Sunday, March 29, 2015


News and Features from the Caucasus

Russian Soldier's Murder Trial To Be Held In Armenia

A Russian legislator visiting Armenia on March 28 said a Russian soldier suspected of leaving a Russian military base in Armenia and killing seven Armenia civilians in a nearby town will be tried by a Russian military court in Armenia.
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U.S. Adds Caucasus Emirate Leader To Terrorist List

The United States has designated a senior leader of the Islamist insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus as a terrorist, subjecting him to sanctions.
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Nagorno-Karabakh Soldier Had Sought Transfer

The parents of a soldier who crossed into government-held territory from Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region say their son had asked for a transfer to another unit.
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EU Criticizes Baku, Notes Kyiv's Challenges

The European Commission has approved its 2014 European Neighborhood reports, highlighting progress and shortcomings made last year in the countries to the east and south of the European Union.
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Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova Allowed To See Relatives

Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor has been allowed to see her relatives for the first time since her arrest in early December.
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Georgian Opposition Party Won't Back No-Confidence Bid

Prominent Georgian opposition leader Irakli Alasania says his Free Democrats party (TD) will not join former President Mikheil Saakashvili's United National Movement's (ENM) push for a no-confidence vote against the government.
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Karabakh Soldier Defects To Azeris

Authorities in Azerbaijan and its breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh territory say a soldier from that region has crossed over to the Azerbaijani-controlled side.
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'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt talks frankly about the mistakes made by the European Union with regard to Russia, what he thinks the Russian president's next moves are likely to be, and why the bloc needs to engage more deeply with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Bildt spoke on March 22 with RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak on the sidelines of a Brussels Forum held by the German Marshall Fund.
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Antigovernment March In Georgia

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, demanding the government step down.
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U.S. Urges Baku To Extend Pardon

The United States has welcomed a decision by Azerbaijani authorities to release several activists from prison but urged Baku to release others.
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