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Russia Vs. Georgia: The War That Shook The Caucasus


Saakashvili: Russia Targeted 'Role Model' Georgia In 2008 War

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said that Russia's motive in the five-day war a decade ago was to attack "Georgian statehood.” Commenting on current matters, he said Georgia’s leadership is making the country “very vulnerable.”

Azov Emerging As 'Tinderbox' In Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Sea of Azov, a rich fishing ground in Soviet times that has been of great strategic importance to independent Ukraine, has emerged after months of growing friction as the latest flash point in the four-year conflict between Moscow and Kyiv.

Voices From A Villager’s Garden Before Tajikistan Deadly Attack

A global cycling adventure for a couple from Washington ended in a deadly attack claimed by Islamic militants in Tajikistan. The pair took respite in a village garden and were full of joy the day before the attack.

Kosovar, Serbian-American Officers Team Up In Kosovo

The commander is Serbian-American, the captain is Kosovar-American. They work together to set an example as peacekeepers in Kosovo.


U.S. Identifies Russians Detained On Fraud, Money-Laundering Allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on August 6 that Russian nationals Kirill Dedusev, Aleksei Livadny, Nikolai Tupikin, and Stanislav Lisitsky had been arrested by the FBI last week on suspicion of money laundering and fraud.

Eleven OSCE Countries Call On Russia To Withdraw From Georgian Territories

An unofficial group of countries calling themselves “friends of Georgia” has published a letter on the 10-year anniversary of the Russian invasion calling on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Georgian territories and withhold recognition of the self-declared independent states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The signatories are Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the U.S. (Russian Service)

Fourth Resident Of Russia's Altai Charged With Social-Media Extremism

A fourth resident of Russia's Altai region in Siberia has been charged with inciting hatred via posts on the Internet.

Russian Central Election Commission OKs Referendum On Pension Reform

Russia’s Central Election Commission announced on August 8 that it is prepared to hold a referendum on pension reform, but “initiative” groups proposing the poll must first satisfy onerous requirements before a date can be set, including establishing regional chapters across the Federation and collecting 2 million signatures. (in Russian, Current Time TV)

Navalny Calls For Mass Rallies Against Pension Reform

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has called for mass demonstrations across Russia to protest a government plan to raise the retirement age, scheduling the rallies for September 9, the day Russia is holding local elections.

Kyiv Considers Closing Rail Connections With Moscow

Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure has told local media that Kyiv is considering shutting down a railway connection between Ukraine and Moscow. Whether other rail links between the two countries could face closure is unclear. In February, it was reported that the railway’s most profitable routes are between Kyiv and Moscow and Odesa and Moscow. Ukraine suspended direct flights with Russia in 2015. (Ukrainian Service)

'Release Sentsov' Banner Displayed In Moscow Amid Reports Of Hunger Striker's Failing Health

On the 87th day of Ukrainian film-maker Oleh Sentsov’s hunger strike, a large banner demanding his immediate release and that of other political prisoners in Russia has been displayed in downtown Moscow.

Imprisoned Azerbaijani Blogger Attends Mother's Funeral

Mehman Huseynov, an anticorruption blogger in custody in Azerbaijan, was allowed to attend his mother's funeral on August 7. Huseynov is serving a two-year sentence after being convicted of libel when he said he had been beaten by police in January 2017.

Five Belarusian Journalists Remain In Custody After Police Raids

Five Belarusian journalists, all women, remain in custody after police detained them on August 7, accusing them of illegally obtaining information from the state-run news agency, BelTA.

Kosovo, Serbia Willing To Consider Border Changes

Senior government officials in Kosovo and Serbia have indicated a willingness to consider border changes as part of a peace process aimed at ending a dispute over Kosovo’s independence that has hampered both countries’ accession to the European Union.

Tajikistan Urged To Stop 'Vicious' Retaliation Against Activists' Relatives

Human rights groups have called on the Tajik government to lift a "politically motivated travel ban" on an independent activist's family, and put an end to its "vicious campaign of intimidation" against dissidents' relatives.

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