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Tracking Islamic State
A Tajik man who was formerly a promising student at Russia's prestigious Moscow State University (MGU) may have gone to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, his father has told RFE/RL's Tajik Service. More
How Russia Is Ruled
Contract killings in Russia are solved only when the untouchable perpetrators become expendable. More
Regional Smoke Detector
In early March, the Republic of Ingushetia leadership proposed that candidates for government posts should voluntarily undergo a lie-detector test as a means of reducing the official corruption for which the region has become a byword. That initiative has already backfired, however. 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
As they await the results of closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers in the Swiss city of Lausanne, journalists are tweeting the time away. More
Russian police have evicted a regional leader of the independent electoral-rights group Golos (Voice) from her apartment and impounded other property in a tax-evasion case she says is politically motivated. More
Blogging Central Asia
In March, the subject of dress came up in three Central Asian countries, in one case because the clothing was “foreign” Islamic, in another too risque/Western, and in a third as a suggestion to honor the past. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
An Iranian journalist says he has been forced to seek asylum in Austria after receiving threats from the Iranian authorities. More
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