Vaccine scepticism means just under a third of the Russian population is vaccinated and the government admitted last week that it had “lost the information campaign” to persuade its people to take the pandemic seriously.
Moscow’s move comes amid high tensions as Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey flex muscles with military exercises.
Azerbaijan and close ally Turkey set to hold “Indestructible Brotherhood” military drills in Azerbaijani exclave Nakhchivan in seeming response to Iranian manoeuvres.
Tehran, peeved at military exercises involving Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani forces, appears to have resorted to sabre-rattling.
A case filed by Armenia against Azerbaijan in the International Court of Justice could have significant implications for the conflict. And it carries risks for both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Geneticists say the popular vegetable was first domesticated in the region.
Villagers endure loss of livestock that wander across new frontier and frustration of knowing that reaching the rest of their country by road means crossing into Azerbaijan.
Representative of Iranian supreme leader warns Azerbaijan to not “play with the lion’s tail”.
With relatively few true success stories in the fight against corruption in emerging Europe, the efforts of the Romanian DNA to bring corrupt officials to book remain one of the few shining lights of the anti-corruption struggle in the region.
Tactic may be designed to up pressure on Yerevan to permit a route that would enable Azerbaijanis to reach their Nakhchivan exclave via Armenian territory.
The move appears to be part of a steadily increasing effort by Baku to exert control over the road in southern Armenia that passes through pockets of Azerbaijan-controlled territory.
Behind the scenes with an American negotiator who helped forge a radical new level of US engagement in Central Asia after 9/11.
Baku has been increasingly airing public criticisms of Moscow over the post-war order, which have been exacerbated by the lack of a formal mandate for the Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh.
Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.
Using foul language or “hurting the dignity” of public figures could lead to up to three months in jail.
Drought hits main grain-producing regions, pushing up food prices and forcing Iran to import wheat for first time in five years.
Inflation is further stifling weak demand, putting the central bank in a bind.
For decades Azerbaijan denounced Armenian irredentism. Now it is advancing expansionary territorial claims of its own as it seeks to impose peace on its terms.
Clashes in the wake of last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh war have become more frequent in recent months.
Investment bank Renaissance Capital says central banks in the region have been more hawkish than expected, following a series of rate hikes.