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The Wait Is Finally Over: Chechen Leader Picks New Protege in ‘The Apprentice’-style Reality TV Show Finale

Ignore the corruption or human rights abuse allegations. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants you to know he’s a really great guy, and he’s got a reality show to prove it.

Argument

The Case for Outcast Media

In authoritarian states, foreign-based media can be the best source of reliable information — as one exiled Azerbaijan news outlet proves.

Transitions

A Car Bomb Rattles Georgians As Election Nears

The government in Tbilisi says all is well with democracy. But many Georgians aren’t so sure.

Argument

Another Country Gets Tired of Hope and Change

Voters in Georgia have had enough of turbulent politics. Their upcoming election is marked by apathy — and maybe that’s OK?

Passport

The Dissident’s Guide to Azerbaijan’s Formula 1 Grand Prix

One independent media organization is hoping to use the race as a guide to Azerbaijan’s endemic corruption, deteriorating press freedom, and beleaguered human rights activists.

Profile

The World’s Most Famous Dissident Journalist Returns to the Fight

Azerbaijan’s authoritarian rulers defamed, threatened, and jailed their country’s most stubborn journalist. But Khadija Ismayilova doesn’t know when to quit.

Dispatch

Cracking Down on Russia’s Caliphate

In Dagestan, authorities are trying to quash an Islamist insurgency that has sent hundreds of young Russians to Syria. They might be making it worse.

The Cable

Azerbaijan Blasts Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian may have 66 million followers on Instagram, but that doesn’t make her an expert on the frozen conflict in the mountainous Caucasus enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Argument

Freeze the Dictator Out

Azerbaijan’s authoritarian president is in Washington this week, plainly hoping for some love — or at least attention — from President Obama. He must not get it.

Transitions

Shooting of Opposition Leader Roils Georgia Ahead of Contentious Election

The shooting of Aleksi Petriashvili, a former minister, introduces a dangerous new element to Tbilisi's overheated politics.

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