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Black Cats in a Dark Room: Moscow’s Denials of Military Involvement in Eastern Ukraine

April 23, 2014 07:07 PM

Denials by Russia’s political-military leadership concerning alleged military involvement in eastern Ukraine are unsurprising and bear a resemblance to the official line on Crimea, until President Vladimir Putin recently confirmed their use. However, certain aspects of these official denials may shed some light on Moscow’s wider strategy in the Ukraine crisis. In each case, both in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine, Moscow has had to issue public rebuttals over the allegations of military involvement partly in order to minimize the risk of conflict escalation (Interfax, April 22, 17).On April 17,...


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Mongolia Hosts Brief Visit From US Defense Secretary

April 23, 2014

The last stop of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on his ten-day trip to Hawaii and Asia was to landlocked Mongolia. His short visit on April 10 featured charming photo-ops of his unique gift from the Mongolian government—a buff-colored horse that he named “Shamrock.” Although his position warranted this traditional gift from the Mongolian perspective, this honor, presented in the auspicious...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Central Asia, Mongolia

Russian Military Says It Will Lift Restrictions on Drafting North Caucasians

April 23, 2014

On March 31, a Russian Joint Staff official, Lieutenant General Vasiliy Tonkoshkurov, made a surprise statement about the country’s conscription campaign at a press conference on the spring 2014 military draft campaign in Russia. During the event Tonkoshkurov announced that residents of the North Caucasus would start being drafted into the Russian military along with everybody else. “Dagestan,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

The Olympic Truce Between Russia and Georgia

April 18, 2014

The chief of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), Alexander Bortnikov, stated at an April 9 meeting of the Russian security services and law enforcement agencies that the FSB thwarted a terrorist attack during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. “The prevention of the attack was possible thanks to the FSB’s cooperation with the security services of the United States, France, Germany, Austria...

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Victory Over North Caucasus Insurgency Remains Elusive for Moscow

April 18, 2014

The Russian authorities have admitted that the situation involving the insurgency in the North Caucasus has no clear positive outlook for the government. The Main Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Interior in the North Caucasus Federal District confirmed this assessment in a report on its counter-insurgency campaign in the region in the first quarter of 2014. According to the report, 36...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Further Rapprochement in Russo-Chinese Relations? Opportunities Versus Roadblocks

April 18, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit China for a summit in May. In advance of that meeting, Russian sources are again claiming that an agreement on a gas pipeline will be reached between Gazprom and its Chinese partners. Allegedly, both sides have agreed to the pricing formula and the volume of deliveries, though the actual price has yet to be decided. Russia will apparently...

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Azerbaijan’s Approach to the Crimean Crisis

April 17, 2014

The Ukrainian crisis and Russia’s annexation of Crimea have focused the attention of all the post-Soviet states. But especially concerned have been all the countries in the region that have their own internal unresolved conflicts as well as those neighboring states that maintain relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union. The former Soviet republic of...

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Signs of Inter-Ethnic Conflict Reappear in Disputed Border Area of North Ossetia

April 17, 2014

Tensions have recently spiked not in the Republic of Ingushetia itself, but in the border area of neighboring North Ossetia, which is populated by ethnic Ingush. Residents of the village of Maiskoe rose up in protest after the law enforcement agencies of North Ossetia–Alania arrested two Ingush. The Ingush contest the ownership of North Ossetia’s Prigorodny district. Prior to their deportation in...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Putin Hovering on the Brink of a Massive Invasion of Ukraine

April 17, 2014

The Ukrainian crisis and the “reunification” of Crimea with the rest of Russia dominated President Vladimir Putin’s almost four-hour-long televised national phone-in—an annual PR performance that had been previously dominated by discussion of pensions, utility payments, inflation, wages and other internal “bread and butter” issues. Putin vigorously defended the decision to “reunify Crimea with...

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Pro-Russia Paramilitaries Seize Ground in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of International Negotiations

April 16, 2014 08:26 PM

Pro-Russia armed groups fanned out during April 11–14 across Donetsk oblast, capturing the seats of authority in town after town: Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Makiyivka, Mariupol, Horlivka, Khartsyzk,...


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