Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

The late Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov

Tatar Apprehended On Charges Of Links To North Caucasus Insurgency

An attempt to implicate deceased North Caucasus insurgency leader Doku Umarov in acts of subversion allegedly committed at his behest in Tatarstan 10 years ago lacks credibility, given that during the period in question Umarov lacked the authority to issue any such orders. More

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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

St. Petersburg officials want to change the name of the city's Parnas district, partly because it shares its name with a political party founded by avowed Putin critics, including the assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (pictured).

Russian Officials Seek To Erase Opposition Party's Name From St. Petersburg's Map

Liberal parties have been repeatedly written off the Russian political map during President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power. Now his allies are trying to wipe the name of a prominent anti-Kremlin party from St. Petersburg's actual map. More

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Ukraine Unspun

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Abuses Uncovered

Jailed Azerbaijani Lawyer Honored

The Vienna-based International Bar Association has bestowed its 2015 Human Rights Award on jailed Azerbaijani lawyer Intigam Aliyev. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Uzbek President Islam Karimov (right) and visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov reportedly discussed the security situation in Afghanistan.

Revisions To Turkmenistan's Neutrality Policy

With some two months until Turkmenistan marks the 20th anniversary of its "positive neutrality" policy, events regionally and globally have started to erode this strategy, cracks are appearing, and, at the least, the definitions of "positive neutrality" will need to be revised. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

American hostages in Tehran after the seizure of the U.S. Embassy by a student group in 1979.

Iranian Hostage Takers' Son Enjoys U.S. Life

A son of the Islamic Revolution is studying in the United States -- aka the "Great Satan" in Iran -- to the chagrin of hard-liners and a man held captive by his revolutionary parents in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. More

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