Monthly Archive: November 2005

Iran training Chechens to fight in Russia

Iran training Chechens to fight in Russia

Oh, this is going to just thrill the boys at the Kremlin – Iran is training Chechens in terror techniques: Iran is secretly training Chechen rebels in sophisticated terror techniques to enable them to...

Chechen elections

Chechen elections

I’ve held back from commenting on yesterday’s Chechen parliamentary elections, mainly because I’m pretty sure they’ll be… how can I put this?… unrepresentative. For anyone who hasn’t already worked out the lie of the...

Rodina Barred from Moscow Duma elections

Rodina Barred from Moscow Duma elections

The Moscow Times reports that Rodina, the nationalist (but not quite as ‘nationalist’ as Zhirinovsky’s mob) party have been barred from participating in the upcoming Moscow Duma election, amid claims that they are gaining...

FSB tanks fired on Beslan school

FSB tanks fired on Beslan school

The Jamestown Foundation notes that Defense Ministry tanks, under the command of the FSB, fired on Beslan School number one, as the school was being stormed. The revelation was made during the trial of...

Russia to buy Alaska?

Russia to buy Alaska?

Laurence Jarvik links to a couple of reports that Russia should buy Alaska to solve America’s finacial difficulties. I read the original Washington Post column by Steven Pealstein that proposed selling Alaska as a...

Is Nagorno Karabagh a state?

Is Nagorno Karabagh a state?

Over at Blogrel, Katy has sparked a debate about whether Nagorno Karabagh is really a state or not: Why do I ask? Well, if NK doesnÂ’t become part of Armenia and ends up being...

Should Russia waste its money on nuclear weapons

Should Russia waste its money on nuclear weapons

Charlie Ganske at Russia Blog has a thoughtful post about whether Russia should focus its energies on maintaining a nuclear arsenal, or on preventing the breakup of the Motherland. Today’s Washington Times features a...