was murdered in Chechnya. Her killers remain at large, and arbitrary executions of oppositional figures have remained a tool of power across the North Caucasus. Here, Tatyana Lokshina, Alexander Cherkasov and Igor Kalyapin, three of Russia’s leading human rights defenders review a deteriorating situation, and how address it

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    Written by: Zalina Magomadova All articles by Zalina Magomadova

    Chechnya’s women face fresh constraints, new rules and increased violence sanctioned from above. At home, they are subject to unwritten codes that systematically disenfranchise them. They must brave all this to enforce their rights under the Russian constitution. Beyond that, there is only the European Court of Human Rights.

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    ‘The Chechen mentality’
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    Written by: Zura Khatueva All articles by Zura Khatueva

    Domestic violence is all too common in Chechnya. It is very rare for women to stand up for their rights, by recourse to the law. This is the story of one woman, Shoma Timagov, who did.

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    Chechnya’s fashion dictator
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    Written by: Lisa Kazbekova All articles by Lisa Kazbekova

    In Chechnya, the warfare that rumbled on between 1994 and 2009 has been turned against the republic’s women. The most public aspect of this campaign is the progressive imposition of a so-called ‘Islamic’ dress code. Lisa Kazbekova charts its course, enquires why it is happening, and how Chechnya’s men and women are responding

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    ‘Why did I tell you all this!’
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    Written by: 'Taisa' All articles by 'Taisa'

    Taisa wanted to be a singer, but ended up becoming a victim of one of Russia's most patriarchal and violent societies. oDRussia continues its series of 'stories you weren't meant to hear' with a harrowing narrative from Chechnya.

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    Sex and Lies in Kabardino-Balkaria
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    Written by: Marina Marshenkulova All articles by Marina Marshenkulova

    Young women in Kabardino-Balkaria must resort to lies and stratagems to navigate a society governed by man-made rules and double standards. In this excerpt from an unpublished novel, Marina Marshenkulova reveals through fiction the reality she cannot describe as a journalist.

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    Hijab Wars
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    Written by: Marina Akhmedova All articles by Marina Akhmedova

    In Dagestan, where government forces are pitched against insurgents, and the official priesthood against the Salafites, the third front concerns women. Marina Akhmedova reports from the region on the totemic role of the hijab in these events.

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    Stories you weren’t meant to hear: women, tradition and power in Russia’s North Caucasus
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    Written by: Editors of OpenDemocracy Russia All articles by Editors of OpenDemocracy Russia

    Why are the freedoms of women in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan so constrained? Is Islam to blame? Is it a consequence of war in the region, or of poverty? Or do the reasons lie elsewhere? These questions form the basis of a new series on openDemocracy Russia.

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