January 1, 2014

So Much for Russia's Security Crackdown

Richard Weitz, World Politics Review

The Associated Press

Russia's crackdown on Islamist militants hasn't made the country more secure.

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December 26, 2013
Russia Has the Power to Fix Syria -- Will It?
Michael Young, The National
Persuading Mr Al Assad, if that indeed becomes the aim, will not be easy. But Russia and Iran have the resources needed to make a change if this becomes necessary. Nothing may happen to the Syrian president, but he is absolutely... more ››
December 26, 2013
Even Russia Is Frustrated with N. Korea
Stephen Blank, The Diplomat
Kim Jong Un’s recent brutal purge of his uncle Jang Song Thaek and other senior officials was apparently connected to high-level discord over North Korean relations with China. As a result we may well see a spike in bilateral... more ››
December 27, 2013
The Putin-Yanukovych Anti-West Pact
Lilia Shevtsova, American Interest
Victor Yanukovych has presented his nation as a gift to Vladimir Putin, but the Ukrainian people have gathered in Kiev’s Independence Square to resist this move. Violence is still possible, and more is at stake than just the... more ››
December 27, 2013
Life Under Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban
Mark Gevisser, NY Times
Recently, as a blizzard whipped through the city, I met a 22-year-old bus conductor named Varya. Her hair style was Gothic, shaved on top and hanging on her shoulder in a crimson curtain. She had a toddler, and lived with her... more ››
December 26, 2013
Thanks, Merkel, for Freeing Khodorkovsky
Yulia Latynina, Moscow Times
Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky has German Chancellor Angela Merkel to thank for his newfound freedom. She was the key figure who mediated with President Vladimir Putin over his early release. She personally requested that... more ››