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Tracking Islamic State
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has slammed what he calls Washington’s “double standards in order to implement geopolitical designs,” including over the fight against terrorism and the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More
How Russia Is Ruled
The vast majority of Ukraine's ethnic Russians are, in fact, loyal Ukrainian citizens. More
Regional Smoke Detector
Yury Kokov's initial moves as acting republic head earned him widespread respect. But will he move to address the long-standing grievances of the Balkar minority? More
A man identified as German Professor Lorenz Haag has been widely quoted in Russian media as praising the Kremlin and defending Russia's actions in Ukraine. The "professor's" credentials, however, are a matter of serious doubt. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region. More
Amnesty International says nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on Uzbek President Islam Karimov to immediately release a woman it calls a “prisoner of conscience.” More
Blogging Central Asia
International human rights groups and media freedom organizations perennially list Turkmenistan as having one of most abusive regimes in the world. That should make Turkmenistan an unlikely party to be a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), but it is a member, though the country's participation is difficult to see sometimes. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Are you virtuous, pious, and committed to learning the language of the enemy? You just might have what it takes to be an Iranian intelligence officer. More
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