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Moscow Supports Creation of Single Agricultural Cossack Enterprise in Stavropol Region

September 27, 2016

In the past several years, Moscow has reinvigorated its efforts to unite the plethora of Cossack organizations in southern Russia. One of the most important issues dividing various groups of Cossacks has been their affiliation...

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

The ‘Prussian Curse’ on Kaliningrad Governors Remains Unbroken

September 27, 2016

On July 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin relieved the governor of Kaliningrad Oblast, Nikolay Tsukanov, of his duties (Krpress.ru, July 29). Tsukanov’s temporary replacement, Major-General Evgeny Zinichev, used to head the...

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

Is Putin Planning a ‘Hybrid’ Deportation of Crimean Tatars and North Caucasians?

September 27, 2016

Reportedly, the Kremlin is mulling an idea to relocate 500,000–1,000,000 people from the southern portions of the Russian Federation to the Far East and Siberia. This prospect has sparked fears among some non-Russians....

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

Belarus and Russia Experience New Bout of Tensions

September 26, 2016

In recent years, there has been no shortage of bad blood between Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and the Russian Kremlin. For example, in February 2004, Lukashenka referred to the stoppage of Russian natural gas flows...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Economics, Europe, Belarus, Russia

Russian Regional Elections: Complete Predictability Can Become Unpredictable

September 26, 2016

The September 18 Russian elections (see EDM, September 19) were not only for the State Duma. In this “single voting day,” Russians also elected 7 governors and 39 regional legislative assemblies.

Governors in today’s Russia are...

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

After a Delay, Russia Delivers New Types of Weapons to Armenia

September 26, 2016

During preparations for a military parade to mark the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence on September 21, Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile launchers (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) appeared on the streets...

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

SOCAR’s Complicated DESFA Deal Faces New Setbacks

September 22, 2016

Rovnag Abdullayev, the head of Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR), told reporters on September 5 that his company is waiting for an explanation from the Greek government for its violation of the originally agreed-upon...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, Europe, Balkans, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan

Chechnya Hosts International Islamic Conference

September 22, 2016

It has become common practice for the authorities to hold large international Islamic conferences in Chechnya. The latest such conference took place on August 25–27, 2016, in Grozny. Over 100 religious leaders from 30 countries...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia, Middle East, Egypt

Russian Military Presence in Syria Increasing With Carrier Deploying to Eastern Mediterranean

September 22, 2016

It took several month of intermittent talks between the United States and Russia and many multi-hour marathon sessions between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to hammer out the Syrian...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Syria, Russia

Free Trade Agreement With China Boosts Georgia’s Security, Strategic Regional Importance

September 21, 2016

On September 13, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Georgian government and Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili stated at a press conference that Tbilisi and Beijing had finalized a free trade...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

Belarusians Debate Parliamentary Elections

September 21, 2016

Political commentators continue to discuss the outcomes of Belarus’s September 11 parliamentary elections (see EDM, September 12). According to the official results, the lowest voter turnout was in the city of Minsk, 61 percent;...

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

Could Africa Become a New Leading Market For Russian Arms Sales?

September 21, 2016

Africa has never been a particularly high foreign policy priority for the Russian Federation. This is mainly due to a lack of resources and capacity in Moscow; for if those were present, an ambition to aspire to a role on the...

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

Circassians in Predominantly Ethnic-Russian Krasnodar Demand Recognition as Region’s Indigenous Population

September 20, 2016

Ramazan Khun, a Circassian activist from Russia’s Krasnodar region, posted an unusual online petition on the website Change.org. The petition calls on the Russian government, President Vladimir Putin, and the administration of...

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

Moscow Again Trying to Pit Ethnic Russians in Northeastern Estonia Against Tallinn

September 20, 2016

Moscow is again stirring the pot in northeastern Estonia, trying to pit the ethnic-Russian community there against Tallinn. And it is doing so in the classic tradition of Vladimir Putin’s “hybrid” war: specifically, Russia is...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Europe, Baltics, Russia

Moscow Tests Network-Centric Military Capability in Kavkaz 2016

September 20, 2016

Every year, the Russian Armed Forces stage a large-scale training exercise to serve as the pinnacle of the combat training season. These annual major exercises are held, on a rotational basis, across Russia’s various military...

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

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