Abkhazia’s Elections: Controversy and Possible Conspiracy

On October 9, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Abkhazia’s Elections: Controversy and Possible Conspiracy

Abkhazia’s elections headed to a run-off after a tie on August 25. The run-off contest was held on September 8 between incumbent Raul Khajimba and opposition candidate Alkhas Kvitsinia.  Khajimba received 47.3 percent of the vote, beating out Kvitsinia’s 46.17 percent. Kvitsinia’s team disputed the results over Article 19 from…

Russia’s Reckless Development of Nuclear Weapons

On September 16, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Russia’s Reckless Development of Nuclear Weapons

By Maren Haneberg A nuclear explosion rocked an offshore platform in the White Sea on August 8, killing five nuclear scientists and two Defense Ministry employees. The following weekend, the Kremlin only provided small details and contradictory information, an approach which added to the suspicion surrounding the incident. Finally, on…

Moscow Police Arrest Over One Thousand Protesters

On August 3, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Moscow Police Arrest Over One Thousand Protesters

By Izatt Folkman Nearly 1,400 people were arrested last weekend in Moscow for protesting against the Kremlin’s decision to bar independent candidates from running for election in Moscow’s city Duma (Walker). While the police let go many of these people without much fuss, around 150 people remain in custody.            …

The Man Vladimir Putin Fears Most

On August 3, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Man Vladimir Putin Fears Most

By Clayton Chudleigh This is how The Wall Street Journal described Alexei Navalny back in 2012 near the beginning of his prominence in Russia as a political activist. Navalny has been an outspoken critic of political and governmental corruption as well as a critic of President Vladimir Putin himself, calling…

The Kremlin Tightens Data Laws

On July 27, 2019, Posted by , In Europe, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Kremlin Tightens Data Laws

By Izatt Folkman Russia created several heavy data laws after it illegally annexed Crimea and Western powers imposed sanctions on it (RFE/RL). However, one of the first data laws that Russia was involved with came about in 2012-2013 with the introduction of the now-defunct BRICS organization.  BRICS was an organization…