Shamil Nurmagomedov, the brother of suspected IS militant Marat Nurmagomedov, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for providing material help to a terrorist organisation. A court ordered that their father, Kazim Nurmagomedov, be detained for two months.
Dodo Gugeshashvili, formerly a prominent member of the Mkhedrioni paramilitary group, has been shot in the outskirts of Tbilisi. Gugeshashvili remains in serious condition in hospital; her son, who was with her at the time, was killed in the attack. [Read more…]
The director of Armenian news site MediaLab has received death threats on social media, after publishing a satirical cartoon mocking Defence Minister Vigen Sargsyan. [Read more…]
Parliamentary hearings for a controversial new labour law has been postponed by at least a week. Trade unions and rights groups have criticised the delay, calling on the government to act quickly to toughen labour safety rules.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has announced snap presidential elections for April 2017. [Read more…]
The board of directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have ‘unanimously’ approved financing for the Nenskra HPP in Svaneti, Georgia. The board made the decision on 31 January.
A fire at a market in the Daghestani town of Kizilyurt has destroyed 60 stalls, leaving dozens of people without jobs and businesses. The fire broke out on the night of 31 January, and according to official statistics, engulfed an area covering 500 square metres. There were no injuries reported. [Read more…]
The head of RFE/RL’s Georgian service, Radio Tavisupleba, has been fired ‘due to a disagreement with the central management’, according to him, with the outlet’s bureau chief reportedly resigning in protest. There have been reports RFE/RL’s central management has been pushing the bureau to affiliate with opposition-leaning TV channel Rustavi 2.
Recent changes to meals offered in Georgian kindergartens have been backed by Tbilisi’s Kindergarten Agency as well as UNICEF, in the face of resistance from some parents.