Thursday, August 21, 2014


Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

A Moscow city worker takes a selfie while atop the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment building in Moscow to remove the Ukrainian flag mounted there overnight on August 19-20. The hammer-and-sickled star and laurel wreath was also painted in Ukrainian colors.

Video Stalin Tower Painted In Ukrainian Blue And Yellow

Audacious vandals added a Ukrainian flourish to one of Stalin's "seven sisters" in Moscow's skyline. More

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Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Karachayevo-Cherkessia Republic President Rashid Temrezov

Yet Another 'Coup' Trial Ends in Karachayevo-Cherkessia

The incidence of alleged plots in Karachayevo-Cherkessia Republic to overthrow the government and the imputed objective of establishing a state based on shariat are all the more implausible given that the republic is one of the least Islamicized republics of the North Caucasus. More

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Ukraine Unspun

According to a state-run Russian broadcaster, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (right) and parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov are striving to erode the standing of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

Video How Russian State TV Linked Satanists To Ukraine's Leadership

A satanic church has been founded in Ukraine. Combined with the parliamentary speaker's Protestant faith and the prime minister's alleged ties to Scientology, this may spell doom for Ukraine. Or so says Russian state television. More


Abuses Uncovered

Defendants Aleksandr Margolin (right) and Ilya Guschin (center) stand in a cage during a hearing in the Bolotnaya case in a courtroom in Moscow in May.

EU Slams Russia Over Bolotnaya

The European Union has criticized the recent convictions and sentencing of six activists involved in the antigovernment Bolotnaya protests in Moscow in May 2012. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Former members of the Uzbek government, professors, students, and people from a range of professions have put their message of protest on Facebook.

Uzbeks Tell Karimov 'I'm Not Afraid'

A Facebook page started little more than a week ago now has several thousand people posting photos with the words "I am not afraid" on them and often leaving additional comments. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Simin Behbahani (right) during a visit by human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (center) in 2010.

Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87

One of Iran’s most prominent poets, Simin Behbahani, has died in Tehran, where she had been hospitalized since August 6. More

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