Saturday, October 25, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

Kyrgyz Embassy To Open In Azerbaijan

Kyrgyzstan announced it will open an embassy in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.
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U.S. Reiterates Concern Over Prosection Of Ex-Georgian Officials

Concerns remain about the way some criminal prosecutions of former government members have been handled in Georgia, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki sa
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Sparks Fly Over Scholar’s Azeri Ties

A scholar who consistently promotes Azerbaijan in the U.S. media and to American officials reacted angrily at a Columbia University event this week on European energy when a student asked her about her failure to disclose her ties to Azerbaijan's state-owned energy giant SOCAR.
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Pretrial Detention Of Prominent Azerbaijani Rights Defender Extended

The pretrial detention of prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus has been extended.
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Alleged Militants Killed In North Caucasus

Three alleged militants have been killed by security forces in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.
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Jail Term For Georgian Ex-Minister

​A Georgian court has sentenced former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia to 7 1/2 years in prison for torturing convicts in 2006.
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EU Welcomes Azerbaijani Amnesty

The European Union has welcomed an amnesty announced by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev last week.
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Sakharov Prize Winner To Be Announced

The European Parliament is due to announce the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on October 21.
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Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

Activist Leyla Yunus has been transferred to Azerbaijan's most notorious detention center after already spending nearly three months behind bars on what supporters say are false charges.
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New Jail Term For Georgian Ex-PM

Former Georgian Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili has been sentenced to three years in prison in connection with the 2006 killing of Georgian banker Sandro Girgvliani.
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