About CAN
Mission Statement
Our mission and values
Our Goals
Awareness and assistance
Our Activities
Advocacy, air and outreach
Local groups and project teams
Join CAN
Get involved
The Conflict
Political and military aspects
Human Rights
Documentation, reports, legal issues
Context, facts and oral traditions
Who are the Chechens
Ethnography, language, religion and culture
Humanitarian Crisis
Conditions, needs and aid efforts
Exile communities, asylum politics and advice
Organizations working on Chechnya, Chechen websites and publications
Media and Books
Relevant news websites, newsgroups, and documentaries, further reading and book reviews
Отдел на Русском Языке 
Совет Беженцам
Юридические справки и практический совет беженцам

Our Structure

The Chechnya Advocacy Network (CAN) was created in early 2004 to provide a more formal structure to existing groups of activists and people interested in learning about and helping the victims of the war in Chechnya. We have since attracted new friends and members, many of them experts on Chechnya in their own right or with impressive backgrounds in relevant advocacy, humanitarian, legal and developmental work. CAN is currently a volunteer-based network, but aims to become a professionally operated non-governmental organization in due time. We anticipate receiving 501 (c) 3 status in the course of 2007.

Our Board of Directors:

  • Michaela Pohl, PhD (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Amrina Sugaipova (Portland, OR)
  • Michael Dennis (Austin, TX and Tbilisi, Georgia)

Our Membership Groups:
We are represented in a number of cities across the United States and Europe and have excellent contacts with European groups working on Chechnya, as well as Russian and Chechen NGOs and activists.

Our US groups are in

Our groups in Europe are in

We are interested in supporting the emergence of local groups in areas where we are not yet represented, or to cooperate with existing organizations and movements. For information on how to become a member, start a local group, or form a partnership, contact CAN.

Humanitarian crisis in Chechnya:

Hunger, desperate poverty, people living in bombed-out ruins and squalid camps, landmines causing daily casualties, widespread health problems and a whole generation growing up without adequate schooling...
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