Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Video The Daily Vertical: Death Of A Rebel

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Akhmad-hadji Abdulayev is seen here on the left with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2011.

What Lies Behind Daghestani Mufti's Sudden Popularity?

For the past several years, the independent Daghestani weekly Chernovik has conducted an annual poll in which readers are encouraged to vote by SMS for whomever from a short list of 10-15 political figures they would like to see as "People's President." This year's surprise winner was Akhmad-hadji Abdulayev, chairman of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Daghestan (DUMD). More

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Ukraine Unspun

New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17

The Russian Investigative Committee says it has a "sincere" witness who claims a Ukrainian jet took down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. But other emerging evidence further supports the widely accepted theory that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile fired from separatist-held territory. More


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Russia's children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov (file photo)

Russian Official Stirs Scandal With Underage Marriage And 'Shriveled' Women Remarks

Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has incensed his critics by condoning marriages between adults and minors and saying some women are "shriveled" by the time they are 27 years of age. More

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Abuses Uncovered

Attack On Macedonian Journalist Decried

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has joined media organizations in condemning an attack on a Macedonian journalist who has been critical of the government. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Houses Come Down, Statue To Turkmen Leader Goes Up

The crowning of moment of the Day of the City, May 25, in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat was the official unveiling of a gigantic statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Ayatollah Mohammad Movahhedi Kermani (file photo)

Tehran's Friday Prayer Leader Calls On Saudis To Rise Up

Tehran's temporary Friday Prayers leader, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, has called on Saudi citizens to rise up against their country's rulers and to speak out against their "crimes." More

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