Thursday, April 02, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Putin Creates State Agency To Oversee Ethnic Issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed the creation of a federal agency to oversee ethnic issues in the huge, multiracial country.
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Top Nemtsov Suspect Denies Guilt

The chief suspect in Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's killing has denied his guilt, saying he confessed under pressure and was not at the scene of the crime.
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Ukraine Rejects Georgia's Request To Extradite Saakashvili

Ukraine has rejected Georgia's request for the extradition of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, saying it was politically motivated.
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Moscow Court Orders New Detention Hearing In Nemtsov Killing Case

A Russian court has overturned a ruling to keep one of the suspects in opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s killing in pretrial detention.
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Azerbaijan Denies Entry To HRW Representative

Azerbaijan has expelled a Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher after barring him from entering the country to attend the trial of two rights activists.
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Georgian Government Snubs President's Address

Senior Georgian government officials have snubbed President Giorgi Margvelashvili's state of the nation address for the second straight year, underscoring persistent rifts in nation's leadership.
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Freedom House Demands Campaign Against Baku Over Jailed Journalist

Democracy advocates at Freedom House, a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization, have called for an international campaign aimed at pressuring Azerbaijan to free jailed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova.
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Nagorno-Karabakh Soldier Killed Along Contact Line

Authorities in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh say one of their soldiers has been killed by Azerbaijani gunfire.
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Two Sentenced For Journalist's Killing In Daghestan

Two local men in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have been convicted of killing a journalist and sentenced to prison.
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Russian Soldier's Murder Trial To Be Held In Armenia

A Russian legislator visiting Armenia on March 28 said a Russian soldier suspected of leaving a Russian military base in Armenia and killing seven Armenia civilians in a nearby town will be tried by a Russian military court in Armenia.
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