The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (ConIFA) announced on 19 August that Nagorno-Karabakh would host its 2019 European Football Cup. It promised to specify soon the exact June dates and other details of the tournament, which will be held in capital Stepanakert.
One police officer was killed and three more injured in Chechnya on Monday in a coordinated knife, bomb, and car attack, according to official reports. Four of the five attackers, one of who was 11 years old, were killed during the attacks, and a fifth wounded.
The suicide of a teenage girl in western Georgia’s Guria Region sparked outrage over the weekend after it emerged that prior to her death she was being blackmailed. The suicide led to widespread discussions in Georgia about online blackmail, suicide prevention, whether there is a ‘culture of shame’ in Georgia, and media ethics.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested a former mayor of Makhachkala on Friday evening, as he attempted to board a flight bound for Germany. The Investigation Department of Daghestan told OC Media on Saturday that Magomed Suleymanov, director of Daghestan’s Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund, was suspected of leading a ‘criminal community’, fraud, and theft of more than ₽210 million ($3.1 million).
Ketevan Tsikhelashvili has served as Georgia’s State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, responsible for coordinating the country’s conflict resolution policy, since 2016. Tsikhelashvili sat down with OC Media to discuss the ministry’s successes and failures, her new peace initiative, and the barriers to and prospects for peace.
Georgia’s national wrestling team made headlines on Friday after a photo was published online of the team wearing T-shirts of a North Ossetian MP to the background of the Russian flag. The backlash follows a series of controversies around the 10th anniversary of the August War, including in restaurant chain Machakhela, nightclub Bassiani, and with Radio Free Europe’s Georgian service. [Read more…]
‘Consider me back’, former President Robert Kocharyan replied when asked if he was returning to Armenian politics in an interview with Armenian TV station Yerkir Media on Thursday. Kocharyan, who is awaiting trial charged with ‘breaching the constitutional order’, put his decision down to the ‘inexperience’ of the current government. [Read more…]
From midnight to 08:00 on Wednesday morning, Armenia’s State Revenue Committee raided the offices of South Caucasus Railway (SCR), a subsidiary of Russian state-owned Russian Railways, seizing documents and information. The company said authorities are probing tax evasion of ֏9.7 million ($20,000). The State Revenue Committee has yet to release details of the inquiry. [Read more…]
Former Prime Minister of Abkhazia, Sergey Shamba, has said that there is a need for more dialogue between Georgia and Abkhazia, and that it was time to think about a ‘common future’ as neighbours. Shamba, who served as PM from 2010–2011 as well as foreign minister from 2004-2010, made the comments in an interview published on 13 August with Echo of Moscow. [Read more…]
The former President of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, was released on bail on Monday after an appeal court ruled his detention was unlawful. Kocharyan was forced to cancel a press conference on Tuesday after protesters chanting ‘murderer’ stormed the venue. [Read more…]