Monthly Archive: March 2005

Weekly News #13a

Weekly News #13a

Top headlines this week include: Russia harboring Bosnian war criminals, opposition lose heavily in Kyrgyz elections and details of a new Chamber, appointed by Putin of course, to oversee the Duma.  (This week’s roundup,...

Russia harbouring Bosnian war criminals?

Russia harbouring Bosnian war criminals?

The Guardian today claims that Russia is sheltering Bosnian war ciminals, including a number suspected of involvement in the Srebrenica massacre, from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The revelation has come...

Russia backs China over Taiwan

Russia backs China over Taiwan

Following the passing of  an anti-secession law by China directed at Taiwan, Russia has come out firmly on the side of China. "The law outlines the key priority of the Chinese government – peaceful...

Communist Party joins 21st Century

Communist Party joins 21st Century

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is to use text messaging (SMS) to reach out to young people in Russia. At a party plenary meeting outside Moscow that focused on propaganda – a...

Chechnya: Just who is in charge?

Chechnya: Just who is in charge?

Abu Havs, or Abu Hafs, according to the Sunday Times is, with Shamil Basayev, in effective joint control of the Chechen rebel movement.  Newly appointed leader Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev is merely a figurehead. Abu Hafs...

Chechnya: The economic cost

Chechnya: The economic cost

This Sam Vaknin article analyzes the economic costs to Russia of the war in Chechnya, which cannot be measured just in terms of money.  However, even leaving aside the tens of thousands who have...

Kasparov swaps chess for politics

Kasparov swaps chess for politics

Garry Kasparov, probably the greatest chess player in the history of the game, has announced his retirement from professional competition.  He now plans to focus his considerable energies on Russian politics through his involvement...

Weekly News #12

Weekly News #12

A ‘President’ is killed in Chechnya, Communists win elections in Moldova, anti-government protests are held in both Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan, and two Baltic Presidents thumb their noses at Russia.  Plus all the latest about...

Chechens name Maskhadov successor

Chechens name Maskhadov successor

Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev has been named as the successor to Aslan Maskhadov.  Shamil Basayev has openly declared his support, as have both London-based Akhmed Zakayev, and Maskhadov’s son, also in exile.  Basayev confirmed that under...

Decision time in Chechnya

Decision time in Chechnya

The death of Aslan Maskhadov, Chechnya’s rebel President, has handed Russia’s President Putin has a great opportunity to make moves towards a peace deal in Chechnya.  Unfortunately for him, though, the next step is...