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Advocate For Azerbaijani Rights Activist Attacked In Baku

A jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist's social defender and supporter has been attacked in Baku. More

Customers shop at Crimean Farmstead, Russia's first specialized grocery which sells products from annexed Crimea, in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, in January 2015.

Russia Tumbles In Business Index

A new report says economic freedom in several countries of the Baltics, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Central Asia have jumped ahead of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. More

Khadija Ismayil tries to greet supporters and journalists outside the Baku courtroom on Januarya 27, when she had her pretrial detention extended. (POOR QUALITY PHOTO)

Azerbaijan Prolongs Journalist Ismayilova's Pretrial Detention

A court in Azerbaijan has prolonged the pretrial detention period for Khadija Ismayilova, a jailed investigative journalist and contributor to RFE/RL. More

Armenian President Warns Of 'Preventive' Strikes On Azerbaijan

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian said his country is prepared for any eventuality in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and warned Azerbaijan he would use "asymmetrical" responses to any military threats. More

Once Extremely Popular In U.S.S.R., Singer Roussos Dead At 68

World-renowned Greek singer Demis Roussos died in Athens at the age of 68. More

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Azerbaijan Concerned About Human Rights -- In The United States

Azerbaijan's parliament has decided that human rights are an important issue. Just not human rights in Azerbaijan. More

Interethnic Tensions On Rise in Daghestan In Run-Up To Jubilee

Among the numerous seemingly intractable problems facing the Republic of Daghestan leadership, that of relations between the region’s numerous ethnic groups is frequently eclipsed by the Islamic insurgency, endemic corruption, and the pressing need to attract investment with a view to galvanizing the stagnating economy. More
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Features & Commentary

Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova Remains Defiant

Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova -- a prominent contributor to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service -- has been in custody in Baku for more than one month. Despite a mounting international outcry, there is no end in sight for her ordeal.

Muslim Press Reacts To Charlie Hebdo Attack

Media in the Muslim world have published a wide variety of reactions to the deadly attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

It once was touted as an eastern alternative to the European Union and an attempt to resurrect the Soviet Union. But as the Eurasian Economic Union comes into existence with its three founding members -- Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan -- already squabbling, the future of the Kremlin's pet project looks uncertain.

Why Is Azerbaijan So Important To U.S., Europe?

Government officials in Europe and the United States have offered only muted criticism of Azerbaijan throughout a year of rampant human rights violations that included the arrest of journalists and activists and the closure of numerous NGOs. For a possible explanation, we look at Western strategic interests in the energy-rich Caspian nation.

A Good Season To Bury Bad News

From shock resignations to military offensives to crackdowns, bad news often strikes in late December while much of the world is busy ringing in the holidays. So far, Russia leads the trend.

Sports & Dictators: In 2014, A Match Made In Heaven

Many people turn to sports as a welcome break from politics. But from the Olympics to Formula 1, the year 2014 revealed a growing connection between big-ticket sporting events and ugly political regimes.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.
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