Commentary / World Jul 29, 2009

Old problem festers on China's new frontier

by Konstanty Gebert

WARSAW — Had the August 1991 putsch against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev not failed, the riots and death recently seen in Xinjiang could have been taking place in Russia. Instead of hearing about a crackdown in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital, we might be reading about ...

Commentary / World Jul 5, 2009

Putin's 'siloviki' move to resume command

by Anders Aslund

STOCKHOLM — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently announced that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have abandoned their separate talks to join the World Trade Organization. Instead, they would seek to enter the world trade body as a single customs union. In effect, this means ...