Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Makhachkala ex-mayor Said Amirov at a court hearing in Rostov-na-Donu in April 24.

Lawyers For Former Makhachkala Mayor Appeal Prison Term

The team of lawyers representing former Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov, once one of the most powerful men in Daghestan, and his nephew, Yusup Dzhaparov, has appealed the prison terms handed down to the two men on July 9. More

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Ukraine Unspun

Russian defense officials sit in front of a map of air-defense locations in the area of Donetsk during a briefing by Russian Lieutenant General Andrei Kartopolov and Lieutenant General Igor Makushev in Moscow on July 21 to present Moscow's view of the MH17 downing.

British Aviation Expert Says Russian MH17 Claims Highly Unlikely

An aviation expert and former air crash investigator says Russian claims about the Malaysian Airlines downing are difficult to believe. More

Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

The Agrobank lottery, an offer Uzbeks really can't refuse.

The Uzbek Lottery Citizens Must Play

Uzbeks complain that when people in Uzbekistan go to pick up money sent to them from relatives working abroad, they are required by the only bank that handles remittances to purchase at least one lottery ticket. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

PHOTO GALLERY: In a dramatic scene at a scheduled public execution, an Iranian woman spared the life of her son's killer as he stood with a noose around his neck. The victim's relatives were tasked with pushing the chair out from under the convicted killer, but instead the victim's mother slapped him and then forgave him. The scene was captured in photographs by Arash Khamooshi of Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency.

Photogallery Wave Of Forgiveness Washes Over Iran

Despite the regime's endorsement of capital punishment as a crime deterrent, a wave of mercy and forgiveness has gripped Iran. More

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