Friday, August 22, 2014


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

A Moscow city worker takes a selfie while atop the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment building in Moscow to remove the Ukrainian flag mounted there overnight on August 19-20. The hammer-and-sickled star and laurel wreath was also painted in Ukrainian colors.

Video Stalin Tower Painted In Ukrainian Blue And Yellow

Audacious vandals added a Ukrainian flourish to one of Stalin's "seven sisters" in Moscow's skyline. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

One of the leaders of the Abkhaz opposition, Raul Khajimba (left), looks the most likely victor, especially after receiving the backing of actingPresident  Valery Bganba (right).

Abkhazia Braces For Tumultuous Presidential Vote

On August 24, voters in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region will elect a new president to succeed Aleksandr Ankvab, who stepped down in early June after protesters stormed the presidential administration building. More

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Ukraine Unspun

An unmanned Russian Proton-M booster rocket crashes after veering off course after lift-off, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on July 2, 2013.

A 'Ukrainian Missile' Or A Failed Russian Space Launch?

A Russian military channel has shown footage of a missile attack by Ukrainian forces on civilians in the east of the country. Just one problem, Kyiv says -- the video clip actually shows a failed Russian rocket launch from last year. More


Abuses Uncovered

Azerbaijani journalist İlgar Nasibov suffered severe head trauma, a broken nose, fractured ribs, and serious blood loss.

Azeri Rights Activist Severely Beaten

An Azerbaijani journalist and rights activist has been badly beaten by unknown assailants in the country's Naxcivan exclave. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Former members of the Uzbek government, professors, students, and people from a range of professions have put their message of protest on Facebook.

Uzbeks Tell Karimov 'I'm Not Afraid'

A Facebook page started little more than a week ago now has several thousand people posting photos with the words "I am not afraid" on them and often leaving additional comments. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Simin Behbahani (right) during a visit by human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (center) in 2010.

Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87

One of Iran’s most prominent poets, Simin Behbahani, has died in Tehran, where she had been hospitalized since August 6. More

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