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Armenian parliament dissolved paving way for June elections

Snap parliamentary elections will take place on 20 June.

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Georgian opposition leader Nika Melia released from pre-trial custody

The UNM chair was freed on Monday after 11 weeks behind bars after the EU posted his bail.

Georgian opposition leader Nika Melia released from pre-trial custody

The UNM chair was freed on Monday after 11 weeks behind bars after the EU posted his bail.

Voice | ‘I went to war at 17’

Sent to war aged just 17, WWII veteran Vardanush Zakaryan tells how her love for her husband survived both war and death.

Voice | ‘I went to war at 17’

Sent to war aged just 17, WWII veteran Vardanush Zakaryan tells how her love for her husband survived both war and death.

Abkhazia to begin long-delayed vaccine rollout

Abkhazia received 6,500 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine on 30 April.

Abkhazia to begin long-delayed vaccine rollout

Abkhazia received 6,500 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine on 30 April.

Hundreds of endangered seals wash up dead on Daghestan’s shores

Eco-activists and scientists have warned of an environmental disaster in the Caspian Sea.

Hundreds of endangered seals wash up dead on Daghestan’s shores

Eco-activists and scientists have warned of an environmental disaster in the Caspian Sea.

Kocharyan snubs offer of triple alliance of former presidents

Second President Robert Kocharyan claimed the alliance might harm the Homeland  Salvation Movement. 

Kocharyan snubs offer of triple alliance of former presidents

Second President Robert Kocharyan claimed the alliance might harm the Homeland  Salvation Movement. 

Georgian TV crew attacked near Davit Gareja

The TV crew from Mtavari were accosted by a group of unknown men, several wearing Orthodox priest’s attire.

Talysh blogger ‘illegally moved’ from pre-trial detention

Aslan Gurbanov is currently appealing his conviction for ‘inciting national hatred’ and carrying out anti-government propaganda.

Features & Analysis

Is an interconnected Caucasus on the horizon?

Russia, Turkey, and Iran have all shown interest in participating in restoring the transport corridors.

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Datablog | What’s a last name from Tbilisi?

While regional identities and stereotypes are a prominent part of Georgian culture, what share of people identify with each regional heritage?

Datablog | What’s a last name from Tbilisi?

By Dustin Gilbreath

While regional identities and stereotypes are a prominent part of Georgian culture, what share of people identify with each regional heritage?

Abkhazia is preparing for a tourist bonanza

The authorities expect record numbers of visitors, but some fear that Abkhazia’s infrastructure might buckle. 

Abkhazia is preparing for a tourist bonanza

By Marianna Kotova

The authorities expect record numbers of visitors, but some fear that Abkhazia’s infrastructure might buckle. 

Twin lawsuits in Bolnisi could have wider implications for Georgian minorities 

Ethnic Azerbaijani activists in southern Georgia are waging a legal fight to change the overwhelmingly monolingual policies of local authorities. 

Twin lawsuits in Bolnisi could have wider implications for Georgian minorities 

By Shota Kincha

Ethnic Azerbaijani activists in southern Georgia are waging a legal fight to change the overwhelmingly monolingual policies of local authorities. 

The shelter saving bears from exploitation in Georgia

Many bears in Georgia are kept in captivity — often as ‘decorations’ to attract tourists. One shelter near Tbilisi is trying to save such bears from a similar fate.

The shelter saving bears from exploitation in Georgia

By Tata Shoshiashvili

Many bears in Georgia are kept in captivity — often as ‘decorations’ to attract tourists. One shelter near Tbilisi is trying to save such bears from a similar fate.

Transitioning off the grid

With little access to healthcare, trans people in Azerbaijan must choose between gender dysphoria or undergoing hormonal therapy on their own.

Transitioning off the grid

By Hamida Giyasbayli

With little access to healthcare, trans people in Azerbaijan must choose between gender dysphoria or undergoing hormonal therapy on their own.

Opinion

Opinion | On the apologists of Baku’s Military Trophy Park

Even the defenders of the shameful Trophy Park are forced to rely on false and disingenuous comparisons to justify its existence.  

Opinion | Iran, a loser in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War?

Despite surface appearances, Iran may have much to gain in the new post-war political order in the South Caucasus.

Opinion | Armenia stands at a dangerous moral crossroads

If Armenia is to overcome the present crisis, the country’s quiet majority must spearhead a national moral conversion.

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