Wednesday, April 16, 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

Astana residents blocked the road outside the Prosecutor General's Office in Astana on April 11.

Kazakh Police Arrest Property Protesters

Police in the Kazakh capital, Astana, have dispersed a public protest by some 30 local residents who demanded proper compensation for their property, which they say was confiscated by local authorities. More

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