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  Putin relaxes ban on Sochi protests Map of Sochi  The Russian authorities are to set up a special zone for protest rallies at the Sochi Winter Olympics, where security will be tight Gay rights campaigners petition IOC over Russia's Sochi Olympics   Switzerland: A 320,000-signature petition protesting Russia's stance on gay rights ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi was presented to Olympic bosses Georgia approves prisoner amnesty  The Georgian parliament has approved the release of around 3,000 prisoners and shorter terms for thousands more 'Hooligan' satirists jailed  Azerbaijan: Two satirical bloggers who staged an interview with a donkey were sent to prison, following a two-month trial for assault Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia Map of Ingushetia Russia
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B. 2016-02-01 Chechnya's Kadyrov puts Putin critic Kasyanov in gunsights Chechnya
2. 2015-04-26 Russia jails three women over twerking video Novorossiysk, North Caucasus
2014-02-19 Video shows Pussy Riot members 'beaten by Cossacks' Sochi
4. 2014-02-18 Pussy Riot stars detained for hotel theft at Sochi
F. 2014-01-04 Putin relaxes ban on Sochi protests Sochi
6. 2013-01-12 Georgia approves prisoner amnesty Georgia
H. 2009-11-11 'Hooligan' satirists jailed Azerbaijan
8. 2008-08-31 Kremlin critic shot in Ingushetia Ingushetia, North Caucasus

Pussy Riot stars detained for hotel theft at Sochi Map of Hotel Adler Sochi Russia
Chechnya's Kadyrov puts Putin critic Kasyanov in gunsights  Ramzan Kadyrov has posted an Instagram video showing Russian opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov in a sniper's crosshairs Russia jails three women over twerking video Map of Novorossiysk Russia  North Caucasus: A Russian court has jailed three women for performing a twerking dance in front of a World War Two memorial Video shows Pussy Riot members 'beaten by Cossacks' Map of Sochi

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  Sochi: Members of the punk band are being beaten by security officials as they tried to film a music video at the city that is hosting the Winter Olympics
  Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained, after being considered suspects in a theft at their hotel, and then released


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  North Caucasus: Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of an internet site critical of the Russian authorities in the volatile region has been shot dead in police custody

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Nov.7   Georgia under state of emergency
  President Saakashvili has declared a 15-day, nationwide state of emergency after police broke up a sixth day of opposition protests

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Oct.5 Russia turns screw on Georgians  Russia has ordered a crackdown on Georgian-owned businesses as part of the escalating diplomatic dispute

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Nov.26 US condemns Azeri rally policing
  Washington: The US has censured the use of force to disperse crowds in Baku who were protesting about parliamentary elections Police break up mass rally
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  Azerbaijan: Police in Baku have used truncheons, tear gas and water cannon to disperse a protest over the election results

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Jan.15 Pledge on Chechen human rights  Chechnya: Moscow will prosecute troops charged with abuses and narrow the gap between complaints and court cases

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