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

Chechen man hailed as unlikely hero of Russia’s Navalny protests

Footage of a 20-year-old Chechen student fighting off Moscow riot police has been widely shared on social media.

Child safe after hostage crisis in Yerevan resolved 

The man surrendered to police after several hours of negotiation with Armenia’s Chief of Police. 

Gakharia’s support as PM skyrockets in new NDI poll

The Georgian Prime Minister saw his approval rating increase from 32% to 46%, with only 17% saying he was performing poorly.

Georgia delays reopening economy

Plans to lift coronavirus restrictions starting from 1 February will, for the most part, be delayed.

Strasbourg court rules Russia has ‘effective control’ over Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that following the 2008 August War, Russia has exercised ‘effective control’ over the two territories.

Elderly ‘domik’ resident freezes to death in Armenia

The 70-year-old woman was living alone in a makeshift ‘domik’ home in the city of Gyumri. 

Bloggers arrested in ‘$3.5 million pyramid scheme’ in Kabardino-Balkaria

The authorities say the suspects scammed over 600 people from Kabardino-Balkaria and beyond.

Azerbaijani soldiers’ fund marred by forced donation allegations

Donations to the YASHAT fund are meant to be voluntary, but allegations have emerged of state employees being forced to donate. 

Azerbaijan starts rolling out China’s Sinovac vaccine

Since the first case was registered in February, 227,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Azerbaijan, with almost 3,000 having passed away. 

Arrested Daghestani exorcist claims he was ‘kidnapped and tortured’

Ibragim Ibalayev is a well-known exorcist in Daghestan with a large Instagram following.

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