Saturday, August 29, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

'The Worst Is Not Knowing': In Chechnya, An Endless, Agonizing Wait For The Missing

Hundreds of families in Chechnya have yet to bury relatives who disappeared in the two wars that devastated the region in Russia’s North Caucasus more than a decade ago. Ahead of the International Day of the Disappeared, marked on August 30, RFE/RL spoke to one couple still waiting for their son to be returned to them -- dead or alive.
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Daghestani Capital’s Ex-Mayor Jailed For Life

A former mayor of Daghestan’s capital, Makhachkala, has been sentenced to life in prison.
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NATO Opens Georgian Training Center

NATO says a new training center in Georgia will help the Caucasus country to move closer to membership in the military alliance.
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Azeri Footballer Held Over Journalist's Death

A well-known player from Azerbaijan’s Qabala FK soccer club, who is a suspect in a case related to the beating of a journalist to death, has been remanded in custody.
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NATO Chief Visits Tbilisi To Open Military Training Center

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg arrived August 26 for a two-day visit to Georgia.
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Video Nemtsov Probe Stymied By 'Stonewall'

The investigation into the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has become a skirmish in a broader battle for power and influence between federal law-enforcement authorities and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
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Baku: Ismayilova Trial Postponed

The trial of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan has been postponed until August 31.
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Baku, Nagorno-Karabakh Claim 'Enemy' Casualties

Azerbaijan and the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh have claimed "casualties among enemy armed forces" during the latest flare-up in violence.
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Russian-Led Security Bloc Runs Exercises Near Baltic Borders

The Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has begun a six-day military exercise near the border of Estonia.
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Video Azeri Man's Death Sparks Clashes

Police clashed with residents in the Azerbaijani city of Mingachevir on August 22, a day after a young Azerbaijani man was found dead after being questioned by local police.
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