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Surprising Results of Russian Public Opinion Poll on War in Ukraine

By Richard ArnoldThe results of Russian public opinion center VTsIOM’s recent poll, published on February 2, concerning the war in eastern Ukraine make for an interesting read. According to the poll 50 percent of respondents believe the developments in Ukraine should be called a “civil war.”... MORE

Saami Doing Much Better in Norway Than Across the Border in Russia

By Paul GobleMembers of the Saami nationality living in northern Norway are doing far better than their co-ethnics living on the other side of the Russian Federation border near Murmansk. Indeed, the differences between the standard of living of the two groups represents one of... MORE

Russian Internet Freedom Still Threatened, Despite Government Claims

By Risa Chubinsky   Two weeks ago, an anonymous federal source stated that an upcoming meeting of the Security Council was planning to discuss whether or not to develop the internal capabilities to temporarily disconnect Russia from the worldwide web (Vedomosti, September 19). President Putin... MORE

Water Dispute Heats up on the Dagestan-Azerbaijan Border

By Paul GobleThe Dagestan-Azerbaijan border has been a troubled one since 1991 because it divided communities that had long been united and left people on one side who felt greater affinity for ethnic communities on the other. But that problem, which many observers had thought... MORE

Announcement of New Polish Government Hints at Less Active Foreign Policy

By Matthew CzekajFollowing the selection, this past August, of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to head the European Council in Brussels, his named successor, Ewa Kopacz revealed the make-up of her new cabinet on Friday, September 19 (, September 19). The new government, in many... MORE

Russia Imposes New History Textbooks on Crimean Schools

By Paul GobleHistory teachers, the deputy education minister in Russian-occupied Crimea says, are going to have to make “a 180-degree turn” in their work, eliminating Ukrainian histories and replacing them with Russia-centered texts. While “Ohm’s law remains Ohm’s law” even in Crimea, Vladimir Buyakevich said,... MORE

Putin’s Journey Along the Sino-Russian Border

By Gregory ShtraksLast week (September 2), Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli for the opening of the China-Russia gas pipeline and the Russian president’s subsequent sojourn to Mongolia, his first state visit to Ulaanbaatar since 2004, made headlines throughout the world (Renmin... MORE

No Crimea or Novorossiya Likely In Kazakhstan

By Paul GobleMore ethnic Russians have fled Kazakhstan to go to the Russian Federation than their counterparts in any other former Soviet republic, and many still there are unhappy with Astana’s language policies. And yet, the ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan today—who number 3.6 million and... MORE

Azerbaijan Strengthens Its Cooperation With NATO

By Leyla AslanovaAs Azerbaijan begins its fourth Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) cycle with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), tensions are on the rise with its neighbor Armenia over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Karabakh, occupied by Armenian forces. The latest serious armed confrontations... MORE

Karabakh Fighting Intensifies Lezgin Separatism in Azerbaijan

By Paul GobleNew violence between Baku and Yerevan over the occupied territories (see EDM, August 7) has sparked a new wave of separatism among the Lezgins of Azerbaijan. This ethnic community calculates that the violence gives it a new chance to gain autonomy via Moscow’s... MORE