Maria Turchenkova (1987, Moscow) is a freelance documentary photographer.
Since 2011, her attention has focused primarily on the North Caucasus, Russia.
Hoarse Hawk by Apti Bisultanov, 1986, Chechen poet from Goitschu, Chechnya:
Hoarse hawk how much you are like me
Unheard by god
Your aimless cry
Spread the wings
Let us be silent
Me on earth
You in the sunset glow
Okay y’all: Russia is a country. Dagestan is a federal subject (republic) within Russia. Chechnya (Chechen Republic & the Republic of Ingushetia) is a federal subject (republic) within Russia. It was actually split up into two federal subjects after the USSR collapsed. There are 83 federal subjects in Russia. Different federal subjects have different levels of autonomy. They are not similar, but conceptually wise, similar to U.S. states in that Arizona is part of the U.S., but has local government and is different then its neighboring states. Kyrgyzstan is a country not Russia.
On October, 8 Anna Politkovskaya’s children, Vera and Ilya, as well as their lawyers (Karinna Moskalenko, Anna Stavitskaya and Roman Karpinsky) were expected to sign the acknowledgment form for review of the file in the criminal case against lieutenant colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, former head of unit, department 4, manhunt directorate, GUVD (Central Internal Affairs Directorate (CIAD)) of Moscow, conducted as a separate proceeding because the accused cooperated with the investigation. Pavlyuchenkov confessed that he had organized surveillance of the Novaya Gazeta staff writer and procured a weapon for the hitman. Having made a deal, finalized by deputy prosecutor general Victor Grin, Pavlyuchenkov undertook to name the person who ordered the hit, make a full disclosure of his involvement in the crime and give the investigators all details to him.
The question of the day: to what extent has Pavlyuchenkov honoured his commitments? The injured parties and their counsel do not rule out that he has not come completely clean, and if this is so, they will file a motion to void the deal.
In any event, today we already can disclose who kept Anna Politkovskaya under surveillance at the initial stage of assassination planning and how.
Pussy Riot member freed after Moscow court appeal
A Moscow appeals court has released one of the jailed members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, but ordered two others to serve the remainder of their two-year jail term in a Russian prison colony.
Yekaterina Samutsevich, the oldest of the three women at 30, walked free into the arms of her father, after serving six months in a pre-trial detention centre after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August.
A panel of three judges accepted the argument of Samutsevich’s new lawyer that she had not participated fully in the group’s February performance of an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in a Moscow cathedral. Samutsevich had been kicked out of the cathedral shortly after entering, meaning she did not engage in the “aggressive movements” that had offended Russia’s Orthodox believers, she argued.
The other two women, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, hugged Samutsevich goodbye. They will now be sent to prison colonies to serve the remainder of their two-year terms.