Thursday, August 21, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

'The Hardest Part Is I Can't See You' -- Azeri Activist's Prison Letter To Jailed Husband

With her health reportedly deteriorating, detained Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus has penned an open letter to her husband -- who himself was arrested and charged with treason shortly after her.
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Azeri Activist Appeals Drug Sentence

An Azerbaijani court will hear the appeal of a young blogger given a five-year prison sentence in a case his supporters say is politically motivated.
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It Takes A Village To Find Ramzan Kadyrov's Phone

When Ramzan Kadyrov misplaces his cell phone, there's hell to pay. After the Chechen strongman reportedly lost his mobile at a museum opening, police are said to have held hundreds of people in an effort to locate it.
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Kadyrov's Office Denies Reports Of Massive Search For Lost Phone

A spokesman for Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, is denying reports that more than 1,000 people were searched or interviewed in an attempt to recover the leader’s lost mobile telephone.
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UN Urges Baku To Free Activists

UN human rights experts have condemned the increased prosecution of human rights activists in Azerbaijan and urged Baku to "reverse the trend of repression."
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Armenian Accused Of Shooting At Turkish Embassy

Russian police have arrested an Armenian man who they say fired shots at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow.
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Saakashvili On Georgia Wanted List

Georgian authorities have put former President Mikheil Saakashvili on a wanted list and will detain him if he returns to the country he led for nearly a decade.
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HRW Calls For Azerbaijan's Suspension From Transparency Group

A prominent rights group says Azerbaijan is increasing pressure on activists and should be suspended from an international coalition that promotes openness in the oil and gas industries.
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Yazidis Rally In Yerevan

Scores of Yazidis rallied in Yerevan on August 14 demanding the Armenian government provide help, including weapons, to Yazidis under siege in northern Iraq.
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Amid Karabakh Tensions, Both Armenia And Azerbaijan View Russia Uneasily

Russian President Vladimir Putin got the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to sit down together in Sochi on August 10 to ease tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh. But both South Caucasus countries are wary of what Moscow's intentions might be.
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