Monday, May 30, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

Sausage-Wielding Extremists Attack Vegan Cafe In Tbilisi

A vegan cafe in the historic center of Tbilisi was forced to cancel an English-language film screening over the weekend when a group described by witnesses as far-right extremists threw meat into patrons' vegan dinners and started a brawl.
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Two Jailed For Daghestan Journalist's Killing

Two local men in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have been sentenced to prison over the killing of a journalist.
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Two Killed, 21 Injured When Bus Overturns In Northern Azerbaijan

Reports from Baku say two people have been killed and 21 injured in a traffic accident involving a passenger bus in northern Azerbaijan.
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Two Ukrainians Jailed In Chechnya

A court in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya has sentenced two Ukrainian citizens to lengthy prison terms after they were found guilty of fighting alongside Chechen separatists in the 1990s.
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Russia, Pakistan, Others Block UN Access For Press Freedom Group

Russia, Pakistan, and Azerbaijan were among a group of countries that blocked giving United Nations accreditation to the media freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists.
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Armenian Defense Minister Says Nagorno-Karabakh Agreements Being Implemented

Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian said on May 26 that his country’s armed forces and ethnic Armenian separatist fighters in Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nnagorno-Karabakh region have been fulfilling agreements recently reached by the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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Video Freed RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Vows To Continue Investigations, Shrugs Off Threats

Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova says the Azerbaijani government decided to release her from prison because her detention had become an embarrassment and had failed to frighten other reporters from pursuing stories about high-level corruption.
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Audio Slide Show Bigger Than Dominoes: Abkhazia Pins Hopes On Soccer Cup For Outsiders

Shunned by FIFA and dogged by infighting, would-be states and other groupings with uncertain status are holding a soccer "world cup" in breakaway Abkhazia. A colorful opening ceremony will kick off what may be the biggest international event in the isolated Black Sea region since a dominoes championship in 2011.
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Azerbaijan's Other Political Prisoners

The release of RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova from an Azerbaijani prison has highlighted the plight of numerous other activists and journalists widely considered political prisoners who remain behind bars in the oil-rich former Soviet republic.
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RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Released From Custody

RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova has walked free from an Azerbaijani prison and vowed to keep on working after the Supreme Court reduced her 7 1/2-year prison sentence to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years.
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