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Tracking Islamic State
The Federal Security Service (FSB) in Russia's second city, St. Petersburg, opened a criminal case this week against an 18-year-old woman and former fashion student who has allegedly tried to recruit Russians to the Islamic State (IS) group. More
How Russia Is Ruled
So what exactly was Vladimir Putin trying to tell everybody in his annual call-in program? More
Regional Smoke Detector
The campaign by the One Ossetia parliament majority faction to force the dismissal of David Sanakoyev, the de facto foreign minister of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, has brought that faction onto a collision course with the prosecutor-general. More
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
Russian television aired a Hollywood-style trailer to promote President Vladimir Putin's annual phone-in. The clip showed Putin inspecting a war ship and staring down his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama. More
Exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has condemned a police search of his Moscow-based organization and said he believes it was linked to a planned documentary about the Kremlin-backed leader of Russia's Chechnya region, Ramzan Kadyrov. More
Blogging Central Asia
Uzbek President Islam Karimov was sworn in for a fourth term on April 10, and there were some disturbing signs during his inauguration speech. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
A rare protest in Fars was staged after a disturbing video emerged on social media showing four men giving stray dogs what appeared to be lethal injections. More
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