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Prague Watchdog: The Argun hydroelectric scheme

posted by eagle on August, 2009 as ANALYSIS / OPINION

August 29th 2009 · Prague Watchdog / Usam Baysayev 

The Argun hydroelectric scheme

By Usam Baysayev, special to Prague Watchdog

I have long wanted to devote at least a line or two to the subject of the plans to build a cascade of hydroelectric power stations on the river Argun in western Chechnya. However, I have invariably postponed it – there is always something happening in Chechnya and Russia, increasingly with distinct implications of disaster. And although the explosion at Russia’s Sayan-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant in Eastern Siberia on August 17 was a tragedy of shocking proportions, I will not discuss it now, as I do not believe there will be a more convenient pretext for talking about the “Argun project".
My main profession is hydraulic engineering. At the Institute I was taught how to construct a dam, how to block a river and how to build a reservoir – for agricultural purposes, let me stress. Hydroelectric power is different, of course. The difference between it and what I was trained in ...

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Prague Watchdog: Suicide Attack

posted by eagle on as ANALYSIS / OPINION

August 28th 2009 · Prague Watchdog / Khasukha Magomadov 

Suicide attack

As this is our first experiment with the publication of fiction, we would like to draw our readers' attention to our future plan of opening our pages to contributions in various genres.

The editors, Prague Watchdog

 By Khasukha Magomadov, Chechen Republic

“ Damn it, I’m thirsty!” Yusup wiped his perspiring forehead with the back of the hand and picked up his assault rifle again.

“Well, go and buy some mineral water,” Vakha replied. 

“Oh yeah?” Yusup retorted. “If I go down to the kiosk the suicide bombers will come and blow everyone up.”

“Then sit still and stop whingeing,” Wakha said angrily. “You should have thought about the water this morning. Now you’ll just have to wait till we go off duty.”

Yusup and Vakha belonged to a Chechen interior ministry regiment special purpose unit. They had been sitting in ambush for over an hour now. As part of “Operation Anti-Suicide" all fixed and mobile police checkpoints throughout Chechnya were being guarded by soldiers hiding ...

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National Interest: The Soviet Abroad

posted by eagle on as ANALYSIS / OPINION

The Soviet Abroad
by Anatol Lieven


From the September/October 2009 issue of The National Interest.


Yevgeny PrimakovRussia and the Arabs: Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present, trans. Paul Gould (New York: Basic Books, 2009), 400 pp., $29.95.

YEVGENY MAKSIMOVICH Primakov’s Russia and the Arabs (which should really be called The Soviet Union and the Arabs, since most of it deals with that period, one in which Moscow still had enormous influence in the Middle East) is the latest contribution to the annals of the international competition for influence and power. The book—by a Moscow insider who held key positions in the USSR’s, and later Russia’s, foreign-policy establishment—is a firsthand account informed by decades of experience of Middle East crises, from the Arab-Israeli wars to Iraq and beyond. It also shows the profound impact of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry on the region and especially on attitudes toward Washington and Moscow in the Muslim world.

During the Russian-Georgian conflict of August 2008 I was in Pakistan, researching for a book; and viewing ...

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Interactive Investor: Russian Markets -- Factors To Watch On Aug 26

posted by eagle on as ANALYSIS / OPINION

(AFX UK Focus) 2009-08-26 07:23 
Russian markets -- Factors to Watch on Aug 26

MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Tuesday.

You can reach us on: +7 495 775 1242

STOCKS CALL (Contributions to

VTB Capital: Expects flat to lower opening of Russian exchanges. Bullish sentiment is ubiquitous these days, but to us the recent rally in risky assets feels more and more of a stretch, so we are keeping our underweight recommendation for Russian stocks at this juncture.

Chris Weafer, UralSib: Local markets are likely to open more or less as they closed yesterday ... Overall, investors continue to be both reluctant to push prices much higher and equally reluctant to sell.

Aton: The MICEX exchange's next support level is 1,090 points. News could be mixed today: while Asian stocks are up, oil prices are lower and this will weigh on Russian energy stocks.

EVENTS (All times GMT):

TSKHINVALI, South Ossetia - Celebrations in the breakaway region of South Ossetia to ...

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Window On Eurasia: With Regard To Ukraine, Medvedev Using Politically Incorrect Preposition

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Window on Eurasia: With Regard to Ukraine, Medvedev Using Politically Incorrect Preposition

Paul Goble

Vienna, August 24 – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev uses the less politically correct preposition “na” when speaking about things in Ukraine than does his predecessors, Vladimir Putin and Boris Yeltsin, who in almost all instances used “v,” an apparently small thing that many in Ukraine and elsewhere see as anything but.
In appointing Mikhail Zurabov as Russian ambassador to Kyiv, “Moskovsky komsomolets” reported last week, Medvedev has used the Russian formulation “na Ukraine” for “in Ukraine” instead of what has become the politically correct “v Ukraine,” something the Moscow paper says is another reason Ukrainians are unhappy with the current Kremlin leader.
Vladimir Lopatin, an expert on Russian linguistics at the Academy of Sciences, told the paper that he is a supporting of using “na” – or on – because “we lived with this preposition in o to Ukraine for centuries.” And that reflects that “the name ‘Ukraina’ originated in the word ...

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