Tuesday 19 January 2010
January 18, 2010
Who's Out To Exacerbate Chechen-Ingush Tensions?
Over the past several years, relations between Chechnya and neighboring Ingushetia, which from 1934-44 and again from 1957 to June 1992 constituted a single Checheno-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, have become increasingly strained and acrimonious.
January 15, 2010
What's Behind Moscow's Climbdown On Strasbourg Reform?
Russia has ratified long-awaited legal changes that will allow the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to streamline and speed up its work. The decision makes Russia the last of 47 Council of Europe member countries to approve the reform. What's behind the decision?
January 13, 2010
Canadian Model Unlikely New Face Of Chechen TV
There's an unlikely new face on Chechnya's television: Chrystal Callahan, a Canadian model who traded the catwalk for a TV career in the war-battered republic. While some are grateful to Callahan for giving international media exposure to a little-known population, others accuse her of riding the propaganda machine of Chechnya's iron-fisted leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
January 10, 2010
Why Were Criminal Charges Against Ingush Oligarch Dropped?
Ingush billionaire Mikhail Gutseriyev is expected to return soon to Russia from Britain, where he settled in 2007 after being accused of tax evasion and illegal business dealings back home. But the motivation for the criminal charges against him and the reasons why they were dropped remain a mystery.
January 04, 2010
Playing Into Moscow's Hands
Paul Goble says few can doubt that recent Russian claims that Georgia is providing support for Islamist and nationalist militants in the North Caucasus are absurd provocations. But he also says even fewer in Tbilisil seem to recognize that far more is riding on their responses.
December 29, 2009
No End In Sight To Daghestan Presidential Cliff-Hanger
While some have construed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's assertion that new elections will take place in several municipalities in Daghestan as setting a laudable precedent for annulling local ballots that are openly and blatantly rigged, others see it as way of not reappointing Mukhu Aliyev as the republic's president.
December 21, 2009
Russia Marks 130 Years Since Stalin's Birth
Russia is marking the 130th anniversary of the birth of Soviet leader Josef Stalin with medals and marches in his honor, as well as an exhibition that shows his crude and vindictive side. But even as many Russians continue to revere Stalin as a strong leader, others remember his cruel legacy as the man responsible for millions of deaths during his nearly 30-year rule.