Sunday, November 23, 2014



Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Is the Kremlin no longer ready to look the other way on transgressions by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's (center) entourage in Moscow?

Kadyrov Envoy Implicated In Extortion Scandal

The brother of Ramzan Tsitsulayev, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov's personal plenipotentiary in Ukraine, and two of Tsitsulayev's bodyguards have been remanded in pretrial detention in Moscow after a fistfight last week with plainclothes police. More

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Ukraine Unspun

This photo -- showing a Russian soldiers inspecting bodies of civilians in a mass grave in Chechnya in 1995 -- was used by Russia's state-owned Channel One television to highlight recent Ukrainian suffering.

Ukraine Unspun: Chechnya War Pic Passed Off As Ukraine Atrocity By Hackers, Russian TV

At least one of the "horrifying images of events in Donbas" that Russian media aired on the eve of the Ukrainian vote to highlight suffering in that conflict-torn country predates the Ukraine conflict by nearly two decades, and was actually a mass grave of Russian civilians. More

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Most of Karakalpakstan is overed by Central Asia’s two great deserts -- the Kara-Kum and the Kyzyl-Kum (pictured).

The Saga Of Aman Sagidullaev And Alga Karakalpakstan

The official charges against Aman Sagidullaev are abuse of his position as head of an agricultural equipment manufacturer and embezzlement of some $1 million. But were he to be dragged home, he would likely also be facing charges of separatism for his role as leader of the Alga Karakalpakstan movement. More

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