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April 21, 2014 02:00 PM

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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, Yenakiyeve, Zhdanivka, and several others.  This is a conflict coordinated from Moscow, designed to create faits accomplis on the eve of international negotiations on Ukraine (see below). The Kremlin is creating a territorial entity in eastern Ukraine in order to promote Ukraine’s “federalization.”Pro-Russia “terrorist” groups—as the government in Kyiv began designating them—seized the city...


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Ideological Arguments in Belarus: Is the Cold War Back?

April 16, 2014

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka gave an interview to the Russian TV channel NTV on April 13. In it, he assigned most of the blame for the current crisis in Ukraine to its previous government—specifically, to its lack of attention to the Ukrainian economy and to combatting pervasive corruption. “One should not attribute these phenomena to Americans, to the West at large or to Russia,” said...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Belarus

Circassians Say Russian Citizenship Should Be Equal for All Ethnic Groups

April 16, 2014

On April 4, Russia’s State Duma passed a law that simplifies the process of acquiring Russian citizenship. The new legislation enables people to obtain a Russian passport if they speak Russian and their immediate ancestors lived on the territory of the Russian Federation, Russian Empire or the Soviet Union. The applicants must move to Russia and renounce their foreign citizenship to qualify. If...

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

Chechen Population Set to Explode

April 15, 2014

Much has been made in Moscow and the West in recent months about falling fertility rates—the number of children per woman over a lifetime—among the Muslim nationalities of the North Caucasus, with some Russian and Western experts suggesting that the Russian Federation no longer faces a demographic threat from that direction. But a set of new figures from Chechnya show why that is not the case....

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

Early Presidential Election Campaign Starts in Ukraine

April 15, 2014

On April 4, the Ukrainian Central Electoral Commission completed the registration of candidates for the country’s snap presidential election. It had been scheduled for May 25 by parliament in February, immediately after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych. Yet, the campaign has already attracted some violence as a number of registered candidates have come under attack from groups espousing...

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If War Comes Tomorrow: Putin’s Gamble in Eastern Ukraine

April 15, 2014

Russian, Ukrainian and Western media, commentators and officials offer conflicting interpretations of Russia’s military “buildup” along Ukraine’s eastern border. The reality of the size and composition of those forces is fiercely disputed. A near war of words has erupted between Moscow and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) following the Alliance releasing unclassified satellite images...

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The Cost to Ukraine of Crimea’s Annexation

April 14, 2014

The Ukrainian government has apparently understated its possible economic losses caused by Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. According to a recent valuation by the Ukrainian Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Russia seized an estimated 127 billion hryvna ($10 billion) of assets in Crimea, which included both natural resources and business assets...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Europe, Ukraine

Ukrainians Replace North Caucasians as the Universal Villains in Russia

April 14, 2014

The Russian invasion of Crimea and the tensions with the West that followed it have created a new public climate in Russia with regard to the North Caucasus. “Today, when Russia has found itself practically on the verge of war with its closest neighbor, all resources—law enforcement personnel, journalists, etc.—are being dispatched to the Ukrainian front,” Dagestani expert Ruslan Kurbanov wrote...

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

The Gas Offensive With Spetsnaz Probing Strikes in the Ukrainian Campaign

April 14, 2014

Inevitably, Russia is trying to regain the initiative in the Ukrainian crisis by applying the most powerful instrument of its foreign policy—the export of natural gas to Europe. Last Thursday (April, 10), President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to the leaders of the 18 European states that purchase Russian gas via pipelines going through Ukraine with a stark warning that their supplies were at...

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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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