Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Efforts to expand the use of Ossetian online have been hampered by the Caucasian language's widespread use of the character æ, which does not exist in Cyrillic.

One Nation, Two Polities, Two Endangered Ossetian Languages?

Efforts to save the Ossetian language are running up against a host of problems on both sides of Russia's border with a breakaway Georgian republic, contributing to fears that both forms of Ossetian might ultimately slip into obscurity. More

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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats

Russia's children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov (file photo)

Russian Official Stirs Scandal With Underage Marriage And 'Shriveled' Women Remarks

Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has incensed his critics by condoning marriages between adults and minors and saying some women are "shriveled" by the time they are 27 years of age. More

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Ukraine Unspun

New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17

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


Abuses Uncovered

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with Moscow Helsinki group head Lyudmila Alekseyeva at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow in January  2014.

Veteran Activist Rejoins Putin's Council

Lyudmila Alekseyeva, one of Russia's most outspoken and widely respected rights advocates, has returned to President Vladimir Putin's council on human rights and civil society three years after quitting the advisory body. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Ahmad Zeidabadi (left), a prominent Iranian journalist and political activist,on his release from prison last week. he was reportedly

Prison To Exile: Iranian Journalist Banished To Provincial City

Iranian authorities have sent a celebrated journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi into internal exile after nearly six years in prison, dashing the hopes of his family and displaying continued intolerance for freedom of speech in the Islamic republic. More

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