Chechnya opens fifth Hafiz school

On August 27, the town of Argun in Chechnya opened the fifth Chechen school of Hafizes (those who know the Koran by heart). The religious institution is named after Tabarik Baisultanova, a Chechen leader’s grandmother.

In total, more than 600 people will be trained at five Hafiz schools. A pupil, who wants to go to Hafiz school, shall be not younger than ten years old. The study at Hafiz schools lasts three years. During this time, Mutalims (students) must learn by heart all 114 Surahs (chapters) and 6236 ayats (verses) of the Koran, the Muslim holy book.

Residents of Chechnya express ambiguous attitude to the opening in the republic of Hafiz schools and other religious institutions.

"Hafiz is a man who knows the Book of Allah and brings it to the people. Existence of Hafiz is a blessing for all of our people, and the higher their number is, the better," the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told by Khamad S., a local resident.

"We pay much attention to the religion; however, it is hard to say whether Hafiz bring blessing to the people. No Hafiz schools, medreses and mosques can lead the public to religion, if the people themselves are not willing to," emphasized Ibragim, a staff member of one of the Chechen ministries.

Court accuses Imam of Chechen mosque of distributing extremist literature

In Chechnya, the court considers the case of an administrative offense against Khyazhi Muptazov, the Imam of the mosque at the village of Tuskharoi of the high-mountainous Itum-Kale District. The Imam is accused of illegal possession and distribution of extremist materials. This has been told today to the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent by an official from the Chechen Prosecutor’s Office.

"In the village mosque, law enforcers found literature forbidden for distribution in our country and included in the federal list of extremist materials. These are the books of religious content, which two years ago were recognized as extremist materials by the Orenburg City Court," clarified the official from the Chechen Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the prosecutor, the Imam has explained to the inspectors that he had purchased the literature “to introduce the basics of religion to mosque-goers.” According to the Imam, he was not aware that the books were banned in our country.

Chechen leader to prevent under-aged marriages in republic

Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov said at a meeting with Mufti Salah Mejoyev that clerics should be more active in preventing marriages of under-aged people in the republic, RIA Novosti reports.

Kadyrov noted that such marriages had a negative impact on children. He reminded that clerics had eradicated the tradition of bride-kidnapping.

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Kadyrov named most popular regional leader of Russia

Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov was named the most popular regional leader of Russia in July 2014, according to Internet searches on Yandex. Kadyrov’s name was searched 153,324 times a month. Analysts say that his rating is a result of unusual and extravagant decisions, Yuga.ru reports.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin is the second in the list of top 82 regional leaders (36,918 searches), Governor of the Samara Oblast Nikolai Merkushin is the third (32,578).

Edilov named Chechen minister for property and family relations

Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov has replaced Magomed Askhabov with Roman Edilov (ex-head of the Kurchaloyevsky District) as the minister for property and land relations. According to Chechen Prime Minister Abubakar Edelgeriyev, Askhabov was not committed to principles and was too slow in resolving problems of investment attractiveness, Kadyrov said on Instagram.

Confectioner charged with mass poisoning in Grozny

A confectioner has been charged with mass poisoning in the Chechen capital of Grozny. According to Interfax-South, the person charged with the crime has sold low-quality sweets, with which over 30 kindergarten children have been poisoned.

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Here’s what happens when a strongman’s iPhone goes missing.

During the wedding, there was an announcement over loud speakers that Kadyrov had lost his phone, according to Memorial. After the guests went home, the human rights group says that over 1,000 people, including children, were called back to answer questions about the phone. Memorial says that most were only able to return home in the morning.

Instant and Eternity Exhibition opens in Chechnya

The Instant and Eternity Exhibition of art and graphics has opened at the A.A. Kadyrov Glory Memorial Complex today, dedicated to the 63rd anniversary of Akhmat-Haji Kadyrov. Cultural figures, writers and journalists are attending the exhibition, Chechenskaya Respublika Segodnya reports.

About 100 Chechen works in genres ranging from realism to abstract are presented at the Glory Memorial Complex. Young graduates of the Art Graphic Faculty of the Chechen State Pedagogical Institute, whose paintings have already been demonstrated in Sweden, Germany, China and France, can be seen at the exhibition.

Archeological exploration of Chechnya’s Alkhan-Kalinsky site resumed

The archeological exploration of Chechnya’s Alkhan-Kalinsky site has resumed, the head of the Archeological Studies Centre of the republic’s Academy of Sciences, Khamid Mamayev, says. 

The site was once a centre of medieval settlement.