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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
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
How Russia Is Ruled
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
Regional Smoke Detector
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
Russian media coverage of the Ukraine crisis has been marked by constant disinformation. A professor at a prestigious Moscow university explains why it works. More
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
Blogging Central Asia
It's been difficult to know exactly what is happening inside Turkmenistan for some two decades now. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Is satellite jamming permissible under Islamic law? Not if it poses a threat to human health, says a senior cleric. More
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