Wednesday, October 01, 2014


"The human being, the member of society, is drowned forever in the tyrant," wrote Fyodor Dostoyevsky abour serfdom. (painting: Georgy Savitsky's "Workforce Driven to a Factory in the Urals")

Russian Court Chief Raises Eyebrows With Praise For Serfdom

The head of Russia's Constitutional Court has penned an article calling serfdom "the staple" that held the Russian nation together, and that its abolition unleashed revolutionary forces that rocked the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More

The OSCE says it has no record of having any link with Einars Graudins (second from right).

Murders and Gang Rapes: Moscow Spins OSCE Probe Into Ukraine 'Mass Graves'

Russian media are quoting an "OSCE expert" as claiming hundreds of bodies have been exhumed from mass graves in eastern Ukraine and are accusing Ukrainian troops of brutalizing the local population. The "expert," however, has never worked for the OSCE. More

Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova (left) outside the Prosecutor General's Office in Baku in February with her lawyer Elton Guliyev. Ismayilova fears she will soon be detained as part of a crackdown on civil society in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani Journalist Fears Arrest As Part Of Continuing Crackdown

Leading Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been told she faces arrest when she returns to her country. Ismayilova has spoken out about the months-long crackdown on independent journalists and human rights activists in the oil-rich country. More

Russian students participating in the FLEX program have shared their experiences with new friends in the U.S., like at this Russian Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 2013.

Russians Voice Ire As Moscow Halts U.S. Student Exchange

Russians who participated in a respected U.S.-funded student exchange have reacted with outrage and disappointment at Russia's decision to cancel its participation in the program amid battered bilateral ties. More

(Clockwise from top-left): Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpou,  Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Asghar Farhadi, Abbas Kiarostami, Majid Majidi, and Reza Mirkarimi -- six prominent Iranian film directors who have launched a campaign calling for a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Six Iranian Filmmakers Launch Campaign Urging Deal Over Nuclear Crisis

A group of six internationally-known Iranian filmmakers have started an Internet campaign urging Tehran and world powers to reach a deal to end the crisis over Tehran's nuclear program. More


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