In France's eastern city of Dijon, the tension was sparked by an attack on a 16-year-old member of the Chechen community on June 10.
While European and American diplomats are preoccupied with Brexit, Iran or US elections, something might be simmering in Georgia that deserves their attention.
While this year marks the 155th anniversary of the Circassian genocide, there is a vibrant and growing cultural movement in historical Circassia and the diaspora.
With his sharp and witty political commentary, wheelchair-bound Alexander Gorbunov stirred Russia's public discourse, gaining over a million followers on Twitter in a short time and attracting the attention of the police.
Most people in the Caucasus feel they are facing a cultural onslaught, equating the bill to the policy of former Russian emperor Tsar Nicholas II, who wanted Russian to be prioritised over other native languages.
The republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia have finally agreed on a border - but it has triggered unrest, and that unrest fits neatly into Russia's strategy of chaos-as-containment in the former Soviet republics.
While the world is focused on an array of conflicts, Ukraine simmers ominously in the background.
Two policemen, a civilian and four assailants left dead in an attack on a church in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.
Russian media reported that a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in the town of Kizlyar.
The late politician's allies said the investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had ordered his killing remained at large.
This week, Circassians are commemorating the ethnic cleansing of their people.
The deadly blast that struck a busy metro station in Saint Petersburg earlier this week, is not the first of its kind in the world's largest nation.
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