Russian Occupiers in Crimea Shut and then Re-open Gasprinsky Library But Allow Meeting in His Honor

September 26, 2014

Staunton, September 26 – Four days after the Russian occupation authorities closed down the Gasprinsky Library in Simferopol as part of their effort to rein in the Crimean Tatars, later reopening it presumably under tighter control, the same officials allowed a meeting to take place in Bakchisarai in honor of the centenary of the death […]

Russian Military Activities on Wrangel Island Threaten Arctic Ecology and Violate Moscow’s Commitments

September 25, 2014

Staunton, September 24 – Moscow’s decision to conduct a military exercise on Wrangel Island (map) and its dispatch there of soldiers from the Eastern Military District threatens the delicate ecosystem of that island and violates Russian law and Russian promises to protect that UNESCO-listed world wildlife site, according to Greenpeace Russia. In a statement released […]

North Caucasian Nation Increasing in Number Even Though Its Language is Dying

August 29, 2014

Staunton, August 29 – For many peoples, the death of their languages marks the beginning of the end of their national existences. But for others, the death of the one does not affect the life of the other. Indeed, some nations become more vital and nationalistic only after they stop speaking what some of their […]

How To Avoid Sanctions Like Sergei Naryshkin

April 16, 2014

Two days ago, the discussion on social networks was about how people on the EU sanctions list could nevertheless travel to France and even give press conferences in Paris.  The fourth most powerful official in Russia, the Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin, did just that. He found himself on the EU sanctions […]