Wednesday, July 01, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Czech PM Pledges Russian Sanctions Unity

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says it is essential that international sanctions against Russia continue until all sides in the Ukraine conflict meet the terms of a cease-fire deal agreed to in February.
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Video Hard-Nosed Armenian Police Chief Draws Mockery, Anger

The protests in Yerevan have put the spotlight on Armenia's iron-fisted police chief, whose angry tirades at protesters are sparking both anger and jokes.
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Video Armenian Protesters Defy Police Warning

Thousands of antigovernment demonstrators in the Armenian capital continue to protest on Yerevan's central Baghramian Avenue despite calls by police to leave the avenue.
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Armenian President Offers Rate-Hike Plan

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has vowed financial help to Armenians to deal with a planned electricity price hike that has sparked protests mainly in the capital.
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Armenian Soldier Killed On Border

Armenia says one of its soldiers has been killed in clashes with troops from neighboring Azerbaijan.
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Armenian Activists Cite 'Persecution'

Activists from the protest movement that has rallied thousands in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, against electricity price hikes say “suspicious people” have begun to harass members of the group and peaceful demonstrators.
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Azerbaijani Out Of Games For Doping

An Azerbaijani runner was suspended on June 27 for doping after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase run one week ago in the European Games, which are being held in Azerbaijan.
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Armenia Officals To Probe Gyumri Massacre

​The case of a Russian soldier accused of killing seven members of an Armenian family has been handed over to investigators in Armenia.
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Russian Boxer Suffers Head Injuries At European Games

A Russian boxer has suffered injuries to the head and been taken to hospital after competing at the European Games in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.
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Video Armenian Protesters Chafe At Comparisons To EuroMaidan

Many observers in Russia and the West are comparing the ongoing Armenian protests against rising electricity prices to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. But spokespeople in Yerevan are resisting this attempt to broaden the framing of their project.
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