News Highlights

Surkov Says Kremlin Beat the Opposition

May 2, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov told students in London that the political system that he helped create had beat the opposition and suggested that he had been one Russia’s top businessmen when he worked for jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Laboring in Sochi No Slice of Heaven

The problems on Ruslan Zokhidov’s mind are not typical for a young man of his age: he is the least likely person to be found nattily dressed at a trendy night club or entering a university lugging a pile of books.

The Boston-Bomber Trail: Fresh Clues in Rural Dagestan

April 29, 2013

The incongruous tombstone of a Canadian mujahid stands on a lush hill at the edge of Utamysh, a village in southern Russia’s Dagestan region, within reach of the salty breeze that comes off the Caspian Sea. The riddles of the life it demarcates — the ones U.S. investigators are now reportedly studying in connection to the Boston […]

Search for Home Led Suspect to Land Marred by Strife

April 21, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had already found religion by the time he landed in Dagestan, a combustible region in the North Caucasus that has become the epicenter of a violent Islamic insurgency in Russia and a hub of jihadist recruitment. What he seemed to be yearning for was a home.