Wednesday, September 02, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

U.S. Highlights Women Political Prisoners

The United States has launched a campaign to highlight cases of women who Washington says have been “unjustly imprisoned” by governments around the world.
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Russia's Beslan Marks 11th Anniversary Of School-Hostage Tragedy

The town of Beslan in Russia’s North Ossetia has begun three days of mourning to mark the 11th anniversary of a school hostage-taking that left 334 people dead, including 186 children.
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Georgian Foreign Minister Sacked

Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has fired his foreign minister, replacing her with the economy minister.
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Video Baku Court Jails Journalist Ismayilova For 7 1/2 Years, Sentence Condemned

A Baku court has sentenced investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to 7 1/2 years in prison on charges considered by many to be retribution for her reports on corruption involving senior officials.
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Baku Court Delays Ismayilova Verdict

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova delivered a scathing final statement in a Baku courtroom on August 31, calling Azerbaijan's government a "repression machine" and dismissing her trial as a "scam" aimed to silence her.
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'I Might Be In Prison, But The Work Will Continue'

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, an RFE/RL contributor, has made a defiant closing statement in a Baku courtroom, saying her trial on economic crimes charges won't crush her spirit or stop her work.
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Khadija Ismayilova 's Final Statement Before A Baku Court

An English translation of the closing statement that investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova presented to a Baku court following her conviction on economic crimes charges that are widely believed to have been fabricated.
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'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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