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January 19, 2020 11:34

  • Rally participants chanting 'Freedom'. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the Caucasian Knot HRW claims restrictions to fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan

    In 2019, the Azerbaijan's authorities continued to maintain rigid control, severely curtailing freedoms of association, expression, and assembly. Some of the persons sentenced on politically motivated charges remained in prisons, and the persecution of critics of the authorities continued, the international human rights organization "Human Rights Watch" (HRW) states in its report.

January 19, 2020 11:19

  • Law enforcers taking part in antiterrorist exercises in Adygea. Photo: NAC press service. NAC reports liquidation of 11 IS* units in Dagestan

    In 2019, in Dagestan, the law enforcement bodies stopped activities of 11 secret units of the "Islamic State" (IS), a terrorist organization banned in Russia by the court. This was reported by Igor Sirotkin, the deputy director of the Russian FSB and the chief of the administration of the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC).

January 19, 2020 11:03

January 18, 2020 18:06

  • Clashes between protesters and policemen in Tbilisi, November 18, 2019. Photo by Inna Kukudzhanova for the Caucasian Knot "Girchi" Party leader refuses to pay fine for participating in picket in Tbilisi

    In Tbilisi, the court imposed a fine on Zurab Djaparidze for participating in a protest action held by supporters of a change in the electoral system. The fine was imposed two months after the protest action had taken place. Zurab Djaparidze accused law enforcers of falsifying materials on his alleged failure to obey to the police. The activist claimed he would not pay a fine.

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  • Mosque in the Hungarian Fighters Street in Makhachkala. Photo by Patimat Makhmudova for the Caucasian Knot Law enforcers tighten document check at “Tangim” Mosque

    During their Friday raid conducted on January 17, 2020, law enforcers demanded documents not only from those who drove away from the “Tangim” Mosque in Makhachkala in their cars, but also from pedestrians. They stopped more people than usual.

January 18, 2020 07:20

  • Russian citizen Sevgiya Ismailova. Screenshot of personal page on Vkontakte social network: Baku police help Ismailova to return her passport

    After escaping from her relatives in Baku, the Russian citizen, Sevgiya Ismailova, is in a shelter of one of the NGOs. On January 17, her relatives, in the presence of policemen, returned Ismailova's documents; she is preparing to return to Russia.

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January 17, 2020 23:19

  • Georgy Kutoyan, the former director of the National Security Service of Armenia. Photo: press service of the National Security Service of Armenia Former head of Armenian NSS found dead

    Georgy Kutoyan, the former director of the National Security Service of Armenia, was found dead with a gunshot wound. This was reported by Naira Arutyunyan, the press secretary for the Investigating Committee of Armenia.

January 17, 2020 21:20

  • Grozny. Photo: Legioner2016 Tour operators express scepticism about idea of dress code for guests of Chechnya

    The recommendations of the Chechen Ministry of Tourism on choosing appropriate clothes when visiting the republic were voiced amid a small interest of tourists in the region, note agents of the travel agencies. Dress code tips for Chechen guests are appropriate, but violating those dress code rules will not create problems for tourists, human rights defenders suggest.

January 17, 2020 18:39

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  • Laura Thornton, NDI's resident director in Georgia. Screenshot from video posted by at: Residents of Georgia voice decrease in confidence in authorities

    According to a survey published by the National Democratic Institute, more than half of Georgian residents consider the activities of the country's authorities as ineffective. The decline in the confidence in the authorities is caused by the deterioration in the economic situation of people, explain political analysts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot".

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  • David Gareja Monastery Complex. Photo: Paata Vardanashvili from Tbilisi, Georgia: person accused of assaulting border guard arrested

    The court has placed Giorgi Ichukaidze, accused of taking a Georgian border guard hostage on the border with Azerbaijan, behind bars. The man explained that he was not going to attack the border guard, but only wanted to drive Azerbaijani law enforcers away from the David Gareja Monastery Complex.

January 17, 2020 11:30

Relatives of Chechen young men shocked by secret verdict

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