Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Moscow seems to be particularly concerned that Russian-speaking militants fighting in Syria could pose a threat when they return home. (file photo)

Russian Officials Cite 'IS Threat' As Justification For Heightened Security

Although the security threat posed by radical Islamist groups is hardly a new concern in Russia, Kremlin officials in recent weeks have intensified their rhetoric, specifically around the domestic security dangers of the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Video The Daily Vertical: The Kolomoyskiy Point

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

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Abkhazia new de facto Prime Minister Artur Mikvabia

New Abkhaz Prime Minister Faces Uphill Struggle To End Economic Stagnation

Raul Khadjimba, the de facto president of Georgia’s breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, has appointed parliament deputy Artur Mikvabia as prime minister in place of Beslan Butba, who resigned that post on March 17 after less than six months in office. 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


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day.

The Week Ahead: March 30 - April 5

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region. More

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Abuses Uncovered

Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Ismayilova Allowed To See Relatives

Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor has been allowed to see her relatives for the first time since her arrest in early December. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal

Video People Of Two Lands: The Kyrgyz Of Jerge-Tal

None of the titular nationalities of Central Asia can trace their history back as far as the Kyrgyz and the Tajiks. These two peoples measure their presence in Inner Asia in terms of millennia. 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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