Tuesday, April 28, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Jailed Former Makhachkala Mayor Faces New Trial

The jailed former mayor of Makhachkala, the capital of Russia's restive Daghestan region, is facing a new trial.
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Lawyer Pleads For Jury To Spare Boston Marathon Bomber’s Life

Defense lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began making their case to spare his life in a Boston court on April 27.
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Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova Wins Media Freedom Award

Khadija Ismayilova, a jailed Azerbaijani investigative journalist and contributor to RFE/RL, has won a prestigious media freedom award that commemorates slain Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya.
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Russia Says Militant Loyal To IS Killed In Daghestan

Russian authorities say a local Islamist insurgenct leader who pledged allegiance to the militant group Islamic State has been killed in the North Caucasus region of Daghestan.
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Russia Says Iranian Soldier Flees To Armenia Over Religious Discrimination

Russian authorities say an Iranian soldier has fled to Armenia, citing religious discrimination in the Iranian army.
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New York Remembers 1.5 Million Armenian Deaths

Thousands of people rallied in New York on April 26 to demand the U.S. government recognize the deaths of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as genocide.
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Film Portrays Putin As Protector Against Terror, The West

Russian state TV is showing a new film in which President Vladimir Putin portrays himself as having protected the country, in his early years in power, against terrorists he suggests had Western support.
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Hollande, Aliyev Discuss Rights Abuses

French President Francois Hollande has met with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, in Baku for discussions that focused on rights abuses in Azerbaijan and the country's dispute with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
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Chechnya Probing Stavropol Killing

The Chechen Interior Ministry says it has begun an investigation into "abuse of power" by police from the neighboring Stavropol region that resulted in the death of a Chechen man.
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Baku Urged To Protect Detainee Rights

A delegation from the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture has called on Azerbaijani authorities "to do more to protect the rights of people deprived of their liberty."
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