Former member of the opposition United National Movement (UNM) party, Irakli Chkhirkvia, and the head of the Anti-Corruption Information Centre, a local anti-graft group, Merab Ghoghoberidze were arrested on 23 April for ‘organising a riot’, more than a month after violence rocked Georgia’s port city of Batumi.
Both supporters and opponents of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán greeted the controversial politician with simultaneous demonstrations on 21 April, during an official two-day visit to Tbilisi. [Read more…]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on Abkhazia to ‘ensure equal rights’ for all Abkhazians. Lavrov made the comments on 18 April during a visit to Abkhazia to open a new Russian Embassy building, six years after his previous visit. [Read more…]
Ingushetia’s parliament has proposed imprisoning kidnappers of brides with three-year prison sentences. The initiative comes from the speaker of parliament, Zelimkhan Yevloyev. [Read more…]
On 16 April, 51.34% of Turkish voters decided to approve proposed amendments to the Turkish constitution, effectively abolishing the office of prime minister and replacing the parliamentary system of government with a presidential one.
A criminal case has been opened in Chechnya against a local woman for child abuse. According to the investigation, the woman from the village of Beno-Yurt in Nadterechny District worked as a nanny and repeatedly beat a one and a half year old child in her care. She told the child’s mother that her daughter had bruises and abrasions on her body because she stumbled and fell.