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(Rossiyskaya Gazeta) Concealing the nationalities issue in Russia may put the country on the brink of disintegration, but the problem is not insoluble, says Sergei Markedonov, Visiting Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.The “nationalities issue” has in recent months become the focus of renewed media attention. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that the discussion focuses on the Northern Caucasus, Russia’s most turbulent and...
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(Palate Press) A new sophistication about wine is emerging in China, where only a few years ago it was common to see people at banquets mixing Coca-Cola or Sprite with their Great Wall red. At first Chinese wine drinkers gravitated to status purchases of wine from the great châteaux Bordeaux, but now a more diverse group of wine enthusiasts is embracing a wider range of wines.“Wine is hot in China,” Matthew Lance, manager of the Aria Restaurant in the...
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  (CNN) The two major parties in Georgia each claimed victory in the nation's historic parliamentary elections as officials worked through the night to count the ballots. The ruling United National Movement and the Georgian Dream Coalition both said it would win a majority of seats in the new 150-member body. Billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who leads the underdog "Georgian Dream" alliance, claimed exit polls showed his...
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(Foreign Policy) The view from billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili's über-modernist palatial home and business center is unparalleled, giving him a clear line of sight to the giant statue of Mother Georgia, the Mtkvari River, and another large steel and-glass structure at the top of a different hill: President Mikheil Saakashvili's palace. These dueling monuments to gargantuan egos, while betraying the two men's similar taste in architecture, also embody the...
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(Open Democracy) Azerbaijan has hydrocarbon riches and a strategic position, which means that all the great powers have an interest in good relations. But one family has dominated the political scene for many years, corruption is rampant and the economy needs diversifying. It’s time to open up, says Nicu Popescu.Foreigners normally tiptoe around Azerbaijan. They all want something from the country, be it in the field of energy or security. The EU...
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(The Moscow Times) It is exciting to observe politics in a foreign country because they often show what Russia lacks. That said, I am following the U.S. presidential race not so much to learn useful lessons but simply because it is fascinating to watch. It is like a major soccer match — only much more money is involved, like a chess game — and the moves and countermoves are far more complex. It is like going to the theater, except that nobody knows how...
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23 Sep 2012
(Washington Post) “Gazprom in its current form spreads so much cash around that, as Sam Greene, who studies state-society relations at the New Economic School here, put it, ‘They subsidize essentially the way politics is run in the country.’”Read the full article | © The Washington PostCumbersome Gazprom losing its cloutBy Will Englund and Kathy LallyPublished: September 23, 2012 
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15 Sep 2012
(Global Post) MOSCOW, Russia — It may have taken a long time, but it appears the European Union may finally be standing up to Gazprom. The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, last week launched an antitrust investigation into the Russian state gas behemoth’s European trading operations. That prompted a fiery reaction from the Kremlin that threatens a major confrontation over an issue at the heart of Moscow’s economic and political relations with...
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