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Chechens React to Boston Marathon Bombing Verdict

May 22, 2015

Immediately after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested for carrying out the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, multiple support groups mushroomed online, particularly on Russian social media. In the two years since Tsarnaev’s...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Russia’s Chiefs of the Military Academy of the General Staff, 2007–2015, and What They Tell Us About Russian Military Art (Part One)

May 22, 2015

The leadership of institutions can often reveal a great deal about these organizations’ changing place in the state and society. The General Staff has traditionally been the brains of the military and Russia’s “unblinking eye” on...

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

Victory Day and Belarus’s Diplomatic Offensive

May 22, 2015

On May 9, Belarus celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. According to Emmanuel Ioffe, an authoritative Minsk historian (no relation to this author), the overall number of Belarus’s casualties in that war...

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

Chechens React to Boston Marathon Bombing Verdict

May 22, 2015

Immediately after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested for carrying out the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, multiple support groups mushroomed online, particularly on Russian social media. In the two years since Tsarnaev’s...

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

Donetsk, Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ Seek International Legitimization Through Local Elections (Part One)

May 22, 2015

The possible international recognition of “elections” staged in the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (“DPR, LPR”) is one of the major innovations of the Minsk Two armistice agreement on Ukraine. It is Moscow’s innovation,...

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

North Caucasus Builds More and Bigger Mosques

May 21, 2015

After the demise of the Soviet state with its atheist policies, a massive process of rebuilding old and building new mosques started across the North Caucasus. Today, Chechnya has nearly 1,000 mosques and Dagestan has two or...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

What Does the Arrival of American Military Equipment in Georgia Mean?

May 21, 2015

On May 11, an unprecedented two-week military exercise, “Noble Partner 2015,” began at the former Russian military base, Vaziani, in the suburb of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Russia withdrew its last military forces from...

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

North Caucasus Builds More and Bigger Mosques

May 21, 2015

After the demise of the Soviet state with its atheist policies, a massive process of rebuilding old and building new mosques started across the North Caucasus. Today, Chechnya has nearly 1,000 mosques and Dagestan has two or...

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

Russia Prepares for Possible New Summer Military Campaign in Eastern Ukraine

May 21, 2015

Summer is the best time for major offensive military action in the Donbas region (Donetsk and Luhansk provinces) of eastern Ukraine. In the spring and autumn, long periods of bad weather turn unpaved roads and plains into a mud...

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

China and Kazakhstan to Construct a Trans-Kazakhstan Railway Line From Khorgos to Aktau

May 20, 2015

Kazakhstan is onboard to help make China’s Silk Road vision a reality. Speaking in Astana on May 5, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at a plenary government meeting, “We need to build a new railway line across the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Transit, Central Asia, Kazakhstan , China

Moscow Patriarchate Rapidly Losing Out in Ukraine—and Beyond

May 20, 2015

The Moscow Patriarchate is rapidly losing influence in Ukraine and may be dissolving from below. These trends could open the way to the formation of a single autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church, independent of Moscow, and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Victory Day Brings up Issue of Settling Old Scores in the North Caucasus

May 20, 2015

Victory Day in Russia was celebrated with especially great pomp this past May 9. An estimated 1.5 million people participated in marches across the country. The anniversary had some distinct novelties this year, such as the...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Victory Day Brings up Issue of Settling Old Scores in the North Caucasus

May 20, 2015

Victory Day in Russia was celebrated with especially great pomp this past May 9. An estimated 1.5 million people participated in marches across the country. The anniversary had some distinct novelties this year, such as the...

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

Russian Spetsnaz Personnel Detained in Ukraine

May 20, 2015

Ukrainian military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, told a press conference on May 17 that two Russian Spetsnaz (special forces) personnel were arrested by government forces 15 kilometers from Luhansk. The details surrounding the...

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

Pressure on Salafists in Dagestan Could Have Unpredictable Results

May 19, 2015

Mass arrests of Muslims in mosques have become a hallmark of the Dagestani head Ramazan Abdulatipov’s policies. While Abdulatipov’s predecessor Magomedsalam Magomedov engaged in a negotiating process and dialogue with the...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

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