n.38 October 2011

Over the last decade, Russia has taken to reviving memories of Soviet times. The romantic push, fueled by former president and now
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has helped stir up national pride at a time when Russia lacks the clout it once had.

The murder of convicted Russian war criminal Yuri Budanov, a colonel in the Russian army who served in Chechnya, has raised fears of systematic retaliation by Groznyy as it begins to identify Russian soldiers and agents who committed atrocities during the two Chechen wars. More troubling is the whiff of Russian complicity, since Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a fan of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
But how much will Moscow tolerate?

In late 2010, a startling book by left-wing politician Thilo Sarrazin put Germany’s post-Nazi tolerance on the ropes. . Germany’s Turks, he wrote, were lazy, stupid, and uninterested in becoming part of German society.

In mid-2010, Kyrgyzstan became the only Central Asian state to move toward democratic rule, sacking its authoritarian president and passing a referendum on parliamentary rule.