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RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service operates Kavkaz.Realii, a Russian-language website that provides uncensored news, and Marsho Radio, the only international Chechen-language broadcaster that covers tough issues under Ramzan Kadyrov’s regime. 

The Service’s recent coverage centers on how the Kremlin’s full-scale war on Ukraine affects the region. 

Published a comprehensive list of servicemen and others from the region killed in battle. 

Published well-researched stories on forced mobilization from Chechnya to Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine. Over 300 videos depicted mass looting by soldiers. 

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Media Climate

Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index ranks Russia, including the North Caucasus, 164th out of 180 countries. 

Correspondents are regularly subjected to threats and intimidation.  

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