Friday, November 28, 2014

Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Activists in Kabardino-Balkaria and surrounding regions have accused Russia of treating Syrian Circassian refugees badly, saying that they have not been given any government-funded benefits and that some have even been refused Russian visas.

Kabardino-Balkaria Man Gets Four Years For Fighting In Syria

The 22-year-old man had pleaded guilty to being in Syria, but said he had gone there to protect Circassian women and children. Syria has had an ethnic Circassian community since the early 1860s, when the Russian-Circassian war of 1864 forced them to migrate from their homeland. More

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Podcast: A Year Of Living Dangerously

One year ago, the Euromaidan began. And neither Ukraine nor Russia will ever be the same again. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Is the Kremlin no longer ready to look the other way on transgressions by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's (center) entourage in Moscow?

Kadyrov Envoy Implicated In Extortion Scandal

The brother of Ramzan Tsitsulayev, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov's personal plenipotentiary in Ukraine, and two of Tsitsulayev's bodyguards have been remanded in pretrial detention in Moscow after a fistfight last week with plainclothes police. More

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Ukraine Unspun

This photo -- showing a Russian soldiers inspecting bodies of civilians in a mass grave in Chechnya in 1995 -- was used by Russia's state-owned Channel One television to highlight recent Ukrainian suffering.

Ukraine Unspun: Chechnya War Pic Passed Off As Ukraine Atrocity By Hackers, Russian TV

At least one of the "horrifying images of events in Donbas" that Russian media aired on the eve of the Ukrainian vote to highlight suffering in that conflict-torn country predates the Ukraine conflict by nearly two decades, and was actually a mass grave of Russian civilians. More


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

A grab from the video, titled "Race Toward Good," released via the Islamic State militant group's Al Hayat website, showing Kazakh nationals, including children, in training in Syria.

Kazakhstan Moves To Ban 'Illegal' IS Video Showing Training Of Kazakh Children

Kazakhstan has banned new Islamic State (IS) video that shows Kazakh nationals, including children, participating in training exercises in Syria, according to Kazakh and Russian media reports. More

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