Far-right group the March of Georgians attacked three journalists from Rustavi 2 on Monday afternoon in Tbilisi. The attack was in response to an on-air joke by anchor Giorgi Gabunia about former Georgian Prime Minister, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, his tree-collecting hobby, and Jesus Christ. [Read more…]
The mayor of Borjomi Municipality, in southern Georgia’s Samtskhe–Javakheti Region, refused to show up for work on 2 March, along with 90 other employees of the mayor’s office. They went on strike after not being paid for the past three months, in a disagreement between the municipal council (sakrebulo) and the mayor’s office over pay. [Read more…]
Armenia’s parliament is to discuss an opposition resolution seeking ‘justice’ for those killed during a violent crackdown on protests in 2008, RFE/RL’s Armenian service Azatutyun reports. The resolution comes ten years after the deadly Yerevan protests, while a case into the matter at the ECHR is still pending. [Read more…]
A female councillor on Yerevan’s City Council was attacked by a number of her male colleagues, after she brought jars of sewage in to a debate to protest living conditions in one of Yerevan’s districts. A protest rally was held later that day, and the brawl sparked discussions on misogyny in society and politics.
Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was abducted in Georgia last May, was sentenced to 6 years in prison by an Azerbaijani court on 12 January. He was convicted of smuggling €10,000 ($11,200) in cash, border trespass, and disobeying border guards. [Read more…]
Two-hundred-and-fifty-one residents of the Daghestani village of Mokok are to receive compensation, after the village was devastated by fire in August. Some villagers have expressed anger that so few are to be compensated, claiming that twice this number were affected by the fire. [Read more…]
Fourteen people were arrested during a rally in Makhachkala’s central square on 13 November; they were demanding a meeting with the acting head of the republic concerning a fire last year in their village. Police used a tear gas while dispersing the rally.
Around 100 traders from the Dagelektromash market, which burnt down in Makhachkala this spring, have met with the local administration, after taking to the central square of the city.
On 31 October, several dozen Daghestani lorry drivers gathered at the customs post on the Azerbaijani border demanding an apology for insults directed at them by a Daghestani customs officer.
Krasnodar’s regional appellate court has upheld a fine against Ruslan Gvashev, a former Circassian leader, for performing a traditional Circassian prayer. [Read more…]