For Russian President Vladimir Putin, Armenia, in many ways, must offer a welcome contrast to Ukraine and its building protests against economic integration with Russia and its proposed trade bloc, the Customs Union.
For Georgia, the signing of an association agreement marks a major stride toward the European Union. But the pact should not be construed as an insurance policy against continued meddling by Moscow, experts say.
Scientists have been studying data on the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February – the largest asteroid in more than a century to enter the earth’s atmosphere. Three studies published this week suggest that such occurrences could be more frequent in the future.
Why is the Chelyabinsk meteor now considered to be such a historic event?
Anyone following Tajikistan’s presidential election cycle knows that Imomali Rahmon is a cinch to win another seven-year term on November 6. But the lack of genuine electoral options is a source of frustration for an important constituency – the million-strong community of Tajik labor migrants in Russia.
A suicide bombing in the Russian city of Volgograd on October 21 raised the specter of Islamic radical-inspired violence at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin can be counted on to use a heavy hand to keep a lid on trouble during the showcase event.
Central Asian migrant workers in Russia are dealing with tough times. So it’s no surprise that those working out at a mixed martial arts gym in an industrial part of Moscow’s Donskoy District are getting tough – and most say they’re training for self-defense.