Publications by Paul A. Goble

Window on Eurasia: Russia’s Muslims Urged to Put Citizenship Ahead of Faith

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

Russia’s Muslims should identify themselves first as citizens, then as Muslims and only latterly as members of particular nationalities, according to a leader of Russian Islamic Heritage (RIH) organization, a group that seeks to unite the historically Islamic peoples of the Russian Federation.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Russian Region to Fight Wahhabis with Targetted Jobs Program

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

The Stavropol region has announced plans to provide targeted job assistance funds for a portion of the northern Caucasus where it says Muslim extremist groups -- including the Wahhabis --  have been especially active, “Izvestiya” reported on Friday (http://www.izvestia.ru/community/article2024509).    {read more}

Window on Eurasia: New Regulations Threaten Religious Freedom in Russia

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

Three reports from Moscow over the last several days highlight the various ways in which Moscow appears to be using ostensibly neutral regulations to increase its control over some religious organizations in that country and thus limit the religious freedom of all Russian citizens.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Russian Interests in Arctic Seen Under Threat

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

The Russian Federation is rapidly losing its positions in the Arctic Sea basin as a result of the actions of other countries in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union, the outflow of the population from the country’s northernmost territories, and Moscow’s failure to invest in the infrastructure of this region.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: On Kaliningrad, Another Russian Military ‘Mistake’?

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

A Russian military publishing house has made a mistake, fateful or farcical depending on one’s perspective, in a new atlas for Kaliningrad, the non-contiguous part of the Russian Federation:  In its depiction of the official shield of that region’s capital, the atlas shows not a ship but NATO’s “rose of the four winds.”  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Destruction of Chechen Mosques Opens Way for Radicals

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

Approximately 300 of the 350 mosques in Chechnya have been destroyed or heavily damaged as the result of the Russian invasion of that republic. That devastation in turn has reduced the influence the traditionally tolerant mosque-based Chechen Islam and allowed radicals, including Wahhabis, to expand their influence there.  {read more}

Kremlin Urged to Emulate Patriarch in Honoring Stalin's Victims

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Patriarch Aleksii's continuing efforts to honor those Orthodox Christians who died for their faith in Soviet times – people his Church refers to as "the new Russian martyrs"—has been recommended as a model for how the Russian government might honor the memory of all those who died in Soviet-era repressions.  {read more}

For Post-Soviet States, ‘Islamism’ is the ‘Zionism’ of Today

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Moscow, following the lead of Tashkent, is now using the term “Islamism” against Muslims in much the same way that the Soviet regime used the term “Zionism” against Jews  – as a justification for official actions of whatever kind against Muslims it does not like, according to a leading Russian specialist on Islam.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Moscow’s Approach to Islam Seen Threatening Russia’s Future

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Moscow’s confrontational approach toward the rapidly increasing Muslim population of the Russian Federation already has helped to generate Islamic fundamentalism there and if continued may ultimately threaten both that country’s territorial integrity and even the survival of Russian culture as such.   {read more}

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