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Updated - Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference

May 12, 2016 09:00 AM

The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that the Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference will be held at the University Club (1135 16th St NW)on May 12th. The conference will feature...


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In Courting Iran, Russia Seeks Politically Safe Foreign Investment for the North Caucasus

May 4, 2016 04:14 PM

On April 11–16, representatives of an Iranian investment company, Hamrahian Group, visited Dagestan to explore possibilities for cooperation with the North Caucasian republic. The visit came just weeks after Dagestan’s governor, Ramazan Abdulatipov, visited Iran as a member of a Russian business delegation (Kavkaz Today, April 12). At a joint meeting on April 15, Abdulatipov and the Iranian delegation stated that the two sides were planning to cooperate in areas of transportation, agriculture,...


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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 Russia have marked the Day of Mourning with processions and cultural events; the Russian Federation’s authorities have largely ignored these commemorations. This year, however, the Russians started pressuring Circassians in regard to the May 21 anniversary, with a level...

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

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 of the Chechen sub-ethnic group that lives in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. Margoshvili went to Syria to help the rebels in 2012, establishing Jund al-Sham. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) accuses Margoshvili of many crimes, including participation in illegal armed...

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 of the Chechen sub-ethnic group that lives in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. Margoshvili went to Syria to help the rebels in 2012, establishing Jund al-Sham. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) accuses Margoshvili of many crimes, including participation in illegal armed...

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

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 concerning the whereabouts of Bairamali Abasov, the leader of a local militant cell, who was suspected of several crimes (Ntv.ru, May 14). As the police were checking out the residents in one apartment, someone threw a hand grenade and shot at them from the fifth floor. The head...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

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 concerning the whereabouts of Bairamali Abasov, the leader of a local militant cell, who was suspected of several crimes (Ntv.ru, May 14). As the police were checking out the residents in one apartment, someone threw a hand grenade and shot at them from the fifth floor. The head...

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

Moscow Uses Russian Orthodox Church to Divide Circassian Activists

May 18, 2016

On May 15, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, visited Kabardino-Balkaria for the first time. He was greeted in the republic with great pomp. The top Russian Orthodox cleric consecrated the Cathedral of Mary Magdalene and held a liturgy in Nalchik, the republic’s capital. The liturgy lasted for two hours and was broadcast live on local television. The republic’s governor, Yuri Kokov, praised the positive role of the Russian Orthodox Church and Kirill’s personal aptitude. The...

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Moscow Uses Russian Orthodox Church to Divide Circassian Activists

May 18, 2016

On May 15, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, visited Kabardino-Balkaria for the first time. He was greeted in the republic with great pomp. The top Russian Orthodox cleric consecrated the Cathedral of Mary...

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

Muslim Involvement in Dagestan’s Politics May Change the Republic

May 16, 2016

The recent decision of the Dagestani Spiritual Board of Muslims to participate in the parliamentary elections in the republic has reverberated across the region. The board plans to use the political party Narod Protiv Corruptsii...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Muslim Involvement in Dagestan’s Politics May Change the Republic

May 16, 2016

The recent decision of the Dagestani Spiritual Board of Muslims to participate in the parliamentary elections in the republic has reverberated across the region. The board plans to use the political party Narod Protiv Corruptsii...

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

Insurgents in Chechnya Down, but Not Out

May 13, 2016

Over the past several years, there have not been many reports from Chechnya regarding insurgent activities in the republic. But while the Chechen government claims the republic has overcome the Islamist armed underground,...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Insurgents in Chechnya Down, but Not Out

May 13, 2016

Over the past several years, there have not been many reports from Chechnya regarding insurgent activities in the republic. But while the Chechen government claims the republic has overcome the Islamist armed underground,...

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

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