Sunday, December 21, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

U.S. Lawmaker Talking About Pro-Baku Job

A retiring U.S. congressman is in talks for a job with a group funded by the Azerbaijani government, which has beefed up its lobbying efforts in Washington in recent years.
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Russia's Neighbors Scramble To Cope With Ruble's Tribulations

As the value of the Russian ruble declines, citizens of neighboring former Soviet countries are finding out how deeply entwined their economies remain. Countries dependent on trade with Russia or remittances from citizens working in the giant neighbor are bracing for hard times.
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EU OKs Georgia's Association Pact

The European Parliament on December 18 endorsed a political and trade agreement with Georgia.
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U.S. Says Ties With Baku 'Jeopardized' By Crackdown

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski told RFE/RL that Washington is concerned about Azerbaijan's recent crackdown on rights activists and journalists
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'Militants Killed' In North Caucasus

Russian authorities says three militants, including the leader of an armed group, have been killed in the Kabardino-Balkaria region in the volatile North Caucasus.
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Georgian Ex-Official Joins Ukraine Ministry

A former deputy interior minister of Georgia, Ekaterina Zguladze, has been appointed to a similar post in Ukraine.
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Alleged Co-Organizer Of 2002 Moscow Theater Attack Arrested

A Russian court says a suspected organizer of a deadly 2002 hostage siege at a Moscow theater has been arrested.
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Kadyrov 'Wants To Fight' In Ukraine

The Kremlin-backed head of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov, has sparked controversy by saying he is "ready to resign and fight" alongside pro-Russian separatists in their conflict with governent forces in eastern Ukraine.
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EU: Georgia, Ukraine May Get Visa-Free

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has said that the EU might grant both Georgians and Ukrainians visa-free access to the EU's Schengen zone next year.
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Poet Yevtushenko Hospitalized in Russia After Fall

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved a rock-star level of fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalized on December 14 after a fall during a visit to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
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