Friday, October 31, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

U.S. Senator Calls On Azerbaijan To Free Jailed Rights Activist

A senior U.S. senator says Azerbaijan should free human rights activist Leyla Yunus and that the jailed government critic must be given access to lawyers and doctors.
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European Court Fines Georgia

The European Court for Human Rights has ordered the Georgian government to pay 20,000 euros ($25,000) to a former state audit agency chief who was imprisoned in a corruption case.
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Chechen Exile's Claims Evoke Bloody Trail Traced To Russia

A former Chechen separatist official claims he was abducted and tortured by Russian security agents in France, the latest in series of incidents in recent years of Chechen exiles allegedly being targeted abroad.
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Air Armenia Blames Russia For Suspensions

Air Armenia, a passengar and cargo airline based in Yerevan, has suspended all passenger flights until at least December 20 over financial difficulties the firm is blaming on Russia.
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Journalist Group Says Reporters' Killers Almost Never Face Justice

Murdering journalists is one way to keep the public in the dark about criminal activities. It is also virtually risk-free, since worldwide 90 percent of the killers never face justice.
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Azeri Journalist Jailed For Vulgarity

A court in Baku has sentenced a journalist to 25 days in detention on charges of using vulgar words in public.
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In Many Countries, Distance From Ebola Brings A Sense Of Safety

In many parts of Eurasia, people think they are far enough away from Africa to be safe from Ebola. Is that a false sense of security?
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Azeri Rights Activist 'Deprived Of Lawyer'

Jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus says she has been deprived of her lawyer.
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Russia Airline Plans Yerevan-Crimea Flights

The Grozny Air civil aviation company, based in the Russia's Chechnya region, is pressing ahead with plans to launch regular flights from Yerevan to Crimea, despite protests from Kyiv.
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Georgian Military In Funds Scandal

The Georgian prosecutor's office says five current and former senior military officials have been arrested on suspicion of misusing of state funds.
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