Friday, October 09, 2015

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

A screengrab of a video uploaded to YouTube last week, suggesting that that the Caucasus Emirate has named a new leader.

Is The Caucasus Emirate On The Rebound?

Since the start of this year, numerous Russian analysts have predicted that the growing influence and popularity of the extremist organization Islamic State (IS) among disaffected residents of the North Caucasus would ultimately render the Caucasus Emirate both impotent and irrelevant. More

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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

St. Petersburg officials want to change the name of the city's Parnas district, partly because it shares its name with a political party founded by avowed Putin critics, including the assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (pictured).

Russian Officials Seek To Erase Opposition Party's Name From St. Petersburg's Map

Liberal parties have been repeatedly written off the Russian political map during President Vladimir Putin's 15 years in power. Now his allies are trying to wipe the name of a prominent anti-Kremlin party from St. Petersburg's actual map. More

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Ukraine Unspun

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

It seems like locals around Lake Issyk-Kul will vote for the ruling parties. There are new buildings everywhere, restaurants, stores, boutiques, and a line of recently built hotels right down by the water that block the view of the beach.

Along Kyrgyzstan's Campaign Trail: Issyk-Kul

In Karakol, on the eastern corner of Lake Issyk-Kul, party activists are moving quickly to get in some last-minute campaigning before the October 4 parliamentary elections. More

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