Articles by Paul Goble



Young Russians Less Tolerant of Non-Russians Than Their Parents Are, Poll Finds

A survey of 1500 Russians conducted by Tomsk officials found that younger people in that city are less tolerant of representatives of other nationalities than their parents and other older people are, according to a press release from the new organization Children of the Mountains, which unites people from the North Caucasus now living in Russia.

Moscow Planning to Abolish Non-Russian Republics, Pavlova Says

Under the cover of the international effort against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the leaders of the ruling United Russia Party are planning to abolish the non-Russian republics within the Russian Federation and to create a unitary state far more severe in its constraints than even the one Stalin established in the Soviet Union, according to Irina Pavlova.

Sochi Olympics Makes the Circassian Genocide an International Issue, Analysts Say

Moscow's drive to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has transformed the question of the recognition of the Circassian genocide from a narrowly local issue into an international one by attracting the attention of intellectuals around the world, according to a Circassian scholar.

Sochi Olympics Makes the Circassian Genocide an International Issue, Analysts Say

Moscow's drive to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has transformed the question of the recognition of the Circassian genocide from a narrowly local issue into an international one by attracting the attention of intellectuals around the world, according to a Circassian scholar.

Why Aren't Russians in Revolt?

The spread of political protests in the Middle East and increasing problems inside Russia, including corruption, income gaps and official arbitrariness, have prompted ever more analysts to ask why Russians aren't going into the streets more often.

Why Aren't Russians in Revolt?

The spread of political protests in the Middle East and increasing problems inside Russia, including corruption, income gaps and official arbitrariness, have prompted ever more analysts to ask why Russians aren't going into the streets more often.

Khloponin Considers Cossacks for North Caucasus

Alexander Khloponin, the North Caucasus special envoy, has said his Уfirst taskФ should be to rely on a Cossack revival to return ethnic Russians to the region. But Cossacks have a troubled history there.

Khloponin Considers Cossacks for North Caucasus

Alexander Khloponin, the North Caucasus special envoy, has said his "first task" should be to rely on a Cossack revival to return ethnic Russians to the region. But Cossacks have a troubled history there.

Chechnya Is More Violent Than Reported

Ivan Sydoruk, the deputy prosecutor general of the North Caucasus Federal District, told federal senators that "a large portion of weapons are obtained by militants from the stores of military units." His other comments raised equal alarm.

Chechnya Is More Violent Than Reported

Ivan Sydoruk, the deputy prosecutor general of the North Caucasus Federal District, told federal senators that Уa large portion of weapons are obtained by militants from the stores of military units.Ф His other comments raised equal alarm.

FSB's Bill Holds Hidden Dangers for Free Speech

Human rights activists have succeeded in eliminating a provision of a draft bill on state secrets that would have blocked the media from covering most counterterrorist operations. But a provision that places a veil of secrecy over the financing of such operations has the potential to do more harm.

FSB's Bill Holds Hidden Dangers for Free Speech

Human rights activists have succeeded in eliminating a provision of a draft bill on state secrets that would have blocked the media from covering most counterterrorist operations. But a provision that places a veil of secrecy over the financing of such operations has the potential to do more harm.

State Readies for Street Clashes

Until recently, officials and politicians have downplayed the risk of massive street clashes and the state's preparation for them. But now, they have a counter-plan.

State Readies for Street Clashes

Until recently, officials and politicians have downplayed the risk of massive street clashes and the state's preparation for them. But now, they have a counter-plan.

Resin Wants Hearings on Religious Construction

The acting mayor of the Russian capital has called for holding public hearings on all construction projects for churches, mosques and synagogues. That could threaten the status quo between Moscow's government and the Moscow Patriarchate.

Resin Wants Hearings on Religious Construction

The acting mayor of the Russian capital has called for holding public hearings on all construction projects for churches, mosques and synagogues. That could threaten the status quo between Moscow's government and the Moscow Patriarchate.

Moscow Wants Emigrees Home, At Lower Cost

Moscow spent less than a quarter of the amount that it had budgeted to attract compatriots living overseas to come back to Russia, a slide that lessens the country's chances of getting Russians to return.

Moscow Wants Emigrees Home, At Lower Cost

Moscow spent less than a quarter of the amount that it had budgeted to attract compatriots living overseas to come back to Russia, a slide that lessens the country's chances of getting Russians to return.

Group Proposes an 'Ethnic Russian' Republic

In a move that could be called either a provocation by Russian regionalists and a power grab by a federal district, a self-described civic group has proposed transforming the Central Federal District into an ethnic Russian republic. The draft law is revealing.

Group Proposes an 'Ethnic Russian' Republic

In a move that could be called either a provocation by Russian regionalists and a power grab by a federal district, a self-described civic group has proposed transforming the Central Federal District into an ethnic Russian republic. The draft law is revealing.

Dagestan Plans Anti-Terror Units, Worrying Locals

Anti-terrorist units in Chechnya have accrued a horrible human rights record. But officials in Dagestan say violence in their republic now is warranting anti-terrorist units there. They say their soldiers will be different. Some are skeptical.

Dagestan Plans Anti-Terror Units, Worrying Locals

Anti-terrorist units in Chechnya have accrued a horrible human rights record. But officials in Dagestan say violence in their republic now is warranting anti-terrorist units there. They say their soldiers will be different. Some are skeptical.

GONGOs Are Returning in Force

GONGOs, or government-organized non-governmental organizations, are increasingly being used by Russian authorities to elbow aside genuine NGOs, a Russian journalist says.

GONGOs Are Returning in Force

GONGOs, or government-organized non-governmental organizations, are increasingly being used by Russian authorities to elbow aside genuine NGOs, a Russian journalist says.

Siberia's Status in Russia on Par With Russia's in the World

According to a leading economist, Siberia increasingly is to Russia what Russia is to the world: a supplier of raw materials that those who are consuming them take without much thought to what is happening at their source economically or ecologically.

Siberia's Status in Russia on Par With Russia's in the World

According to a leading economist, Siberia increasingly is to Russia what Russia is to the world: a supplier of raw materials that those who are consuming them take without much thought to what is happening at their source economically or ecologically.

School Closings Indicate 'Internal Decolonization' of Russia

A hunger strike by parents, teachers and graduates to protest the closure of five schools in the Ulyanovsk region has called attention to a broader, more frightening problem: the shutting down of schools with low enrollments in ever more villages.

School Closings Indicate 'Internal Decolonization' of Russia

A hunger strike by parents, teachers and graduates to protest the closure of five schools in the Ulyanovsk region has called attention to a broader, more frightening problem: the shutting down of schools with low enrollments in ever more villages.

Police No Longer Feel the Need to Deny Use of Torture

A recent article in the Russian edition of Newsweek notes that while some policemen have been charged with using torture, most of those suspected of doing so have escaped responsibility because of the interconnectedness of the police and investigators.

Police No Longer Feel the Need to Deny Use of Torture

A recent article in the Russian edition of Newsweek notes that while some policemen have been charged with using torture, most of those suspected of doing so have escaped responsibility because of the interconnectedness of the police and investigators.