Monday, February 08, 2016


News and Features from the Caucasus

Russian TV To Air Docu On Chechens In Syria

Russian state television is to broadcast a documentary this week alleging that Chechen forces loyal to the Kremlin are on the ground in Syria.
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Georgian-Russian Talks Postponed

A Georgian envoy says the next round of talks between Russia and Georgia on normalizing bilateral ties has been moved to mid-March.
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Azerbaijan Says Soldier Killed In Clash

Azerbaijan says one of its soldiers has been killed as a result of a clash with an Armenian "sabotage" group.
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Opposition Activist Jailed In Azerbaijan

A court in Azerbaijan's Naxcivan exclave has sentenced an opposition activist to eight years in jail.
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Head of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Panel Urges Release Of Azeri Journalist

A senior U.S. lawmaker has urged Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev to release imprisoned investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova and other journalists, warning that their continued detention "will harm relations between our two countries."
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Tear Gas Used At High-Profile Trial In Azerbaijan

Tear gas was used in a Baku courtroom to end emotional outbursts and physical attacks during the high-profile trial of the alleged beating death of an Azerbaijani sports journalist.
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Kadyrov Posts Video Showing Ex-PM, Antigovernment Activist In Crosshairs

For a Kremlin-backed leader already accused of running a brutal regime in Chechnya, anything -- and apparently anyone -- is fair game.
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Reputed Chechen-Kyrgyz Crime Boss's Sister Detained In Russia

A sister of a reputed crime boss from Kyrgyzstan, Aziz Batukaev, has been detained in Russia and charged with drug possession.
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Kremlin Urged For Response On Kadyrov 'Threats'

Russian rights defenders are demanding a government response to a video posted online by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov that shows a sniper targeting two well-known activists.
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Azeri Debt Downgraded To 'Junk'

The credit ranging agency Standard and Poor's has downgraded Azerbaijan’s debt rating in a warning to potential investors that Azerbaijan’s government bonds are considered speculative "junk."
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