Window on Eurasia: Russians Identify Their ‘Friends’ and ‘Enemies’

Russians disagree widely on which countries are the “friends” or “enemies”’ of their own, with no country being labeled as one or the other by more than half of the Russians sampled in a recent poll whose results have been released today  http://www.polit.ru/research/2005/06/10/friends.html). Conducted by the Levada Center May 13-18, the poll found that Russians…

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

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.

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Kremlin Urged to Emulate Patriarch in Honoring Stalin’s Victims

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.

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Window on Eurasia: Two Faces of Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin’s colorful suggestion last week that if Riga continues to press its territorial demands against the Russian Federation, Moscow won’t give Latvia land but rather only „a dead donkey’s ears” attracted widespread attention not only in Moscow but internationally as well.

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