Thursday, April 17, 2014


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Iranian Students Crash Nuclear Party

A hard-line Iranian politician visited a Tehran university this week to celebrate the wonders of nuclear power. But pro-opposition students crashed the party. More

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Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Putin then and now: From the Ozero Cooperative to the Kremlin

Podcast: Putin Then And Now

Putin was the man to know in St. Petersburg in the 1990s. What does the Putin of then tell us about the man today? More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Vladimir and Ramzan in 2007 -- is the Russian leader prepared to indulge the Chechen strongman's flamboyant self-promotion?

Is The Clock Ticking For Ramzan Kadyrov?

For years, it's been accepted wisdom that notwithstanding Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's outrageous pronouncements and tasteless self-promotion, no attempt to rein him in would be undertaken prior to the Sochi Olympics. Is his leash about to be drastically shortened? More

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Abuses Uncovered

Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE representative on freedom of the media (file photo)

OSCE: Journalists Threatened In Ukraine

The media-freedom representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says the situation for reporters in Ukraine has reached a dangerous stage. More

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