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Odds, Ends, And Autocrats
Chechnya's maverick leader Ramzan Kadyrov is threatening to close his Instagram account after he was criticized for posting a photo of himself standing with an ethnic Chechen convicted for involvement in the killing of a Russian soccer fan in 2010. More
How Russia Is Ruled
Did the gray cardinal of the Kremlin jump ship? Was he pushed? And what are the implications of Vladislav Surkov’s exit from the halls of power? More
Regional Smoke Detector
In line with a recent amendment to last year's law reintroducing direct elections for the heads of Russia's 83 federation subjects, the Daghestani and Ingushetian parliaments have voted overwhelmingly for an alternative option. Will others follow suit? More
Digital Dissidents, Rogues
Governments and policy pundits frequently cite technology-penetration rates -- Internet, mobile phone, or social media -- as meaningful proxies for deeper concepts. Despite this, in fact, penetrations rates are futile. More
Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif is seen as keen on improving relations with the country's neighbors. In an interview with RFE/RL correspondent Abubakar Siddique, Pakistani author Ahmed Rashid weighed in on Sharif's likely approach to relations with Pakistan's neighbors and the United States. More
Notes Of An Iran Watcher
Conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari has criticized recent comments by hard-line cleric Ahmad Jannati suggesting what kind of car Iran's next president should -- or shouldn't -- drive. More
A European Union delegation has raised with Turkmen officials the case of a detained RFE/RL correspondent. More
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