Friday, March 06, 2015



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow on March 5.

Russian Defense Ministry: IS Poses Threat To Tajikistan

In comments that are sure to exacerbate ever-growing fears of militancy in Central Asia, Russia's deputy defense minister has warned that militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan pose a threat to Tajikistan. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Video The Daily Vertical: Navalny After Nemtsov

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

While Karachayevo-Cherkessia's economy is flourishing under young and personable republic head Rashid Temrezov, there are two trends that mar the image of the republic as the poster child of the North Caucasus.

Is Another Miscarriage Of Justice Imminent In Karachayevo-Cherkessia?

In many respects, Karachayevo-Cherkessia is the poster child among the republics of the North Caucasus. But one trend that mars this picture is the apparent lack of professionalism and objectivity of the republic's courts. More

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Ukraine Unspun

New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17

The Russian Investigative Committee says it has a "sincere" witness who claims a Ukrainian jet took down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. But other emerging evidence further supports the widely accepted theory that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile fired from separatist-held territory. More

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Muslim men pray at a mosque in the Tajik village of Nurabad on the holy day of Eid al-Adha.

A Pyrrhic Victory In Tajik Parliamentary Elections

Last week's defeat for the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) and the unofficial end of a two-decade-old power-sharing deal raise questions about the future of Islam in politics not only in Tajikistan but in all of Central Asia. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Iranian presidential adviser for ethnic and religious minorities' affairs Ali Yunesi

Rohani Adviser Says Rights Violations Hurting Iran

Ali Yunesi, a senior adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rohani and a former intelligence minister, has admitted that "many cases" of human rights violations are taking place in Iran's courts and prisons, blaming them on extremists. More

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