Report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus – the media iron curtain

On 25 June Reporters Without Borders released the report of an investigation into the situation of the media in the Russian Caucasus, for which it visited Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia and met with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov (when he was still well, i.e. prior to an attempt on his life on 22 June), as well as local journalists and human rights activists.

I think, what is hard to assess during such a short mission is the long term trends in North Caucasus. The trend is that Russia uses all its means to isolate North Caucasus from the outside world. Killing off independent journalists and journalism as a whole is seen by the Kremlin as a natural step toward its goal of turning North Caucasus into a black hole, that no emits any officially unapproved information.


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