Last month, the self-declared independent republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) lowered its flag, opting to dissolve all state institutions following a months-long blockade by Azerbaijani forces that brought about an acute humanitarian crisis among its predominantly ethnic Armenian population. The republic’s demise was the culmination of decades of tension and periods of conflict between Azerbaijan [...]
The European Court of Human Rights on Friday ordered Russia to pay approximately 130 million euros ($143 million) in compensation to Georgia, almost 15 years after the war in the South Caucasus. The case concerned allegations by the Georgian government that administrative practices by the Russian Federation amounted to breaches of the European Convention on Human [...]
Georgia’s governing coalition Thursday agreed to withdraw a controversial ‘foreign agent’ bill after large civilian and international protests, according to an official Facebook page. The ruling Georgian Dream Party said they were in agreement with their partners in “unconditionally” withdrawing support for the bill. The post placed blame for the bill’s withdraw on the “machine [...]
The International Criminal Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber I (ICC) on Thursday issued arrest warrants for three men accused of having committed war crimes during the Russia-Georgia war in 2008. Russian nationals Mikhail Mayramovich Mindzaev and Gamlet Guchmazov, along with Georgian national David Georgiyevich Sanakoev have been charged with various war crimes. The charges include illegal detention, torture [...]
President of South Ossetia Alan Gagloev Monday suspended a referendum intended to determine whether the Georgian breakaway region would join Russia. The referendum was scheduled to occur on July 17. South Ossetia borders Russia in the northern portion of Georgia. The region was at the center of the Russo-Georgian War in 2008, shortly after which [...]
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday held Russia responsible for several breaches of the European Convention of Human Rights following its 2008 five-day armed conflict with Georgia. Georgia and Russia have a history of tensions between them, which escalated on August 7, 2008, when Georgia claims it sent its troops [...]
In a hearing before the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday, the Georgia government accused Russia of committing war crimes and human rights violations during the 2008 conflict . Georgia’s government accused Russia of more than 100 air assaults in Georgian territory. It cited evidence to show that Russia “carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks,” [...]
In a periodic report published on Friday, the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concern about the racist speech used by politicians and neo-Nazi groups in Russia. According to the report,...
The Russian Supreme Court on Monday upheld its ruling ordering the disbanding of the Jehovah's Witnesses. In denying an appeal by the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Supreme Court affirmed that their previous ruling will remain...
The Russia Supreme Court on Thursday granted the Russian government's request to ban the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group. The court ruled that the group is an "extremist organization" and outlawed their activities in...