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Is Georgia still safe for Azerbaijani dissidents?

Georgia has long been an oasis for dissidents from neighbouring Azerbaijan. But with Baku investing in its western neighbour at record levels, are they still safe?

How Azerbaijan is losing its brains

Educated young people in Azerbaijan see few prospects for work at home  and even fewer if they’re critically-minded. Русский

Long live the Azerbaijani diaspora!

Baku is going to great lengths to mobilise, or even create, an international Azerbaijani diaspora. To what end? Русский

Chechens alienated amidst gay persecutions

News of mass arrests, detentions and murders of LGBT people in Chechnya has spread around the globe. The outrage prompts this Chechen journalist to reflect on his people’s place in the world.

“Brothers, be careful. Don’t meet up in Grozny”

After fleeing Chechnya, four gay men spoke to me about bribery, secret meetings and their plans to return home when the region’s brutal anti-LGBT campaign comes to an end. Русский

საქართველოს ახალი კონსტიტუცია აკავებს ნამდვილ ცვლილებას

საქართველოს კონსტიტუციაში ლიბერტარიანული პრინციპების განმტკიცებით, მმართველ პარტიას სურს შეინარჩუნოს მცირე მთავრობა და კიდევ უფრო მცირე სივრცე თანასწორობის პოლიტიკისთვის. English

Georgia’s new constitution keeps real change in check

FullSizeRender.jpgBy reinforcing libertarian principles in Georgia’s constitution, the ruling party aims to keep government small — and the space for egalitarian politics even smaller. ქართული

“It all comes down to the fact that I’m wearing the hijab”

The realities of political administration in Russia’s North Caucasus are leaving their mark on the education system. Русский

Гагик Царукян возвращается

Перед парламентскими выборами в Армении один из самых колоритных публичных персонажей возвращается в политику. Кто такой Гагик Царукян - и какова его политическая позиция? English

Behind Azerbaijan’s facades

In Azerbaijan, power is strictly a family business. RU

Convert and love: Russia’s Muslim wives

Russian women marrying Muslim men convert to Islam in the certainty that a shared religion will strengthen their family. Nevertheless, cultural differences often win out — and Russian Muslims’ world remains closed to converts. RU

Love, North Caucasus style

In the North Caucasus, traditional and modern expectations of relationships are more chequered than a patchwork quilt. Here’s how young couples negotiate them. Русский

In Georgia, labour exploitation still pays

In striving for a “business-friendly environment”, the Georgian government is further eroding labour rights. Workers have taken to the streets in response.

The decorative deputies of the North Caucasus

As a recent scandal in the North Caucasus shows, there are jobs for the boys at all levels of Russia’s power vertical. Русский

Северный Кавказ: декоративные депутаты

На Северном Кавказе депутаты - это декорация. На местах в своих интересах работают князьки – клановые наместники глав республик. Это противоречит Конституции, но за тех, кто пытается выступать в защиту закона, не вступается и ФСБ.

Fighting back against Georgia’s war on drugs

Georgia’s draconian laws against narcotics are in the spotlight, as activists take to the streets and demand an end to the criminalisation of drug users.

Tbilisi’s Panorama project is urban boosterism at its worst

A massive new construction project overlooking Georgia’s capital reveals the true extent of an oligarch’s grip on politics — and Tbilisi’s struggle to become a city for all its people.

The fate of Georgian dreams

Amid widespread apathy and corruption, Georgia’s democracy faces all too familiar obstacles.

Двадцать пять лет постмодерна на Кавказе

С падения Советской власти в Армении, Грузии и Азербайджане прошло четверть века. Где регион сейчас и что возможно в будущем? English

Making do with the crew

In the aftermath of parliamentary elections, can Georgia build a more stable political culture?

On 25 years of postmodernity in the South Caucasus

A quarter century since the collapse of Soviet rule in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, where is the region now and what can come next? RU

Georgia’s politics of piety

Georgia’s church is independent of the state. How long before the state can free itself from the church?

Who owns women’s bodies in Dagestan?

A recent scandal over female genital mutilation reveals how, for Russia’s Muslims, “universal values” are just another instrument of a repressive regime. RU

Book review: Veiled and unveiled in Chechnya and Dagestan

This new book aims to “unveil” society in Chechnya and Dagestan — instead, it’s a perfect guide of how not to write about the North Caucasus.

Ossetians in Georgia, with their backs to the mountains

In the shadow of conflicts past and present, Ossetians and Georgians have found ways to coexist. Twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR, how do they fit into the post-Soviet story?

Georgia at the crossroads

Georgia's visa liberalisation process with the European Union could be delayed. This is bad news for a fragile democracy.

Georgia: the exiles’ election

Twenty five years after the separatist wars that shook Georgia, 265,000 displaced people still struggle to make ends meet — and their voices heard. 

Breaking the cycle: ending underage marriage in Georgia

Every year, girls across Georgia become wives and mothers before their 18th birthday. How should the country address underage marriages? Русский

 

“Karabakh rules Armenia”

Shots have been fired over Nagorno-Karabakh, and leaders in Baku and Yerevan demand national unity. But behind the patriotic hysteria is a cry for social justice.

Karabakh: the view from Georgia

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Renewed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh have put Georgia’s Armenian and Azeri communities in a delicate situation. But despite tensions, they are finding new ways to coexist during conflict.

Checking your sources in Nagorno-Karabakh

When war in Nagorno-Karabakh flares up again, researchers, reporters, and journalists need to be careful not to feed either side’s propaganda machine. But this is easier said than done.

Terrorism and Russia’s power vertical

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Russia has been conducting a war on terror for 15 years. No wonder counter-terror is a part of the country’s system of governance. RU

Walking the line

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Plans for a new Euro-Caspian pipeline will solidify the west's dependence on fossil fuels and authoritarian regimes. This new documentary shows why we should stop and think.

Life slows down in Chiatura

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The mining town of Chiatura in western Georgia has already been cursed with poor conditions and self-serving owners. Now they’ve “temporarily” closed down the mines.

 

2016: Unsteady ground for Armenian media

Protecting sources at risk, self-censorship and poor financing — Armenia has no shortage of obstacles for its journalists to overcome in 2016. Русский

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