Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Video The Daily Vertical: A Godfather Fingered

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

Murdered journalist Abdulmalik Akhmedilov in an undated file photo

Two Men Sentenced For 2009 Murder Of Daghestani Journalist

No fewer than 15 journalists have been murdered in Daghestan since 2000, 12 of them in the past decade alone. This week, for the first time, a court found two men guilty of one of those killings, that of Abdulmalik Akhmedilov in August 2009. 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

Iranian journalists try to escape the rain during Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne.

Iran Talks: The Things Bored Journalists Tweet

As they await the results of closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers in the Swiss city of Lausanne, journalists are tweeting the time away.​ More

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Abuses Uncovered

Russian Activist's Property Seized

Russian police have evicted a regional leader of the independent electoral-rights group Golos (Voice) from her apartment and impounded other property in a tax-evasion case she says is politically motivated. 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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