Russia and Former Soviet Union

  • CAN THE YOUNG ACTIVISTS OF ‘GENERATION PUTIN’ BUILD ON A SUMMER OF PROTESTS?

    - Dec 3, 2019
    Evan Gershkovich MOSCOW—In late September, some 25,000 people gathered in central Moscow to demand the release of political prisoners who were jailed during the wave of demonstrations that rocked the Russian capital this past summer. At...
  • IS THE WEST LOSING GEORGIA?

    - Dec 3, 2019
    By Ani Chkhikvadze The main thoroughfare of Tbilisi, known as Rustaveli Avenue, has borne witness to many a political reversal, from civil war to revolution. Since this summer, the tree-lined boulevard has once again seen throngs of...
  • ZELENSKY’S MOMENT OF TRUTH

    - Dec 3, 2019
    By Timothy Ash An all-out war is now under way between the National Bank of Ukraine and billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. The last week of November saw demonstrators trying to break into the NBU, calling for...
  • TURKEY PLANNED TO INVADE ARMENIA

    - Dec 3, 2019
    STOCKHOLM — Turkey planned a military operation against Armenia code-named ALTAY, according to a secret memo that reported missing pages from classified documents which detailed action plan. The internal memo, submitted to the General Staff and...
  • PUTIN’S LORD HAW HAW

    - Dec 2, 2019
    By Juan Cole Fox News’ white nationalist pundit Tucker Carlson asked on his television show in early December what is so bad about Putin. Kremlin Carlson had provoked a firestorm when he said that he took...
  • CAN ARMENIA AND TURKEY MAKE UP

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Little more than 100 years after the Ottoman Turks killed about 1.5 million of the empire’s Armenian citizens, Turkey’s president tweeted in Armenian. On Friday March 7th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised Twitter users with...
  • RUSSIAGATE BEGAN WITH SNOWDEN

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The ability of Russian intelligence agencies to penetrate and attack US systems, including the Presidential election that elected Donald Trump, was enhanced by the debriefings in Moscow of Edward Snowden, a man still regarded in many...
  • TRUMP SOLD WEAPONS TO UKRAINE TO SHUT DOWN MANAFORT PROSECUTION

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The Trump Administration bartered the sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine to bury a potentially damaging investigation of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced late on Thursday February 1...
  • CHRISTIANS IN KAZAKHSTAN FINED FOR PRAYING WITHOUT PERMISSION

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Anti-terrorism officers assisted by local police raided two Baptist house churches in Taraz, Kazakhstan, during worship services on Feb. 10 and 17, fining the worshippers for conducting prayers without government permission. Three people were fined between one...
  • RUSSIA TO SEND DELINQUENT YOUTH FOR RE-EDUCATION

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Russia plans to send delinquent youngsters to military-patriotic re-education camps and to install special software blocking banned websites in schools, the head of Russia’s Security Council has said. President Vladimir Putin created a patriotic directorate inside the Russian...