Source description last updated: 12 October 2018

In brief: Caucasian Knot is an online media outlet with a human rights orientation that provides information on the Caucasus region. It was founded in 2001 by the human rights organisation Memorial.

Coverage on
English language weekly, monthly or quarterly summary articles as well as articles tagged with “conflict” or “human rights” (Media Report).
Covered weekly on for the Russian Federation.

“The main goals set by the "Caucasian Knot" are: ensuring freedom of access to the truthful and unbiased information about the events in the Caucasus; informing the Russian and world public about the cases of human rights violations and the situation in the area of armed conflicts, nationality-based or political discrimination, and refugees' problems; and rendering informational support to the development of civil initiatives and independent mass media.” (Caucasian Knot: About us, undated)

Caucasian Knot is “financed by various charitable foundations.” (Caucasian Knot: About us, undated)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Caucasian Knot’s coverage of events and developments focuses on “Abkhazia, Adjara, Adygea, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Astrakhan and Volgograd Regions, Georgia, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Kalmykia, Karachay-Cherkessia, Krasnodar Territory, Nagorno-Karabakh, Rostov Region, North Ossetia-Alania, Stavropol Territory, Chechnya and South Ossetia” (Caucasian Knot: About us, undated)

Thematic focus: human rights issues, conflict, discrimination, legislation as well as “background (reference) information on the history, ethnic groups, religious and cultural traditions of the region, scientific literature, analytical reviews and comments, information on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), political and public figures, and regional mass media groups.” (Caucasian Knot: About us, undated)

Caucasian Knot provides “news and reference materials prepared by [its] own correspondents working in 20 regions of the North-Caucasian Federal District (NCFD), the Southern Federal District (SFD) and the Southern Caucasus.” (Caucasian Knot: About us, undated)

See also Caucasian Knot’s ethical code:
Caucasian Knot: Ethical Code of Internet Medium "CAUCASIAN KNOT", 19 August 2005

Language(s) of publications:
English and Russian

Further reading:
The Nation: A Brave and Independent Russian Editor, 9 April 2012
Caucasian Knot: Ethical Code of Internet Medium "CAUCASIAN KNOT", 19 August 2005
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