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Apr 19 2014, 20:44; CK correspondent

Journalist Mirkadyrov deported from Turkey disappears in the process

The Azeri journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov, deported from Turkey and placed to the flight Ankara-Baku, disappeared in the capital of Azerbaijan. Prior to leaving Ankara, Mirkadyrov managed to report that he was deported under the request of the authorities of Azerbaijan, and he could be arrested in Baku.

Azerbaijan, South Caucasus &gt; Human rights, Incidents, Society

Apr 19 2014, 19:44; CK correspondent

Woman from Nalchik claims policemen tortured her husband

Zuleikhat Ozova, a resident of Nalchik, has appealed to the Investigating Committee of Russia, the Ombudsperson for the KBR, the Human Rights Centre of the KBR and the HRC "Memorial", saying that policemen beat up her husband Beslan Ozov and forced to self-incrimination.

Kabardino-Balkaria, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Crime, Human rights, Society

Apr 19 2014, 19:37; CK correspondent

North-Irish model is inapplicable to Karabakh, experts say

The model that was used in Northern Ireland cannot be applied to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, state the experts who have presented in Stepanakert a magazine "Public Participatory and Multi-Channel Diplomacy Mechanisms in Peace Processes: Lessons of Northern Ireland".

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh, South Caucasus &gt; Conflicts, Politics, Society

Apr 19 2014, 17:33

"EcoWatch": Sochi activists prevent discharge of construction waste into a stream

As reported by the "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus" (EcoWatch), in Sochi activists prevented unloading of construction waste into a water course.

Krasnodar region, South Federal District &gt; Nature And Ecology, Society

Apr 19 2014, 16:19; CK correspondent

Organizers of Extraordinary Congress of Nations of Dagestan state the event was disrupted by police

Today in Makhachkala, policemen did not allow holding the Extraordinary Congress of Nations of Dagestan, said Ruslan Rasulov, a public activist and a member of the organizing committee of the congress.

Dagestan, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Incidents, Politics, Society

Member of organizing committee of the Extraordinary Congress of Nations of Dagestan, public activist Ruslan Rasulov. Makhachkala, April 19, 2014. Photo by Patimat Makhmudova for the ‘Caucasian Knot’.
Apr 19 2014, 11:25; CK correspondent

Nalchik has no environment for invalids' full communion and free movement, their relatives assert

Nalchik residents with disabilities lack the barrier-free environment and space for full-fledged communion, state their relatives and social workers, who took part in the roundtable on situation with invalids in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR).

Kabardino-Balkaria, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Human rights, Society

Apr 19 2014, 10:37

Georgian President pardons 95 prisoners by the Easter

President of Georgia has signed a pardoning decree in the context of the Orthodox Easter. In total, Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned 95 inmates. All the pardoned persons will be released today.

Georgia, South Caucasus &gt; Crime, Politics, Society

Apr 19 2014, 07:53; CK correspondent

Roundtable in Pyatigorsk discusses growing conflicts among students of Dagestan and Stavropol Territory

The participants of the interregional round table "Preventing Conflicts among Students of Dagestan and Stavropol Territory: New Approaches", held on April 16 in Pyatigorsk, discussed ways to prevent interethnic conflicts and issues of combating extremism among young people, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports.

Dagestan, North-Caucasian Federal District, Stavropol region &gt; Conflicts, Interethnic relations, Politics, Society

Apr 19 2014, 01:53; CK correspondent

Armenia: DEM.AM demands from President to perform his constitutional duties

In Yerevan, about five thousand people took part in the protest action, organized by the initiative group DEM.AM outside the residence of the President of Armenia with a demand to guarantee enforcement of the decision of the Constitutional Court (CC) on the new pension system.

Armenia, South Caucasus &gt; Economics, Human rights, Politics, Society

Participants of action against pension reform holding banners with the portrait of the Constitutional Court judge Felix Tokhyan. The banner says: “CC decision, clause 6: those who doesn’t want to pay can’t by obliged to do it”, “Tokhyan, we are with you!”. Yerevan, April 9, 2014. Photo by Armine Martirosyan for the ‘Caucasian Knot’.
Apr 19 2014, 01:05

State Duma adopts tougher counterterrorism measures in second reading

On April 18, the bill aimed at tightening the anti-terrorism legislation was adopted in the second reading by 348 Russian State Duma MPs. The third reading is scheduled for April 22, says the website of the Duma.

North Caucasus, North-Caucasian Federal District, Russia &gt; Conflicts, Crime, Human rights, Politics, Society

Law enforcement officers and by-passers at the unsanctioned rally in support of Said Amirov in the centre of Makhachkala. April 12, 2014. Photo by Patimat Makhmudova for the ‘Caucasian Knot’.
Apr 18 2014, 21:27; CK correspondent

Azerbaijan: parents of "Nida" activists intend to go on hunger strike on April 20

Starting from April 20, parents of detained and tried activists of the Azerbaijani "Nida" movement will go on hunger strike in protest against the prosecutor's demand to sentence their sons to long terms of imprisonment, ranging from 6.5 to 8.5 years. The parents believe that their sons are innocent and are being persecuted for political reasons.

Azerbaijan, South Caucasus &gt; Crime, Politics, Society

Apr 18 2014, 16:23

MIA: man who shelled policemen shot dead in KBR

On April 18, in the city of Nalchik, unidentified man opened fire at policemen who tried to check his documents, says the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR). He was shot dead by response fire, while none of the policemen was hurt.

Kabardino-Balkaria, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Conflicts, Crime, Society

Law enforcement officers. Photo: Extradepartmental Protection Directorate of Internal Affairs Department for the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, http://uvokbr.ru
Apr 18 2014, 15:14; CK correspondent

Removed Astrakhan Mayor Stolyarov refuses to plead guilt of bribe-taking

On April 18, the Kirov District Court of Astrakhan began considering the criminal case against the removed City Mayor Mikhail Stolyarov, accused of taking a bribe. The court listened to the prosecution, while the defendant has refused to plead guilty.

Astrakhan region, South Federal District &gt; Crime, Politics, Society

Removed Mayor of Astrakhan Mikhail Stolyarov at the Kirov District Court. Astrakhan, April 18, 2014. Photo by Elena Grebenyuk for the ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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