Sunday, April 19, 2015



Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

David Sanakoyev incurred the enmity of One Ossetia and its chairman, parliament speaker Anatoly Bibilov, by making public a draft of a new strategic treaty between South Ossetia and Russia .

Is South Ossetia Heading For Political Crisis?

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

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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

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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Putin conference

'The Enemy Will Not Pass': Russian TV Runs Blockbuster Trailer For Putin Phone-In

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

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Watchdog

Abuses Uncovered

Khodorkovsky: Open Russia Search Linked To Kadyrov Film

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

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