An obscure organization is urging governments across the former Soviet Union to shore up their “cyber-borders” in the face of threats from potential color revolutions, and consider blocking websites such as Google, Facebook and YouTube.
The government’s persecution in Tajikistan of its domestic opposition in recent months has been relentless and systematic. Now a briefing paper issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee documents how the hunt for critics of Tajik authorities is extending far beyond the country’s borders.
Azerbaijan wants to wriggle out of a diplomatic dilemma by trying to reconcile Turkey, its closest strategic ally, and Russia, with whom it shares a Soviet past. But experts believe the risk of Azerbaijan getting dragged into the brewing confrontation may be higher than Baku’s ability to broker a solution.
In November, international experts and officials gathered in the capital of Tajikistan to discuss the country’s obligations in the telecommunications sector under its recently minted World Trade Organization membership status.
For China, the New Year got off to an inauspicious start in the South Caucasus country of Georgia after a Chinese-Georgian consortium failed to win a contract to build a deep-water port on the Black Sea.
It might seem like the perfect welcoming gift after arriving on a flight and clearing passport control — a free, 375-milliliter bottle of Georgian dry red wine presented by Georgian authorities to each visiting foreigner.
As Russia’s economic crisis deepens, President Vladimir Putin will need to turn his attention to keeping the lid on domestic discontent. But Putin’s understanding of the imperial nature of the Russian state could potentially hamper his ability to craft policies that give the country the best chance of avoiding a repeat of history.