A Very Russian Murder

January 25, 2016

A culture of impunity is endemic at the Kremlin.  If there was ever a case of cloak and dagger, this was it: Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent working for MI6, an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin with a close connection to a renegade oligarch—Russia’s...

Putin’s National Idea

December 26, 2013

Is building a national ideology a viable solution for Putin to consolidate power? Today, it is widely acknowledged in Russian society that a unifying national idea is virtually non-existent. Even two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia continues to be characterized as...

The Subversive Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

August 07, 2013

Political turmoil in the North Caucasus threatens to mar the Sochi Winter Olympics. On July 3, the leader of the Chechen terrorist group "Emirate Caucasus," Doku Umarov, released a video where he urged his supporters to disrupt the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. In his video, he calls the games a...

After the Boston Attacks: The Role of Terrorism in the Northern Caucasus

May 23, 2013

Because the Boston Bombers came from Chechnya, the country is now back on the public agenda. With the Boston Bombings, public attention has returned to the subject that disappeared from the media over the last few years: Chechnya, the attackers’ country of a origin. At present, it appears...