Category Archives: Politics

Russian Officials Unlikely to Suffer from Corruption Probe

In early December, Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny posted several articles, a film, and a series of infographics exposing illegal businesses belonging to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika. The film has been viewed on YouTube over 3 million times, but analysts doubt Moscow will dismiss any of the implicated parties. Navalny explains that his fund [...]
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Karimov Plays Double Game with Russia

Uzbekistan’s policy toward Russia in the past few months has been confusing, to say the least. With Tashkent seeming to toggle between harsh criticism and enthusiastic cooperation, analysts have begun to discuss what might be behind President Karimov’s inconsistencies. On November 30 Uzbekistan recalled its ambassador in Moscow, leaving the post vacant. Just a few [...]
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Turkey Sanctions Could Backfire for Moscow

Since the downing of a Russian military plane at the Turkish-Syrian border on November 24, relations between Moscow and Ankara have deteriorated quickly. Russia has promised serious consequences, including a set of sanctions that analysts say will hurt Moscow the most. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was tasked by the government to study the sanctions [...]
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Tajikistan Declares Open Season on Independent Lawyers

Tajik authorities have begun a campaign against lawyers representing political opposition. With multiple cases of independent attorneys being imprisoned, many in Tajikistan worry that Dushanbe is starting a countrywide hunt. On September 29, the Tajik Ministry of Internal Affairs officials arrested the official lawyer of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), Buzurmehr Yerov. Just [...]
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Azerbaijan Conducts Sweeping Arrests in Ministry of National Security

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev unexpectedly dismissed the head of the National Security Ministry on October 17, prompting subsequent investigations and arrests of other high-level officials. Two days after the dismissal of National Security Minister Eldar Mahmudov, Sabail District Court filed formal charges against seven other officers in the Ministry. They are accused of abuse of [...]
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