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Tracking Islamic State
The 22-year-old man had pleaded guilty to being in Syria, but said he had gone there to protect Circassian women and children. Syria has had an ethnic Circassian community since the early 1860s, when the Russian-Circassian war of 1864 forced them to migrate from their homeland. More
How Russia Is Ruled
One year ago, the Euromaidan began. And neither Ukraine nor Russia will ever be the same again. More
Regional Smoke Detector
The brother of Ramzan Tsitsulayev, Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov's personal plenipotentiary in Ukraine, and two of Tsitsulayev's bodyguards have been remanded in pretrial detention in Moscow after a fistfight last week with plainclothes police. More
At least one of the "horrifying images of events in Donbas" that Russian media aired on the eve of the Ukrainian vote to highlight suffering in that conflict-torn country predates the Ukraine conflict by nearly two decades, and was actually a mass grave of Russian civilians. More
Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Kazakhstan has banned new Islamic State (IS) video that shows Kazakh nationals, including children, participating in training exercises in Syria, according to Kazakh and Russian media reports. More
Belarusian opposition activist Andrey Haydukou has been sentenced to 10 days in jail in his native town of Navapolatsak in the country's north. More
Blogging Central Asia
Turkmenistan held elections for local and city councils on November 23 although they did not receive much media coverage or generate much interest. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Iranian reformists and even some conservative newspapers have welcomed the extension of the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program until July 2015. More
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