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Apr 23 2014, 16:18

Armenian Prime Minister speaks out against implementation of pension reform in its current form

Ovik Abramyan, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Armenia, has stated that in the country, the mandatory component of the pension reform is suspended until the adoption of the legislative package complying with the requirements of the Constitutional Court (CC). This was reported on the official website of the Armenian government.

Armenia, South Caucasus &gt; Politics, Society

Participant of the action against the pension reform holds a poster "I'm against the mandatory component". Yerevan, April 18, 2014. Photo by Armine Martirosyan for the "Caucasian Knot"
Apr 23 2014, 15:34; CK correspondent

In Azerbaijan, defence of journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov accused of treason appeals against his arrest

In Azerbaijan, the defence has challenged the arrest of Rauf Mirkadyrov, accused of treason. International human rights organizations and public activists of the country expressed their doubts about the grounds for charges against the journalist and called to release him.

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

Rauf Mirkadyrov. Photo: RFE/RL
Apr 23 2014, 05:12; CK correspondent

South Ossetian NGOs speak out against term of "foreign agent" in Law on NGOs

In South Ossetia, members of NGOs speak out against the use of the term "foreign agent" in the laws. People will find it difficult to understand the difference between an "agent" and a "spy". This opinion was expressed by Dina Alborova, the leader of the Agency for Socio-Economic and Cultural Development.

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

Apr 23 2014, 06:22; CK correspondent

In Sochi, police investigate discharge of construction waste in Tsanyk Creek

Persons, who have organized discharge of construction waste in the Tsanyk Creek in Sochi, will be brought to administrative and criminal responsibility. This was reported by the police. The protocol against persons guilty of breaking rules of improvement and sanitary maintenance was transferred to the administrative commission. This was reported by the Khosta administration.

Krasnodar region, South Federal District &gt; Crime, Economics, Incidents, Nature And Ecology, Price of Olympics, Society

The police and environmental  activists at the place of discharge of construction waste in Tsanyk Creek. Sochi, Izobilnaya Street, April 18, 2014. Photo by Vladimir Kimaev, http://ewnc.org/node/13952
Apr 23 2014, 07:06

In Kuschevskaya, court pronounces verdict in case of organized criminal grouping

The Kuschevskaya District Court found four local residents, members of an organized criminal grouping, guilty of serious crimes. They were sentenced to 7-14 years of imprisonment.

Krasnodar region, South Federal District &gt; Crime, Society

The Cossack village of Kuschevskaya. Photo by the press service of the administration of the village of Kuschevskaya of the Kuschevskaya District, http://www.adm-kushevskaya.ru/
Apr 23 2014, 07:46

Two Dagestani districts put under CTO regime

On Wednesday morning, a regime of counterterrorist operation (CTO) was introduced in the Derbent and Tabasaran Districts of Dagestan. This was reported by the operational headquarters of Dagestan.

Dagestan, North Caucasus, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Conflicts, Crime

Law enforcer during the CTO regime in Dagestan. 2014. Photo by NAC, http://nac.gov.ru/
Apr 22 2014, 19:11

Moscow court sentences journalist Boris Stomakhin to 6.5 years of imprisonment

Boris Stomakhin, a founder of the newsletter "Radical Politics", who had served a sentence for providing informational help to websites supporting militants in Chechnya, has been sentenced by the Court to 6.5 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony. Upon completion of his sentence, Boris Stomakhin will be prohibited from working as a journalist.

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

Boris Stomakhin. Photo from the personal page at vk.com
Apr 22 2014, 15:20; CK correspondent

In Dagestan, new director of Kizlyar Cognac Factory is appointed, local sources report

In Dagestan, a new director of the Kizlyar Cognac Factory has been appointed. This was reported by Nikolai Spirin, Cossack Chieftain of the Kizlyar Special Near-Border District of the Lower Terek Cossack Army. According to his story, Oleg Artukhov became the company's director.

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

In the territory of the Kizlyar Cognac Factory. Dagestan, February 2014. Photo by Patimat Makhmudova for the "Caucasian Knot"
Apr 22 2014, 22:13; CK correspondent

Power agents conduct targeted checks in Dagestani village of Andi

In the village of Andi, Botlikh District of Dagestan, a special operation took place aimed to find supporters of members of illegal armed formations (IAFs), said the head of the village Arslanali Alikhanov.

Dagestan, North Caucasus, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Conflicts, Crime, Society

Apr 22 2014, 11:49; CK correspondent

Dagestan: builders of Gotsatlin HPP stage protest demanding payment of wages

About 160 workers involved in the construction of the Gotsatlin Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) on the Avar Koisu River in Dagestan went on strike demanding payment of their 2-month wage debts.

Dagestan, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Economics, Human rights, Society

Apr 22 2014, 13:51

In Yessentuki, policemen seize IED from ex-military man's car

In Yessentuki, policemen have detained ex-military man, in whose car they found an improvised explosive device (IED) with electric detonator. According to the preliminary information, the bomb power was about one kilogram of TNT (trotyl) equivalent.

North-Caucasian Federal District, Stavropol region &gt; Conflicts, Crime, Incidents

Yessentuki. Photo http://www.essentuki.ru/
Apr 22 2014, 12:56; CK correspondent

ICRF: Dagestani investigators identify suspected assassinator of Musa Islavov

The investigating authorities of Dagestan have identified a suspected assassinator of Musa Islavov, a Deputy (MP) of the People's Assembly of Dagestan. This was reported by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

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

Musa Islavov. Photo: the officail site of the People's Assembly of Dagestan, http://nsrd.ru/
Apr 22 2014, 11:50; CK correspondent

Supporters of arrested "Nida" activists dispersed in Baku

On Tuesday, in the capital of Azerbaijan, policemen have dispersed a group of supporters of the arrested activists of the movement "Nida", who gathered near the building of the Baku Court of Grave Crimes. The Court has listened to the final speeches delivered by advocates in the case against the activists.

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

Policemen dispersed a group of supporters of the arrested activists of the movement "Nida", who gathered near the building of the Baku Court of Grave Crimes. Baku, April 22, 2014. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the "Caucasian Knot"
Apr 22 2014, 09:10

Moscow MIA: native of Northern Caucasus opens fire in metro on four Belarusians

At night of April 22, in a Moscow metro train, a native of Northern Caucasus opened fire from a traumatic pistol on four citizens of Belarus. This was reported by the press service of the Chief Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for Moscow. As a result of the incident, one of the Belarusian citizens was heavily wounded in his head.

Chechnya, North-Caucasian Federal District, Russia &gt; Crime, Incidents, Society

Police in metro. Photo by the press service of the Chief Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for Moscow, http://petrovka38.ru/
Apr 22 2014, 09:55; CK correspondent

Grozny residents are forced to go to subbotniks to clean city on eve of May Day celebrations

On the eve of May holidays, the authorities of the Chechen capital organized weekly Saturday works (subbotniks) to clean the city streets of garbage. Local entrepreneurs complain that the responsibilities of public utilities were shifted to their shoulders, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports.

Chechnya, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Society

Saturday works (subbotnik) in Grozny, April 2014. Photo by the press service of the city administration of Grozny, http://www.grozmer.ru/news/1769-subotnik.html
Apr 22 2014, 07:38

MfE: earthquake in Northern Caucasus was felt in KBR and North Ossetia

In Northern Caucasus, the earthquake was felt in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) and North Ossetia. This was reported by the Departments for the KBR and North Ossetia of the Ministries for Emergencies (MfE).

Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Caucasus, North Ossetia - Alania, North-Caucasian Federal District &gt; Incidents, Nature And Ecology, Society

Kabardino-Balkaria, the town of Terek of the Tersk District. Photo by the press service of the Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs of KBR, http://mtsrkbr.org.ru/passport-kcsonter.html#!prettyPhoto[1]/0/
Apr 21 2014, 22:26; CK correspondent

Armenians left Kesab to escape from Syrian government troops, oppositionists assert

The blame for the conflict in Syria is on the country's government; and the Syrian Free Army fights against both Bashar Assad's troops and radicals, while the population Kesab left their homes, fearing bombings of Syrian aviation. This was stated by the participants of the roundtable "Syria's Road Map in Transition Period" held on April 17 in Moscow.

Armenia, Russia, South Caucasus &gt; Conflicts, Politics

Armenians from Kesab in Latakia. Syria, March 26, 2014. Photo: Tevan J. Poghosyan, Edmon Marukyan, Arman Sahakyan, Levon Martirosyan, Naira Karapetyan, Farmanyan Samvel, https://www.facebook.com/tevan.poghosyan
Apr 21 2014, 10:51; CK correspondent

Resident of Volgograd Region, accused of setting fire to drilling rigs near Khopyor River, rams the gate of geologists' base

On April 20, Mikhail Boyarischev, a resident of the Volgograd Region, the defendant in the case of arson of drilling rigs in the Novokhopyorsk District of the Voronezh Region, drove his car into the gate of the geologists' camp located in the Sorokin Field.

Russia, South Federal District, Volgograd region &gt; Crime, Economics, Incidents, Nature And Ecology, Society

The gate of the geologists' camp located in the Sorokin Field. Voronezh Region, April 20, 2014. Photo: the movement "In Defence of Khopyor", © 2014 Save Khoper!, http://savekhoper.ru/

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