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Open Caucasus Media brings you news, commentary, multimedia, and investigations from the North and South Caucasus.

Podcast | Ivanishvili's baobab trees and the CSTO in Yerevan

Kenya blocks the transportation of native baobab trees to a park set up by Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili and the CSTO convenes in Yerevan.

As Abkhazia and Belarus deepen ties, hopes of recognition remain faint

Since Lukashenka’s visit to Abkhazia earlier this year, ties between Abkhazia and Belarus have been growing stronger and more extensive.

Podcast | The fight for democracy in Azerbaijan and revisiting Chiatura

Pro-democracy and labour movements in Azerbaijan and Itkhvisi's continuing collapse.

Rolling blackouts re-introduced in Abkhazia

The power will be switched off for one-hour periods five times per day rotating through different regions of Abkhazia.

Podcast | Ukraine recognises Chechnya's independence and Nagorno-Karabakh's new State Minister

A volunteer fighter from a Chechen battalion in Ukraine discusses Ukraine's recognition of Ichkeria's independence and Tigran Grigoryan talks about Nagorno-Karabakh's internal politics.

Aliyev admits Azerbaijan started the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War

This is the first time the Azerbaijani authorities have openly admitted to starting the 44-day war. 

Podcast | Domestic abuse in the North Caucasus and Stepanakert's mass protest

In this week's episode of the Caucasus Digest, OC Media's staff discuss the escape of four Daghestani women to Georgia from a life of domestic abuse and the mass protest that took place in Stepanakert on 30 October.

Voice | Three months in a Georgian Dream troll factory

Nino, 17, found that working for the ruling party meant fake social media flashmobs, no contracts, and broken promises.

Podcast | A deadly case of homophobia in Armenia and Basilashvili’s acquittal

Mamikon Hovsepyan phones in to discuss the suicide of a young queer Armenian couple in Yerevan, and OC Media's staff discuss Nikoloz Basilashvili's acquittal.

Podcast | Armenia's future in CSTO and Kaladze under fire

OC Media talks about Armenia's relations with CSTO and how Tbilisi's mayor is handling the death of a 13-year-old girl in Vake Park.

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