Saturday 24 January 2004
January 23, 2004
Azerbaijan: Human Rights Watch Accuses Baku Of Electoral Fraud, Police Torture
Prague, 23 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A leading human rights watchdog group is accusing Azerbaijan's authorities of arresting and torturing political opponents following October's disputed presidential election.
January 22, 2004
Russia/Ukraine: Putin, Kuchma Meeting To Focus On Forging Closer Ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Ukraine tomorrow for talks with counterpart Leonid Kuchma. The official reason for the visit is cultural, but as RFE/RL reports, the agenda is bound to hold some difficult issues for the two neighbors.
January 15, 2004
Caucasus: Robust Nature Conservancy Blossoms In South
The Southern Caucasus republics -- Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan -- are still struggling to adapt to the new era that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago. Like other countries in transition, the priority in the Caucasus has been on how to achieve working political and economic systems amid poor infrastructure and fragile social and ethnic situations. Despite the region's practical difficulties, however, a robust nature conservation movement has emerged.