An initiative from Azerbaijan’s government to grant free flats to journalists has sparked debate in local media circles. Journalists in favour hail it as a form of wealth redistribution, while others see it as yet another attempt to smother media freedom in the country.
Armenia’s apricot farmers have had a bountiful season, but are unable to enjoy the fruits of their labour. They say that Spayka, an exporter with alleged connections to the president’s son-in-law, has captured the market — and is abusing its misbegotten power.
A year and a half after Abkhazia banned abortion, reportedly to increase the number of births, reports of women’s deaths and pregnancy complications have became more numerous, while the number of babies being born has not increased. Local activists have called on parliament to change the law, which they say discriminates against women.
Local residents and deputies of the Nogay District Assembly in Daghestan have successfully blocked the appointment from above of Baymagomed Yarlykapov as District Head. But this small victory for protesters may not address the root cause of the district — and republic’s — discontent. [Read more…]
The Georgian Government is committed to fully exploiting the country’s hydropower potential. Collective mobilisation against mass construction of hydropower plants has began to emerge, but activists say they are met with exclusion and repression. [Read more…]
On 2 April 2016, the Four-Day War began, and Azerbaijani troops moved into the village of Talish in Nagorno-Karabakh. One year on, only a couple of dozen men remain in Talish — their wives and children waiting to return and rebuild their lives.
GeoProMining is an international precious metals mining company. It was founded by Russian businessman Siman Povarenkin, with a local partner in Georgia, Koba Nakopia. The company has damaged environments in Georgia, Armenia, and Russia while mining gold and other precious metals.
Thanks to close contacts in local governments, the gold mining enterprise and its subsidiaries have never been seriously penalised. Local governments either don’t investigate major environmental pollution incidents or they don’t publish the investigation results.
The media in Kabardino-Balkaria parrots an extremely rosy picture of the republic. However, journalists and activists almost all admit privately — that with an eye towards the Kremlin (and Kadyrov’s growing army next door in Chechnya) — freedom of speech has been utterly decimated, and controversial topics go completely unreported.
Three young people from the village of Khaveti, in southern Georgia’s Akhalkalaki Municipality, work in the village of Bavra as seasonal workers. Their main tool is a horse, which they use to till the potato beds in the fields of Bavra.
On 6 June, the Yerevan City Hall informed the vendors of the clothing market on Ferdowsi Street that construction work would begin there on 15 June. The vendors were asked to move their improvised pavilions to other spots. They remain dissatisfied with the decision and have asked for six months to relocate. The negotiations have so far been fruitless.