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Will Islamic Fundamentalists Threaten Russia’s Winter Olympics?

Posted February 22nd, 2011 at 10:39 pm (UTC+0)
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One thousand days from now, television cameras from around the world will focus on Krasnaya Polana, Russia’s new ski resort complex on the western end of the Caucasus Mountains. The ski and snowboard events of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held on slopes now under construction. Last weekend, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President […]

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Can the Arab revolt spread to Russia and the former Soviet Union?

Posted February 17th, 2011 at 8:13 pm (UTC+0)
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I had dinner the other night with Alexei Navalny, Russia’s sandy-haired, impassioned, anti- corruption activist. At 34 years of age, Alexei is using his internet campaign to build a place for himself in Russia’s political future But over dinner, at Moscow’s trendy Red October arts complex, every third sentence of Alexei’s discourse was punctuated by […]

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Kremlin Fear of WikiLeaks lead to deportation of British reporter?

Posted February 9th, 2011 at 7:53 pm (UTC+0)
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Marching on an embankment between the ice-bound Moscow River and the snow-bound British Embassy, a pro-Kremlin youth group demonstrated last month for the freedom of Julian Assange, the mastermind behind WikiLeaks. The march featured a top hatted Uncle Sam leading a submissive John Bull on a leash. In bold white letters, a red banner demanded […]

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Islamic Prohibition: Russia’s Dry Corner

Posted February 2nd, 2011 at 9:24 pm (UTC+0)
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It was Friday night at the Assa. That’s the top hotel in Ingushetia, a republic in Russia’s heavily Islamic Caucasus region. There were two tables of visiting journalists. And in one corner, at a third table: six ethnic Russian men, eating dinner and quietly nursing their vodkas. Something did not add up. Russian men, Friday […]

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