Tuesday, August 04, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Armenia To Sell Power Station For Price Hike

The Armenian government says it will use money from the sale of one of the country's largest power-generating facilities to subsidize a new increase in the price of electricity.
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Six Militants Killed In Kabardino-Balkaria

Russian authorities say security forces have killed six militants in the restive North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria.
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U.S. Lawmakers Cleared Over Baku Trip

The U.S. House Ethics Committee said it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.
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Oppositionist Jailed In Baku

A high-ranking member of Azerbaijan's opposition Popular Front Party has been sent to jail.
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Commentary: Pride Versus Prejudice In The West

Throughout its history, my country -- the Soviet Union -- conducted cruel and arbitrary mass purges; participated in international political terrorism; fostered new totalitarian regimes; committed aggression; and violated fundamental principles of law. Russia has returned to that behavior.
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Armenia Plays Down Departure Of International Businesses

The Armenian government is downplaying the importance of recent decisions by several leading international companies to close business operations in the South Caucasus country.
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Khadija Wins Press Freedom Award

The U.S. National Press Club presented its highest press freedom prize to jailed Azeri investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova July 29.
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Daghestan District Governor Arrested For Alleged Links With Criminal Group

A district governor in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan has been arrested on suspicion of financing a criminal group.
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Armenian Activists Vow To Keep Protesting Power Rate Hikes

Activists gathering in the central square of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, this week pledged to keep up the pressure on authorities to reverse their decision to raise electricity prices next month.
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Armenia Rejects World Bank Plan To Put Plant In Bankruptcy

The Armenian government has rejected a recommendation by the World Bank to put a debt-ridden Yerevan chemical plant into bankruptcy.
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