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Tracking Islamic State
The authorities in Chechnya have opened a criminal case against two Chechen men suspected of fighting alongside militants in Syria. More
How Russia Is Ruled
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More
Regional Smoke Detector
Federal Investigative Committee Chairman Aleksandr Bastrykin has intervened in the public dispute between Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and the federal Interior Ministry over the special operation in Grozny in which a Chechen man was shot dead. More
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
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Kremlin-connected ideologue Aleksandr Dugin is teaming up with a U.S. white supremacist for an online lecture at a Texas university, outraging Ukrainian-Americans. More
Two Tajik police officers have been reprimanded for forcing Muslims to shave their beards, and have been warned of harsher consequences if complaints by Muslims continue. More
Blogging Central Asia
In a contribution to Qishloq Ovozi, Matthew Kupfer looks at the strong reaction of people in Kazakhstan, and further afield, to the brutal beating of a young man in the Kazakh capital. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
An increasing number of Afghans and Pakistanis killed in the fighting in Syria have been buried in Iran in recent months, apparently while fighting with units organized by Iran. More
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