Saturday, November 29, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

Azeri Police Warn RFE Reporter

RFE/RL correspondent Turkhan Karimov was briefly detained and questioned by police in Baku, and warned "not to be critical of the government."
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Saakashvili Charged In Georgia

Georgian prosecutors have charged former President Mikheil Saakashvili with complicity in the 2006 murder of banker Sandro Girgvliani.
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Armenian Journalist Sends Open Letter To Jailed Azerbaijani Activist

A leading Armenian journalist has voiced concern over the fate of Leyla Yunus, a prominent human rights activist imprisoned in Azerbaijan, amid reports about Yunus's deteriorating health.
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Georgia Appeals To UN Security Council On Russian-Abkhaz Treaty

Georgia's state minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration says Tbilisi has asked on November 25 the UN Security Council to discuss the legality of the recently signed treaty on alliance and strategic partnership by Moscow and Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia.
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Congolese Doctor Receives Sakharov Prize

A Congolese doctor has received the European Union's Sakharov human rights award for his work with thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Azeri Rights Lawyer Jailed

A human rights lawyer activist Elcin (read: Elchin) Namazov has been sentenced to 15 days in jail in Azerbaijan.
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Damage Assessed After Daghestan Operation

Complaints by displaced residents have prompted Russian authorities to assess damage inflicted by military and security forces during an operation targeting suspected militants in the North Caucasus region of Daghestan.
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Russia Defends Abkhazia Pact

Russia has rejected accusations that it is planning to annex Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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Armenia Buries Helicopter Crew With Military Honors

Three Armenian helicopter crewmen who were killed when their military aircraft was shot down on November 12 by Azerbaijani forces have been buried with full military honors.
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Azerbaijan Arrests Former Deputy Defense Minister On Corruption Charges

A former Azerbaijani deputy defense minister, Mehman Salimov, has been arrested on corruption charges.
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