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Language Is National Security in Belarus

October 30, 2014

On October 23, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka met with a group of Belarusian writers. In any country surrounding Belarus, a meeting like this would probably not be similarly newsworthy. The country has two writers’ unions and a...

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

Insurgency Reemerges in Kabardino-Balkaria

October 30, 2014

Nine years since the militants of Shamil Basaev and Anzor Astemirov ransacked Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria (RIA Novosti, September 7, 2013), on October 13, 2005, this republic remains a territory in a precarious...

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

As Confrontation With US Worsens, Moscow Hopes to Make Inroads Into Europe

October 30, 2014

The first of the two French-made helicopter-carrying Mistral-class assault ships, which Russia ordered in 2011, is reportedly ready for delivery. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced that a Russian official delegation...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Military/Security, Europe, Russia

Moscow’s Attempt to Annex Abkhazia Serves as a Bitter Lesson to Russia’s Friends and Opponents

October 29, 2014

On October 13, the Kremlin unveiled the so called “Agreement on Alliance and Integration” between Russia and breakaway Abkhazia (see EDM, October 23). To summarize this long and verbose text, the new treaty envisages a gradual...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Russia

Analyst from Tatarstan Asserts That the West Wants to Destabilize the Republic Using Islamists

October 29, 2014

The notoriously well-known analyst from Tatarstan, Rais Suleimanov, has attacked the West for alleged support of Islamists in the republic. In his controversial and contradictory report, Suleimanov accuses the West of supporting...

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

Moscow’s Empty Promises on Far East Could Undermine Government Credibility

October 29, 2014

As more people die in eastern Ukraine in the fighting between government forces and Russia-backed rebels, Moscow seems determined to pursue its internal economic goals despite the damage already caused by the West’s sanctions....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Economics, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Far East/Siberia

Russia’s Draft Military Doctrine: Clues, Drivers and Moscow’s Challenge to Washington

October 28, 2014

President Vladimir’s Putin’s decision, on September 2, to order adjustments to Russia’s 2010 Military Doctrine by the end of the year raised questions concerning the timing and its underlying intention (see EDM, September 9)....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Russia

Moscow Launches Second Effort to Marginalize Crimean Tatar Mejlis

October 28, 2014

Because the Crimean Tatars and their assembly, the Mejlis, have opposed the Russian Anschluss of their homeland since the beginning, Moscow and the Russian occupying authorities on the Ukrainian peninsula have attempted to break...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia

Germany Reconsiders Its Russia Policy in Light of Russia-Ukraine War

October 28, 2014

The German government’s response to Russia’s war against Ukraine—and by extension, Berlin’s assessment of Russia—is undergoing some reconsideration. Moscow has shaken Germany’s “trust” once more by flouting the armistice in...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Chancellor Merkel Insists on Russian Observance of Armistice in Ukraine

October 28, 2014

The German government has come round to the view that Russia’s actions against Ukraine potentially threaten the “European peace order.” Policy debates in Germany reflect, belatedly and still tentatively, this assessment (see...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Russia Pushes Kyrgyzstan to Adopt Draconian Legislation Ahead of Joining Customs Union

October 27, 2014

On October 15, Kyrgyzstani lawmakers in the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyzstan’s parliament) voted on an “anti–gay propaganda” bill to criminalize and impose up to year-long prison sentences for distributing information about...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Economics

Dagestani Clans Replicate Themselves Despite Government Efforts to Eliminate Them

October 27, 2014

On October 21, the authorities in Dagestan announced that the head of the Dagestani branch of the Russian Federal Service for State Registration, Cadaster and Cartography, Adam Amirilaev, had stepped down from his position and...

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

What Do Russian Probes in the Baltic Portend?

October 27, 2014

Earlier this month (October 2014), Scandinavian, and especially Swedish, media have focused on Sweden’s apparently abortive efforts to locate what was allegedly a disabled Russian reconnaissance submarine off its shores near...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Europe, Baltics, Nordics, Ukraine, Russia

Former Editor-in-Chief of Lenta.ru Launches New Media Project From Latvia

October 24, 2014

Galina Timchenko’s new Russian-language news media project, the website Medusa (medusa.io), was launched on October 20, in Riga, Latvia. Timchenko’s project became an intriguing topic in the Russian press after she was fired this...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Cyber, Europe, Baltics, Russia

Number of Disillusioned North Caucasian Militants Returning From Syria Increases

October 24, 2014

International observers have paid much attention to the fact that many foreigners are fighting against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Tunisia holds first place among the countries of Asia and Africa, supplying volunteer...

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

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