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

Hostages freed after tense standoff in Tbilisi

The hostage taker is in police custody, no deaths or injuries have been reported. 

Chechen ‘torture victim’ deported from France to Russia and immidiately arrested

Magomed Gadaev was immediately detained on his arrival at the request of the Chechen authorities.

Asylum seeker deported from Germany ‘disappeared’ in Chechnya

On the second day after the deportation, Russian security officials in Chechnya kidnapped a man. He is being held at the base of the security unit.

Russia’s killing of teen shepherds ‘unlawful’, court rules

The Gasanguseynov brothers, aged 17 and 19, were shot dead by Russian security forces in August 2016 near their home village.

Armenia’s top court dismisses Kocharyan case as ‘unconstitutional’ 

The criminal trial of Armenia’s second president comes to an abrupt end without delivering a verdict.

Former Chechen security official tells story of extrajudicial executions

A former employee of the Chechen Interior Ministry and an alleged witness to extrajudicial executions told his story to Novaya Gazeta. 

One person killed during ‘counter-terrorist operation’ in Daghestan

The special Counter-Terrorist Operation regime was in force for much of Thursday in the Makhachkala’s Sovietsky district.

Alleged plot against Chechen dissident’s brother uncovered in Germany

The brother of the target of the alleged assassination plot identified Ramzan Kadyrov’s cousin as the plot's mastermind. 

Bera Ivanishvili refuses to deny authenticity of secret recordings

Bera Ivanishvili remained unrepentant after the broadcast of conversations he had with the PM in which they discuss sending men to threaten critics.

Live updates: Women detained in Baku as Caucasus markes International Women’s Day

Women across the Caucasus are marking International Women’s Day.

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