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Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine: New Challenges, New Threats

April 30, 2015 09:00 AM

To commemorate 25 years of Baltic independence, The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce that, on April 30, it will organize a conference entitled, “Baltic Defense & Security After Ukraine:...


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Moscow Likely to Choose Control of Territories Over Their Economic Development

April 29, 2015 04:36 PM

The Russian government is considering building a new water link connecting the Caspian Sea to the ocean via the Azov and Black seas. The new route is supposed to be the shortest and the cheapest way to carry Chinese goods via Central Asia to Europe. Existing oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea to outside markets also have hit the limits of their capacities, and finding new ways for exporting oil and gas is another important aspect of the project. Central Asian countries are regarded as...


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Chinese Investors Show Interest in the North Caucasus

May 4, 2015

China has found an unlikely ally in the North Caucasus—the region’s smallest republic, Ingushetia. The Ingushetian government has announced that a large Russian-Chinese forum will take place in the republic and contracts worth millions of dollars will be signed. The republic’s government has agreed to rent out 100 hectares of land to Chinese investors, who plan to invest about $400 million in several projects. Chinese businesses seem to be interested in agricultural projects to produce food to...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , China, Russia

Dagestani Militants Experience Series of Setbacks

May 1, 2015

After Ramzan Kadyrov’s statements authorizing Chechen police to shoot to kill police officers from outside Chechnya who appear there without notifying the republican authorities (see EDM, April 27), the governor of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, came out in support of his colleague, saying that special operations should not be carried out without notifying the regional authorities. “Why should some groups from somewhere constantly come in?” Abdulatipov said. “If I am the head of the republic,...

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

Why Kadyrov Has Fought With Bastrykin

April 30, 2015

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has become one of Russia’s most quoted persons for the second time since last December. After the incursion into Grozny by a small group of militants on December 4, 2014, Kadyrov ordered the burning down of the militants’ houses and the expulsion of relatives of the militants from their villages (Refugee.ru, December 15, 2014). In April, Ramzan Kadyrov clashed with the Russian Ministry of Interior and the Investigative Committee over the killing of a Chechen named...

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

Moscow Likely to Choose Control of Territories Over Their Economic Development

April 29, 2015

The Russian government is considering building a new water link connecting the Caspian Sea to the ocean via the Azov and Black seas. The new route is supposed to be the shortest and the cheapest way to carry Chinese goods via Central Asia to Europe. Existing oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea to outside markets also have hit the limits of their capacities, and finding new ways for exporting oil and gas is another important aspect of the project. Central Asian countries are regarded as...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Featured, Economics, Transit, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Central Asia, Kazakhstan

Grozny-Moscow Dispute May Have Grave Consequences for Chechnya

April 27, 2015

The ruler of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, is embroiled in a dispute with the Russian Ministry of Interior. On April 19, law enforcement agents conducting a special operation in Grozny shot and killed a suspect after he reportedly tried to ram a police car and opened fire. The slain suspect was later identified as Jambulat Dadaev, who was on the federal wanted list for a murder in the neighboring Stavropol region. What initially seemed to be another routine police operation in Chechnya turned into...

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

Caucasus Emirate Amir Killed in Dagestan

April 24, 2015

Observers who have followed the evolution of Russia’s campaign against the Islamic armed resistance in the North Caucasus over the past 16 years probably noticed that Moscow has no strategy in the region, but only a set of chaotic reactions. Apart from special operations, the Russian government does not seem to pursue any other way to reduce tensions in the region apart from launching special operations against specific militants. By trumpeting every killing of a militant as a grandiose...

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Caucasus Emirate Amir Killed in Dagestan

April 24, 2015

Observers who have followed the evolution of Russia’s campaign against the Islamic armed resistance in the North Caucasus over the past 16 years probably noticed that Moscow has no strategy in the region, but only a set of...

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

Fight Between Authorities and Islamist Militants Intensifies in Kabardino-Balkaria

April 23, 2015

Against the backdrop of the simmering conflict in Kabardino-Balkaria, President Vladimir Putin replaced the interior minister of the republic, Sergei Vasiliev, with a police major-general, Igor Romashkin. Vasiliev had been in...

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Fight Between Authorities and Islamist Militants Intensifies in Kabardino-Balkaria

April 23, 2015

Against the backdrop of the simmering conflict in Kabardino-Balkaria, President Vladimir Putin replaced the interior minister of the republic, Sergei Vasiliev, with a police major-general, Igor Romashkin. Vasiliev had been in...

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

Politically Independent Cossacks Warned About Becoming Labeled ‘US Agents’

April 22, 2015

Mikhail Vederinkov, the presidential plenipotentiary for the North Caucasus Federal District, told a meeting of senior Cossack officials that they must clear any candidates for the position of ataman (chieftain) with him in...

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Moscow May be Unimpressed by Cossacks’ Performance as Protectors of Russian Interests in North Caucasus

April 22, 2015

The process of electing the Terek Cossack ataman (chieftain) has been quite public and scandalous this year. Moscow’s envoy to the North Caucasus, Sergei Melikov, outlined the views of the government on the future of the...

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