Tuesday, July 29, 2014



Watchdog

Abuses Uncovered

Nadezhhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina were convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in jail in 2012 after staging a performance against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Pussy Riot Members Seek Compensation

Two former members of the Russian punk performance-art group Pussy Riot are reportedly seeking compensation from the Kremlin for "violation of their rights to freely express their opinions, to personal immunity, and to a fair trial." More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Is the writing on the wall for Russia's dominance of Central Asia -- no matter what Vladimir Putin may say?

Russia's In The Driver's Seat, But China's Buying The Car

While Russia does maintain a series of levers in Central Asia -- cultural, economic, militaristic -- these levers will not remain in perpetuity. China doesn't yet dictate Central Asia's direction and sway, but it seems to be just a matter of time before it does.. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

PHOTO GALLERY: In a dramatic scene at a scheduled public execution, an Iranian woman spared the life of her son's killer as he stood with a noose around his neck. The victim's relatives were tasked with pushing the chair out from under the convicted killer, but instead the victim's mother slapped him and then forgave him. The scene was captured in photographs by Arash Khamooshi of Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency.

Photogallery Wave Of Forgiveness Washes Over Iran

Despite the regime's endorsement of capital punishment as a crime deterrent, a wave of mercy and forgiveness has gripped Iran. More

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