Chechenya: women who drive face problems

It is not forbidden by law, as in Saudi Arabia. But in Chechnya the tradition prevents women from driving. The few who dare are some weirdos. Not to mention the shots of paint that have received some women for not covering the head with a veil.

… That standard is set, like everything in Chechnya, by Kadyrov, who heads the republic as if they were all his subjects. One of his first public remarks after being appointed prime minister in 2006 (he became president the following year) was to “encourage” women to cover their hair. Today, stories abound of women dismissed from their jobs for not reporting to work with a headscarf.

… In a report on the implementation of Islamic dress in Chechnya, published in March, Human Rights Watch wrote: “paintball attacks came several years ago in a quasi-official, though extra-legal,” campaign under “In Chechnya.

Kadyrov has also expressed its support for honor killings. After seven women’s bodies were found in a ditch on the road two years ago, said he probably had a “loose morals.” If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both are dead. ”

The last part of the “campaign of virtue“, according to several women and activists in Chechnya, are the plainclothed state agents, who, standing in the street corners, shout advice to women about dress and behaviour.

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Bulletin of the Oppression of Women: Aug 12 – Nov 2, 2010

August 12, 2010
Iran
The ‘confession’ from a woman facing stoning.

August 13, 2010
India
A female engineer is facing threats for not wearing a veil.

August 15, 2010
USA
A Tulsa shelter helps abused Muslim women.

UK
Muslim parents are charged with beating and imprisoning their daughter over a facebook fling. Continue reading

Chechenya: After attack, what’s next for Kadyrov?

Grozny parliament attacked – what next for Kadyrov? | RUSSIA | The Moscow News:

Ramzan Kadyrov

“away from the tensions of the region other voices suggest that Kadyrov – who has boasted of being up to his elbows in blood as he cracks down on extremists – is unable to maintain control through his strong man image.

Stefan Meister, of the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, warns that today’s attack shows signs of vulnerability around Chechnya’s leader.

Now we have an attack on parliament and we see that Kadyrov is not able to secure the main institutions of the Republic of Chechnya,” Meister told The Moscow News.

It’s not only down to his hardline position, but we can see that it isn’t working. It worked for a while but it wasn’t able to resolve the long-term problems of the region.”

Although Meister feels the Kremlin will be “pretty shocked” by today’s attack, he adds that there is no immediate alternative to Kadyrov.

It’s really difficult to find a person who is strong enough. I don’t think they will be able to find any one else.””

Background: Chechenya: Parliament and Ministry of Agriculture attacked by Islamists, 6 people feared killed.

Chechenya: Parliament and Ministry of Agriculture attacked by Islamists, 6 people feared killed

2 killed in suicide bombing in Chechen parliament shooting: Russia media (UPDATE-2) | Russia |

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A suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday at the door of the regional parliament of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, killing two people, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Two or three of his accomplices broke into the parliament and began shooting, said an unnamed law enforcement source, Xinhua reported.

Shots were heard starting from 09:00 a.m. Moscow time (0500 GMT). Currently the clashes inside the parliament building have been over, but sporadic shots could still be heard from the scene.

To date no final casualties were available.

The area has been blocked with all personnel evacuated, said the source, adding that an special operation, led by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was underway to eliminate the insurgents.

Earlier, the Interfax news agency reported, quoting an unnamed law enforcement source, that some shots were heard in the parliament, killing unspecified number of people.

Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, who was currently in the regional capital of Grozny, has been informed about the incident, said the source.

Italian media is reporting that it was an assault on the Parliament by Chechen guerrilla militants, that is, Chechenyan Islamic terrorists. They report that there was a suicide terrorist who killed the two men from security who were at the Parliament’s entry door. Parliament’s president was inside the building when they stormed it, but according to sources he hasn’t been killed.

JPost reports that there are at least 4 killed. It also adds: “A separate group of attackers stormed the Ministry of Agriculture building, where they are fighting off police, Itar-Tass reported, citing a ministry source“.

UPDATE: The Telegraph reports: 6 people feared killed.

UPDATE – 2:  Of the six people killed, 4 were attackers, according to latest reports.

Russia fought two wars with Chechen separatists in the 1990s before installing a loyal government there in 2000.
Since then, most of the Islamist insurgents have moved over into the neighboring Russian republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia, with terrorist attacks seldom striking at the heart of Grozny in recent years.

Chechnya: Govt. Coerces Women on Dress, Activists Say

“Activists in Chechnya, where Russia has waged two wars against separatists in the past 16 years, said intimidation reached a peak during the fasting month of Ramadan. There was also a crackdown on violations of Islamic law such as the sale of food before sundown and any sale of alcohol, they said.

The activists who spoke from Chechnya insisted on anonymity because they said they feared reprisals.

Threats tapered off, they said, as Ramadan ended in mid-September. Men in Islamic clothes had been approaching women whom they deemed unsuitably dressed to pull them by the arm, an offense according to Chechen custom.

A woman activist said that incidents she recorded in August included a woman being taken away by men in a jeep for wearing a skirt they regarded as see-through and no head scarf in Grozny, the Chechen capital. Other men handed out leaflets to women advising them how to dress, she said.

According to Chechen tradition, women should not wear sleeveless clothes; they usually wear a strip of headscarf more like a hairband than a hijab. Until recently, it was considered the prerogative of male family members to decide their style of dress, but Islamic activists, with support from Mr. Kadyrov, are calling for much fuller cover.

….The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in August that women’s rights were being violated by efforts to impose an Islamic dress code. It said women without headscarves or in immodest dress had been attacked with paintball guns in Grozny.

Last week, Russia’s human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, asked the federal prosecutor general’s office to investigate the paintball incidents.

Tanya Lokshina, a researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Moscow office who travels regularly to Chechnya, said the situation of women had deteriorated under Mr. Kadyrov, 33, who succeeded his father, Akhmad Kadyrov, a former rebel leader and mufti who became a fervent Kremlin supporter before he was killed by an assassin’s bomb in 2004.

Instructions were given that girls can’t go to school without scarves, or young women to university, and that it’s impossible to work without a scarf,” Ms. Lokshina said. “Pressure grew, through television programs and declarations, to control the morals of women.””

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Denmark: Suspect in bombing masks his ID, Danish police sees Jylands-Posten as target

A bombing suspect who is accused of blowing up a hotel toilet in Copenhagen, along with himself, is a one-legged amateur boxer who was born in insurgency-racked Chechnya and has shown what one scholar calls “highly professional” tradecraft in concealing his identity and purpose from Danish authorities.
The would-be bomber’s target, Danish police said, was likely the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world in 2006 by publishing 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad and has been the object of at least one foiled terrorist attack since.
We are reasonably sure that was the target,” Chief Superintendent Svend Foldager of the Copenhagen police, the lead investigator in the case, said at a briefing Friday.
We’re dealing with a letter bomb,” said Mr. Foldager, adding that the parcel contained small steel pellets designed to maximize casualties and would have exploded with a force of a small hand grenade. “It was capable of injuring a lot of people, depending on where it exploded.
Mr. Foldager also said the device used triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, a volatile acetone-based explosive used by al Qaeda in the July 2005 London subway bombings and other attacks.
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Russia: peace activist helping Chechen terrorists?

In this photo released by Attorney Tom Nelson shows Pirouz Sedaghaty, also known as Pete Seda. Seda, former director of a defunct Islamic charity, has decided to return to the United States to face federal tax charges accusing him of sending money to Muslim fighters in Chechnya, his attorney said Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Attorney Tom Nelson)
Federal prosecutors are continuing to gather evidence they believe suggests former Ashland peace activist Pete Seda was well aware he was helping fund Muslim terrorists in Russia when he allegedly helped launder donations to the rebels through his Ashland charity in 2000.
Court records filed this week detail how one of Seda’s ex-wives was living at his Ashland residence with him while possibly helping translate pro-holy war messages for a Web site used by Chechen rebels fighting Russians in 2000.
Other records detail that photographs of captured and dead Russian soldiers fighting Chechen jihadists were discovered on Seda’s computers at his Siskiyou Boulevard house that also served as the Oregon chapter office of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation.
Russian agents in 2008 were provided access to those computers as they looked into the activities of Seda and his foundation as part of their own anti-terrorism probes, according to a court ruling issued Tuesday.

“Those hard drives contained substantial evidence of interest to the Russian government in its on-going efforts to counter terrorism in the Caucasus,” U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan wrote in a Tuesday ruling denying Seda’s attorney’s motion to suppress evidence in his case.

…In court papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Cardani sought a trial subpoena for Radmila Balobina, who was labeled in the filing as one of Seda’s former wives who was last known to be living in an unknown location in Egypt.

Prosecutors believe that Balobina lived with Seda in Ashland in and around 2000 while she allegedly used an e-mail alias of “ptichka” to do translation work for a Web site identified as Qoqaz.com.

Cardani’s motion identified Qoqaz.com as a portal used by Chechen jihadists “to deliver pro-mujahideen messages to interested followers throughout the world.”

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