Tuesday, September 30, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

Russia: 14 Killed In Xenophobic Attacks In '14

A Moscow-based think tank that monitors xenophobia and extremism says 14 people have been killed and 77 injured in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia since the beginning of the year.
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Body Of Ex-Georgian Prime Minister To Be Exhumed

Georgian prosecutors have ruled that the body of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania will be exhumed as part of an investigation into his death.
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Anar Mammadli, A Tireless Rights Advocate

Jailed Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli, the recipient of the 2014 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, has tirelessly denounced the deepening crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan.
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PACE Awards Annual Havel Prize To Azerbaijani Activist

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has awarded its annual Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist Anar Mammadli.
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Putin Optimistic After 4th Caspian Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is hopeful that an agreement on the legal status of the Caspian Sea can be adopted at the next summit of the sea's five littoral states.
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Azerbaijan Criticizes Armenia Over Karabakh Dispute At UN

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has hit back at Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian over the conflict concerning the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Video Georgian Defends Locals' Motives For Joining Syria Fight

A resident of Georgia's restive Pankisi Gorge has told RFE/RL's Georgian Service that he knows one of his countrymen accused this week by the United States of aiding extremist groups like Islamic State (IS) in Syria and defended natives of his poverty-stricken area who go there "to help the poor Syrian people."
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Russia Ratifies Eurasian Union Pact

Russia's State Duma has ratified the treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
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Former Prosecutor's Aide In Daghestan Gets 11 Years In Jail

A former prosecutor's aide in Daghestan's western city of Khasavyurt has been sentenced to 11 years in jail.
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Militant Killed, Police Officer Wounded In Daghestan

Police in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan have killed a militant wanted for his alleged involvement in attacks against law enforcement officers.
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