10 Jun 2013
At the end of May, I spent a week in Moscow doing some research on various topics. Although it wasn't the central focus of my interviews, I took the opportunity to discuss the state of the Russian military with several scholars and journalists. What follows is a brief summary of my impressions from...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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