These Bronze Age Humans Were History's Biggest Weed Dealers
The finest dank the Caucasus had to offer.
Islamic State Affiliate Blamed for Attack on Tourists in Southern Russia
Russian authorities say three gunmen who killed one sightseer and wounded 11 others in Dagestan belonged to a militant group that has pledged allegiance to IS.
war and conflict
The Bad Blood Between Russia and Turkey Is Spreading to Armenia and Azerbaijan
The rising tension between Turkey and Russia has raised fears of a proxy war in the Caucasus between the two tiny former Soviet republics.
Chechen Strongman Calls Islamic State Governorate in Caucasus a 'Bluff'
Analysts suggest that the Islamic State could fill a power void in the region's simmering insurgency and eventually help fund and organize attacks on Moscow and other cities around Russia.
Blame Game Begins as Caucasus Men Are Charged with Boris Nemtsov's Murder
The arrest of two Chechens has given rise to a theory that they had acted out of anger over Nemtsov's support of 'Charlie Hebdo,' though it has also raised the possibility that Ramzan Kadyrov could be connected to the murder.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen Leader With a $5M Islamic State Bounty on his Head
As fighters from the Caucasus flock to IS, Putin's man in Grozny will do anything to stop the rekindling of an Islamist insurgency in his fiefdom — even turn off the internet.
Yes, There Are Chechen Fighters in Ukraine, and Nobody Knows Who Sent Them There
Chechnya's president denied sending armed men to fight in Ukraine — but they are there anyway.
Islamic Separatists and Emoticons: The Fatwa
Jurists with the Vilayat Dagestan jihadist insurgency in the North Caucasus region have determined the theological standing of emoticons.
defense & security
How Much Anti-Terrorism Security Did $2 Billion Buy Sochi?
Vladimir Putin guaranteed the Sochi Olympics would be safe from terrorism, and he's gone to great lengths to make good on his promise.
Terrorism Is Still a Very Real Threat in Sochi
The hastily done, poorly executed construction projects in Sochi could have given regional terrorists the perfect cover to plan and set up an attack at the Olympics.
defense & security
Terrorism Is Still A Very Real Threat In Sochi
The hastily done construction projects in Sochi could have given terrorists the perfect cover to set up an attack at the Olympics.
Opinion and Analysis
Why the Hell Are the Olympics Being Held in Sochi, Anyway?
Vladimir Putin has…complicated reasons for hosting the Winter Olympics in a subtropical beach town located near an ongoing insurgency.