GNXP's Razib Khan points to a German study suggesting that only 1% of children, not 10%, have biological fathers other than the people identified as such.
Language Hat notes the substantial immigration of Circassian-speaking Armenian Christians to the Russian North Caucasus in the 18th century.
At Lawyers, Guns and Money, Scott Lemieux doesn't think much of Alan Dershowitz's many intellectual contortions, on the matter of the Brooklyn College's conference and on other things.
Window on Eurasia links to speculation in a Russian regional paper as to the prospects for the amalgamation of different federal units. Could there be a Middle Volga unit dominated by Kazan' (and Tatarstan)?