Friday, October 24, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

Jail Term For Georgian Ex-Minister

​A Georgian court has sentenced former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia to 7 1/2 years in prison for torturing convicts in 2006.
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EU Welcomes Azerbaijani Amnesty

The European Union has welcomed an amnesty announced by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev last week.
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Sakharov Prize Winner To Be Announced

The European Parliament is due to announce the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on October 21.
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Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

Activist Leyla Yunus has been transferred to Azerbaijan's most notorious detention center after already spending nearly three months behind bars on what supporters say are false charges.
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New Jail Term For Georgian Ex-PM

Former Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili has been sentenced to three years in prison in connection with the 2006 killing of Georgian banker Sandro Girgvliani.
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U.S. Having 'Stern' Talks With Baku

A U.S. State Department official says the United States has engaged in "stern conversations" with Azerbaijani officials about crackdowns on rights organizations in the Caucasus country.
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Georgia, Russia Struggle To Normalize Relations

Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili says attempts by Tbilisi to normalize politcal relations with Russia have thus far been unsuccessful.
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Azeri Activist Asks For Pardon

Azerbaijani officials say Rasul Jafarov, a rights activist who is in pre-trial detention, has asked President Ilham Aliyev for a pardon.
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Sakharov Prize Decision Postponed

The European Parliament has postponed a decision on the winner of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought until October 21.
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Three Alleged Militants Killed In Daghestan

Security forces have killed three suspected militants Russia's volatile North Caucasus province of Daghestan.
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