Sufian Zhemukhov
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...
Andrey Makarychev
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...
George Gavrilis
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...
Shairbek Juraev
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...
Pavel Baev
(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...
Ivan Kurilla
(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...
Sufian Zhemukhov
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...
PONARS Eurasia
(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...
Henry Hale
(Journal Article) Abstract: Works on the 1848 revolutions, 1989 collapse of European communism, 1998–2005 postcommunist color revolutions, and 2011 Arab uprisings frequently cross-reference each other, implying what is called here the concept of a “regime change cascade.” Research on these “Big...
Shairbek Juraev
On May 28, 2013, Kyrgyzstan hosted an informal summit of the heads of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The summit discussed various issues related to regional security, mainly the situation in Afghanistan - particularly the local measures needed to withstand the...

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