Tuesday, August 30, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

Yerevan Court Reportedly Declines To Detain Russian Man Sought By U.S.

Russian news agencies are reporting that a court in the Armenian capital of Yerevan has dismissed a move to detain a Russian citizen on charges of money laundering and illegal arms sales by the United States.
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Armenia Detains Russian Wanted By U.S. For Illegal Arms Deals, Money Laundering

Armenian police said on August 29 that they have detained a Russian national at the request of the U.S. government after being informed the man was wanted in the United States on charges of money laundering and illegally transferring military technology from the United States to an undisclosed foreign country.
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Armenia, Iran Creating Free Economic Zone To Expand Exports

Armenia’s government is working with Iran to create a free economic zone in the country’s southernmost Meghri region, Economy Minister Artsvik Minasyan said on August 25.
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Armenian Oppositionist Freed On Bail

A court in Yerevan has granted bail to a leading member of the opposition Heritage party, who was charged in connection with a recent rally.
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Georgian 'Killed Fighting Alongside IS'

A Georgian citizen has been reportedly killed while fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.
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RSF Calls For Withdrawal Of Charges Against Azerbaijani Politician

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the arrest of Faiq Amirov, a leading member of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan party.
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Armenian Gunman Seeks Mayor's Office

A jailed Armenian activist who helped seize a Yerevan police station last month wants to run for mayor in his hometown, but hard-line opposition representatives are discouraging him from doing so.
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Guerrilla War In Tbilisi: Activists Battle City Hall To Preserve Georgian Capital's Shrinking Green Spaces

Rampant development in Tbilisi is pitting city hall against a feisty group of activists determined to preserve what's left of the city's green spaces.
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Video Russian Soldier Sentenced To Life For Armenian Massacre

An Armenian court has found Russian Army Private Valery Permyakov guilty of murder charges and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the 2015 killing of seven members of an Armenian family.
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Armenian Court Rejects Appeals Of Arrested Gunmen

A court in Armenia has rejected more appeals filed by some of the three dozen members of an armed group that seized and held a police station in Yerevan last month.
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