Category Archives: Russia

Kolesnikov Suicide Symbolic for Russia

Russian youth activist Vlad Kolesnikov took his own life on Christmas Day in Russia’s Samara region. Amidst widespread mourning, some in the country are wondering if his death was in fact a murder, and many warn that similar incidents could follow. A few months earlier, Kolesnikov, an 18-year-old culinary student from the town of Podolsk, [...]
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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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Islamic State Sees Surge of Caucasus Recruits

Of the four Caucasian nations – Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia – only the last seems to have none of its nationals fighting with Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria. Georgian authorities estimate that more than 200 of its citizens, primarily ethnic Chechens from the Pankisi Gorge region, are fighting in Syria and Iraq, [...]
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