Thursday, October 02, 2014



Power Vertical

How Russia Is Ruled

Fear and loathing in Moscow

Podcast: Fear And Foreboding In The Kremlin Court

The arrest of oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov has changed the rules of the game between the Kremlin and big business -- and much of the country's elite is fearful. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

The late Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania was found dead in 2005.

Georgian Prosecutor Orders Exhumation of Former Prime Minister's Body

Georgian prosecutor Revaz Nadoy announced on September 30 that the body of former Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania will be exhumed and tests conducted by international pathologists in order to clarify the cause of his death. More

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Ukraine Unspun

The OSCE says it has no record of having any link with Einars Graudins (second from right).

Murders and Gang Rapes: Moscow Spins OSCE Probe Into Ukraine 'Mass Graves'

Russian media are quoting an "OSCE expert" as claiming hundreds of bodies have been exhumed from mass graves in eastern Ukraine and are accusing Ukrainian troops of brutalizing the local population. The "expert," however, has never worked for the OSCE. More

Watchdog

Abuses Uncovered

Antigay activists trample on a rainbow flag during a protest by gay-rights activists in Moscow in 2013.

Russia: 14 Killed In Xenophobic Attacks In '14

A Moscow-based think tank that monitors xenophobia and extremism says 14 people have been killed and 77 injured in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia since the beginning of the year. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (right) met Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Dushanbe on September 11.

Central Asia Prepares For Afghan 'Threat' (Part 2)

As foreign forces in Afghanistan prepare to complete their drawdown at the end of this year, and responsibility for security falls entirely on Afghan government forces, the governments in Central Asia have been worrying and taking measures to prevent Afghanistan’s problems from becoming Central Asia’s problems also. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

The leader and founder of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, waves from a Tehran balcony during the country's revolution, in February 1979.

Tehran In No Mood To Laugh At Khomeini Jokes

Jokes mocking Islamic republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spread widely on social media, have attracted the attention of the authorities. More

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