Publications by Paul A. Goble

Window on Eurasia: When the Russian State Won’t Help, Muslim Groups Do

Publication Date: Monday, June 20, 2005

Muslim organizations in the Russian Federation are providing significant assistance to some of the most disadvantaged segments of that country’s population – Muslim and non-Muslim alike – now that the Russian government has shown itself to be either unwilling or unable to offer such help.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: 5,000-Place Mosque Opens in Chechnya

Publication Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Muslims of Chechnya today marked the opening of their new central mosque, an enormous structure with five minarets capable of accommodating up to 5,000 worshippers at a time and a building that many of those who took part in the celebration hope marks the beginning of the restoration of traditional Chechen Islam.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Russians Divided on Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

Russians remain almost equally divided on whether the Soviet Union should have signed the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany, an agreement that most historians argue opened the way for the start of World War II in Europe.   {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Putin Seen Promoting 'Society of Citizens' Against 'Civil Society'

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

President Vladimir Putin is promoting “a society of citizens” who enjoy a variety of rights and freedoms against “a civil society” organized in ways that allow groups of citizens to put pressure on the Russian state, according to one Moscow commentator.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Official Groups Don’t Control Muslim Youth in North Caucasus

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

Russian government officials and Muslim leaders are concerned by the increasing number of Muslim youth organizations in the North Caucasus that are not subordinate to the government-backed Muslim spiritual directorates (MSDs) there.   {read more}

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}

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