Elchin Ismayilli, a political activist and journalist in Azerbaijan’s Ismayilli District, who had been charged with extortion and abuse of power in February, faces at least ten years in prison after the prosecutor’s office changed the charge to bribery. The court hearing is set for 24 August. Ismayilli pleads innocent. [Read more…]
Seven trade unionist joined a hunger strike on 17 August against the state-owned Georgian Railway company. The company responded by accusing protesters of being ‘politically manipulated’. [Read more…]
A number of employees of the GEM Fest electronic music festival are planning to sue the festival, after not being paid. [Read more…]
Tamara Mearakishvili, a journalist and activist in South Ossetia, was detained in the town of Akhalgori (Leningor) at around 17:20 on 16 August while local police searched her house for ‘extremist literature’.
Two railway workers from Gurjaani, a town in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region, launched a hunger strike on 15 August, after being forced to move their jobs.
Zelimkhan Bakayev, a famous Chechen singer, has been missing since 8 August, when he disappeared from Grozny.
A group of activists, writers, and students in Abkhazia are facing public criticism for participating in joint projects with Tbilisi-based peacebuilding organisations. The backlash came after an anonymous Facebook profile published personal details of participants of a peacebuilding project [Read more…]
Police and Cossacks detained four tourists for dancing lezginka — a traditional Caucasian dance — in a public space on 13 August, in the city of Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai. Three have now been released while the fourth is being held for ‘violating public order’. [Read more…]