Sufian Zhemukhov 07 Jun 2013
Said Amirov, 59, the mayor of Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala was arrested on June 1, 2013, and accused of the murder of Arsen Gajibekov, the head of a district investigative committee. Ten more people have been arrested as accomplices, including Amirov's nephew. Experts label Amirov as the second most powerful official in the North Caucasus, after the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov. Amirov has been the mayor of one of the most turbulent areas...
Andrey Makarychev 06 Jun 2013
Semioticians probably have the best sense of humor among all social scientists. Those who think that the hegemonic discourse in today's Russia is boring are wrong. Some of its segments are quite hilarious and facetious. The key figures in Moscow provide many reasons for irony. For example, the Russian internet community discussed whether Dmitry Medvedev is upset to know that he is familiarly referred to as “Dimon.” They also provocatively...
George Gavrilis 05 Jun 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s spate of recent meetings with Russian officials are intended to chip away at the icy character of U.S.-Russian relations and bring Washington and Moscow closer together on Syria. The most recent meeting in Paris between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which Lavrov again indicated that Moscow would encourage the Syrian government to attend peace talks, was at the very least an improvement...
Shairbek Juraev 05 Jun 2013
A wave of unrest hit Kyrgyzstan last week, creating two “hot” zones, one in northern Issykkul and another in southern Jalalabad. The events turned dramatic, illustrated by the president decreeing a state of emergency in the Jeti Oguz district of Issykkul as well as the protesters' implementation of a “people's governor” in Jalalabad. A crowd of several hundred protesters blocked the road leading to the Kumtor gold mine, and on May 31 they cut...
Pavel Baev 04 Jun 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The Russia–European Union summit opens today (June 3) in Yekaterinburg, according to the twice-yearly schedule and amidst mutual irritation and disappearing expectations. Quarrels about the Syrian calamity are unavoidable. The talks will likely be fruitless, with Moscow expressing disappointment over the EU’s lifting of the arms supply embargo and Brussels protesting against the Kremlin’s planned deliveries to the Syrian...
Ivan Kurilla 04 Jun 2013
(The Moscow News) There’s a new president in town, and his name is Vladimir Fortov. President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, that is. Fortov, a prominent Russian physicist and head of Moscow’s Joint Institute for High Temperatures, won 58 percent of the vote in a secret-ballot election among academy members last week. He beat out two other candidates for the presidential seat. Fortov will replace Yury Osipov - the outgoing head who’s been...
Sufian Zhemukhov 04 Jun 2013
Circassians all over the world commemorate the 149th anniversary of the end of the Russian-Caucasus war every year on May 21. In Russia, where about a million Circassians live, meetings and events were held with representations of the leaders of the Circassian republics in Maikop (Adygea), Nalchik (Kabardino-Balkaria), and Cherkessk (Karachaevo-Cherkessia). In Turkey, where about five million Circassians live, events were held in Istanbul, and...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Jun 2013
(By Olga Gulina) Influential regions of Germany are proposing changes to some of the most sensitive issues of the country’s immigration policies. The lands of Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, and Baden–Wuerttemberg have jointly prepared and publicly presented amendments to the current federal law on citizenship. The legislative draft has been sent for consideration to the Bundesrat (the...

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