Wednesday, May 25, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Ordered Released From Custody

update Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court has ordered that RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova be released from custody after reducing her prison term from 7 1/2 years in custody to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years.
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Chechen Prosecutor Asks For Long Prison Sentences For Two Ukrainians

A prosecutor in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya has called for two Ukrainian citizens convicted of fighting alongside Chechen separatists in the 1990s to be sentenced to at least 22 years in prison.
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Embattled Baku Weighs Benefits, Risks Of Setting Ismayilova Free

If you believe in good omens, a rare season of amnesty augurs well for RFE/RL investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova's appeal this week for prison release. But it's far from certain that President Ilham Aliyev will be swayed by either condemnation or largesse in her particular case.
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Four IS Suspects Arrested In Ingushetia

Russia's counterterrorism agency says it has arrested four suspects in Ingushetia that it says are linked to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
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Georgian Shot Dead Near Abkhazia

Georgia has officially expressed "shock and deep concern" over a deadly shooting along the administrative boundary with the Russian-controlled, breakaway region of Abkhazia.
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Freed Opposition Leader Prevented From Leaving Azerbaijan

An Azerbaijani opposition leader who was freed from jail on a presidential clemency in March has not been allowed to leave Azerbaijan.
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Thousands Of Azerbaijanis To Be Released In Amnesty

The Azerbaijani parliament has approved a proposal to grant amnesty to thousands of prisoners.
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French Foreign Minister To Visit Baku For Talks On Nagorno-Karabakh

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the co-chairman of the OSCE’s Minsk group on Nagorno-Karabkah, has accepted an invitation from Azerbaijan to visit Baku in the near future.
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Russian Military Bus Crashes In South Ossetia, Killing Six Officers

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a military bus has crashed into a deep ravine in South Ossetia, killing six Russian officers and injuring 16.
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Chechnya Jails 2 Ukrainian 'Separatists'

The Supreme Court of Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya has found two Ukrainian citizens guilty of fighting alongside Chechen separatists in the 1990s.
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