As speculation continues on the motives for the Tsarnaev brother’s actions, a journalist from the Caucasus offers a different take on life in the United States.
Russia has opted for authoritarian local leaders, rather than risk losing control of its southern frontier.
The Chechen authorities have lost the peoples' trust and most just want the anarchy to end - even if that means bringing the old rulers back. That gives Russia a second chance to take and hold Chechnya - but only if it is better behaved this time.
Back in August Armenian president Robert Kocharian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Heydar Aliev met in Geneva to sort out Karabakh "man to man" behind closed doors.
Azerbaijan's media put the number of homeless children in the country at 80,000 and rising. But human rights activists believe even this is an underestimate.
An IWPR journalist, allowed into Gori on a Russian tank, witnesses exultant pro-Moscow fighters rampaging through the blazing city.
But state says borrowing was needed to keep economy on an even keel.
Activists say more should be done to preserve historic structures in remote valley.
Election officials reject claims of inactivity levelled by OSCE observers.
Already hit by recession, people fear pain from massive price rise.