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Muhammadsobir Fayzov, a Tajik suspect in the Moscow terror attack, sits in a glass cage in the Basmanny District Court in Moscow on March 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Why Russia fears the emergence of Tajik terrorists

News that four of the suspects in the Moscow terror attacks are Tajik will likely result in further demonization against people already facing poverty and discrimination, despite a glorious history.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech before presenting the Russian Hero of Labour gold medals in June 2023. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin’s gold strategy explains why sanctions against Russia have failed

Russia has tied its currency to gold to evade sanctions. Shifting the ruble away from a pegged value and into the gold standard itself is aimed at making it a credible gold substitute at a fixed rate.

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