Sleeping in cockroach-infested rooms, or braving the winter cold on the street, life has not been easy for Georgians seeking asylum in France.
Since 2017, the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organisation has been banned in Russia — branded and ‘extremist sect’. With arrests and prosecutions taking place throughout the country since, the authorities have now turned their eyes to Daghestan, and after raids throughout the republic, four members are now on trial. [Read more…]
Death metal band Vader’s attempted performance at the State Puppet Theatre has sparked debate over the limits of free speech in Armenia.
Residents of two villages in southern Georgia are suing the government for transferring land they have used for decades to the Georgian Orthodox Church. They claim the lands are vital for them to sustain their families, but local church officials — who plan to build a monastery in the predominantly Muslim area — don’t share their concerns. [Read more…]
The trial of ex-President Robert Kocharyan, which began on 12 September, has been rocked by tumult with competing protests and the recent death of a key witness. [Read more…]
Illegal high-rises have mushroomed in Makhachkala, the capital of Daghestan— the fruit of a corrupt process two decades in the making. [Read more…]
With some of the highest tuition fees in the region but low performance, critics say Azerbaijan’s education system doesn’t make the grade. [Read more…]
Mystery drugs, bad food, unknown rules, and a complete absence of clocks. Patients at the Narcological Dispensary in Nalchik report living in a Kafkaesque nightmare. [Read more…]
New police units are to be created in Baku with the aim of fighting ‘cases contradictory to public morality’, especially sex-work. Critics say that this may be a cover for further state interference with independent social and political life.
The problem of forced and underage marriage is endemic in Azerbaijan, and experts say that purely legislative changes have done little to address it.