Category Archives: Caucasus

On the Art of Noticing the Obvious, and Invisible People

One  principal advantage this blog enjoys over many other Russia-focused blogs in English is the participation of some ethnic-Russian and extremely competent speakers of English, some of whom still live in Russia. We are therefore offered direct access to at … Continue reading

Posted in Alexei Navalny, Boris Nemtsov, Caucasus, Corruption, Government, Khodorkovsky, Law and Order, Politics, Vladimir Putin, Yulya Latynina | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1,112 Comments

Hello; I’m From the European Council on Foreign Relations – I Hear You Have a Bridge For Sale.

Are you familiar with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)? No? Well, have a look at their website. Not to be a spoiler or anything, but let me quote briefly from it: “Inspired by the role American think tanks … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Corruption, Economy, Europe, Georgia, Government, Politics, Rule of Law, Saakashvili, Vladimir Putin | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2,017 Comments

Chechnya – What’s To Be Done?

The recent stabbing murder of a young Russian by a young man from the Caucasus – ostensibly over a girl; the Caucasian is alleged to have insulted the Russian man’s girlfriend, whereupon a fight developed that culminated (again, allegedly) in … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Corruption, Economy, Government, Investment, Politics, Russia, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , | 705 Comments

Under New Management – A Progress Report on Ivanishvili’s Georgia

“The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. The show goes on because it’s time” Lorne Michaels On October 1st, 2012, it was time. And the show went on. The increasingly-autocratic and dysfunctional government of Mikheil Saakashvili was swept away … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Corruption, Economy, Georgia, Government, Investment, Politics, Saakashvili, Trade | Tagged , , , , , , | 514 Comments

The Moscow Times’ Latynina Blows Her Wheels: Next Stop, Bellevue?

As newspapers go, The Moscow Times is heavy on the outrage and light on the research. It employs a stable of colourful journalists, including Alexei Bayer – whose articles typically carry the byline “Alexei Bayer, a native Muscovite” although he … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Corruption, Economy, Georgia, Government, Rule of Law, Saakashvili, Vladimir Putin | Tagged , , , , , , , | 716 Comments

Mikheil Saakashvili Channels His Inner Nixon

Once upon a time, posters were youth’s talisman against an ordinary life of mediocrity – large, colourful pictures decorating our walls which advertised not so much who we were as who we wished we were; the circles in which we … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Georgia, Government, Law and Order, Politics, Saakashvili | Tagged , , , , , | 555 Comments

The Clumsiness of Russia’s North Caucasian Policy – Part I

Late night boozin’ – oh, I’m out of control Red light cruisin’ got no sense of soul I knew, you knew; we both knew the crime Blacker, bluer;  I’m back in line… From “Makin It Work”, by Doug and the … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Education, Government, Politics, Rule of Law, Russia | Tagged , , , , | 539 Comments