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Will the Opposition Gain Seats in the Belarusian Parliament, and Is That Still Relevant?

May 25, 2016

The European Union and the United States are intensifying their appeals on Minsk to ensure transparency and democratic standards during the parliamentary elections scheduled for September 11. Deputy Assistant Secretaries of State...

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

Russia’s Kerch Bridge: Time to Act for Ukraine

May 25, 2016

The bout of great-power euphoria sparked by the 2014 annexation of Crimea did not last long in Russia. The Kremlin quickly realized the region’s total dependence on mainland Ukraine. Over the past 60 years, heavy capital and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Transit, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia

Ethnic Russians Sound Alarm About Declining Russian Presence in Tuva

May 25, 2016

On May 18, the authoritative Russian newspaper Kommersant published an unexpected appeal on behalf of ethnic Russians living in Siberia’s Republic of Tuva. Rossiyane, a union of Russian-speaking citizens in the republic,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Russia, Far East/Siberia

Strange Bedfellows: Latvian Nationalists and Ethnic Russians Both Want to Block Entrance of More Russians

May 24, 2016

It has often been remarked that politics can make strange bedfellows, bringing together groups that one could not imagine agreeing on anything. That is what has been happening in Latvia, where Latvian nationalists and...

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

Shoigu Builds Mythical Russian Army

May 24, 2016

Since President Vladimir Putin appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in November 2012, the official message from the top brass and leading defense officials presents the Russian military as advanced, reformed and undergoing...

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

Four-Day Karabakh War Highlights Threats to Energy Security on NATO’s Southeastern Flank

May 23, 2016

The periodic escalation of violence in and around the separatist Azerbaijani territory of Karabakh routinely raises concerns about this conflict’s threat to regional energy security and pipeline infrastructure. However, few...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, Military/Security, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Georgia, Armenia, Europe

Moscow Heightens Pressure on Circassian Activists on Their Remembrance Day

May 23, 2016

In 1990, Circassian activists designated May 21 as the Day of Mourning and Remembrance to commemorate the final destruction of their nation in 1864 by the Russian Empire. Since then, Circassians in the North Caucasus and outside...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia, Middle East

The Futility of Dialogue With Putin

May 23, 2016

The need to keep the channels of dialogue open with an unpredictable Russia is taken as an absolute imperative by many Western politicians. But they are often surprised when this tactic backfires. The foreign ministers of the...

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

In New Video, Georgian-Born Muslim al-Shishani Discusses Russian Presence in Syria

May 20, 2016

Muslim al-Shishani is the nom de guerre of Murad Margoshvili, commander of the Junud al-Sham (“Soldiers of Syria”) insurgent group operating in Syria. Margoshivili is a Georgian national, but he is also an ethnic Kist, a member...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

In New Video, Georgian-Born Muslim al-Shishani Discusses Russian Presence in Syria

May 20, 2016

Muslim al-Shishani is the nom de guerre of Murad Margoshvili, commander of the Junud al-Sham (“Soldiers of Syria”) insurgent group operating in Syria. Margoshivili is a Georgian national, but he is also an ethnic Kist, a member...

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

Georgia’s Main Opposition Party Suffers Declining Support, Internal Fracturing

May 20, 2016

Giorgi Vashadze, a high-ranking member of Georgia’s formerly ruling United National Movement (UNM) and a member of the Georgian parliament, left his political party on May 5. Immediately, he unleashed harsh criticism for the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

Normandy Meeting Aborts Ukraine’s Proposal on OSCE Police Mission

May 20, 2016

Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine held an expanded meeting of their foreign affairs ministers and senior staffs on May 11 in Berlin (the “Normandy” format). Two overlapping issues topped the meeting’s agenda: possible...

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

Ukraine Develops Its Case Against Elections in the ‘People’s Republics’

May 20, 2016

The “Normandy” powers’ (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia) latest meeting, in Berlin, on May 11, which failed to address Ukraine’s concerns, has stiffened Kyiv’s refusal to go along with local “elections” in the Donetsk and...

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

Police Suffer Losses in Islamic State–Inspired Attack in Southern Dagestan

May 19, 2016

A recent police operation against militants in the Dagestani city of Derbent was so bloody that even the Islamic State (IS) mentioned it. The clash started as police were checking out several homes after receiving a tip...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Radicalism Thrives Among Exploited Migrant Workers in Russia

May 19, 2016

In recent months, the Federal Security Service (FSB) allegedly thwarted several terrorist attacks on Russian soil by migrants from Central Asia. In April, Russian security services claimed that four citizens of Tajikistan and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Terrorism, Central Asia, Middle East, Syria, Russia

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