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Tracking Islamic State
Twitter accounts linked to the Islamic State (IS) group have released a new video that purportedly features an audio message from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto Jogo. More
How Russia Is Ruled
Does Putin believe his own hype? If he does, then we're in a very dangerous place, says Kremlin watcher Brian Whitmore in his latest Power Vertical blog post. More
Regional Smoke Detector
The Republic of Ingushetia authorities have launched what appears to be a clumsy attempt to compromise oppositionist Magomed Khazbiyev and members of his family in a bid to curtail his political activities. 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
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region. More
The UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association says an independent international investigation into the deadly 2011 events in the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen is needed. More
Blogging Central Asia
The Turkmen authorities' decision to move the date for commemorating an infamous massacre has raised eyebrows in the country, with many believing it has been done to appease the Kremlin. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
In a very rare ruling, a man who threw acid on another man in Tehran about a decade ago has been sentenced to be blinded based on the Islamic eye-for-an-eye retribution law. More
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