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Russia: Moscow Bombing Shows Airport Vulnerability

Date: January 26th, 2011 | No Comments

The recent suicide bombing in the arrivals area of Moscow’s largest airport underscored the difficulty of securing large public spaces, whether in airports, train stations or other transit hubs. Officials blamed lax airport security for the deadly bombing, but few countries in the world restrict access to these public areas. Israel, Jordan and Pakistan are [read more]

Russia: Moscow Metro Bombings Deadliest Since 2004

Date: March 31st, 2010 | No Comments

The deadliest attack in Moscow since 2004 occurred March 29 when two female suicide bombers detonated bombs in the Moscow Metro system, killing 39 and injuring at least 70, many seriously. The bombers were believed to be from the North Caucasus and the attack in retaliation for the killing of an Ingushetian militant leader by [read more]

Russia: Two Train Bombings Raise Worries Over New Terrorist Campaign

Date: December 3rd, 2009 | No Comments

Two train bombings occurred within days recently, raising fears that a new wave of violence against the state may be underway similar to the campaign carried out by Chechen rebels in Moscow five years ago. The first bombing derailed a high-speed train on the main line between Moscow and St. Petersburg overnight Nov. 27-28, killing [read more]

Russia: Threat to Moscow Markets

Date: June 3rd, 2009 | 3 comments

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow reported that it has information about a potential threat targeting market areas in Moscow frequented by Central Asian and Caucasian immigrants. The threat purportedly came from a Russian nationalist group and specifically mentioned Cherkizovskiy Market, adjacent to Izamailovsky Park, as a potential target. Russian law enforcement authorities are assessing the [read more]

Russia: U.S. Student Stabbed in Possible Rascist Attack

Date: December 18th, 2008 | No Comments

An 18-year-old African-American exchange student was stabbed in an unprovoked attack in Volgograd, about 550 miles south of Moscow recently, an incident he and his family believe was a racist hate crime. Police, however, are not sure whether it was a random robbery attempt. For years, Russia has been plagued by gangs of skinheads attacking [read more]

Russia: Moscow Wilts under Heat, Smog

Date: August 10th, 2010 | No Comments

The hottest summer since record-keeping began 130 years ago combined with hundreds of wildfires burning to the west of Moscow has made the capital city a dismal place this summer. Moscow was blanketed in a noxious smog for a week before it began to lift, but the air remained heavily polluted Aug. 10. The U.S. [read more]

Russia and Georgia: Agreement to Reopen Border Crossing Marks Political Thaw

Date: December 30th, 2009 | No Comments

These two countries that fought a brief war in August 2008 have agreed to reopen a border crossing that has been closed for three years. The Verkhny Lars crossing is on the only highway between the two countries that does not go through the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where most of the [read more]

Russia: Work Permit Red Tape Becomes Redder, Government Admits Many Police Are Corrupt

Date: November 19th, 2009 | No Comments

The red tape for working in Russia just got a little more tangled now that immigration officials are requiring foreigners seeking work permits to present “diplomas” showing their credentials along with an “apostille,” a stamp from the foreigner’s Foreign Ministry certifying the diploma’s authenticity. The law demanding an apostille has been on the books since [read more]

Russia and Eastern Europe: Economic Crisis Raises Fear of Unrest

Date: April 1st, 2009 | No Comments

The global economic crisis has created fear of civil unrest in Russia and several Eastern European countries as millions have lost their jobs and are turning their anger against their governments. Russia has many towns throughout the country dependent on single industries, a carryover from the Soviet era, and when those industries fail the economies [read more]

Russia: Racial Attacks Increase in Moscow

Date: February 20th, 2008 | No Comments

Hate crimes against foreigners are increasing in Moscow, where four dark-skinned people were murdered in five days recently, prompting Moscow police to increase their street patrols throughout the city and the mayor to appeal for calm. Hate crime killings like these have increased steadily over the years, with ultranationalist “skinheads” often attacking in packs of [read more]

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