Analysts note that legal moves look like political retaliation and could alienate allies in the EU and US.
Although deal may be close, suspicions linger about real aim of purported relief effort.
Baku accused of exploiting rising violence to charge dissidents with treason.
Sochi meeting comes amid rising tensions and worst violence in two decades.
People hunt for increasingly scarce food in the shops, and dive into Soviet-era bomb shelters when the artillery opens up.
Analysts say rising number of prosecutions indicate a concerted campaign against NGO sector.
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In Kazakstan, ArcelorMittal Temirtau, the country's largest mining company, enjoyed state support for decades. But the death of 46 miners in October brought this backing to an end. Meanwhile, in Uzbekistan, Tajik nationals serving sentences on espionage charges in Uzbek prisons ask for a review of their cases.
Elsewhere, CABAR gets a unique insight into two of the eight Catholic nunneries still operating in northern Kazakstan.
Journalists need training and support to properly cover war crimes trials.
Some women face Adana's male-dominated traffic chaos for a living.
Recent murder highlights widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTI people.