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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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Alleged Chechen Mastermind of Istanbul Airport Attack Unpopular Within Chechen Diaspora

July 7, 2016 04:44 PM

From the start of the conflict in Syria, access to the conflict zone has only been possible from the Turkish side. The militants’ dependence on Turkey forced them to avoid spoiling relations with the Turkish government. Even if Ankara did not help the militants in Syria, at least it allowed non-state actors to help the Middle Eastern insurgents. However, since 2014, the West has increasingly criticized Turkish authorities for keeping the border with Syria open, which forced Ankara to tighten...


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Georgia May Become a Key Destination for North Caucasians if EU Grants It Visa-Free Entry

July 27, 2016

Migration from the North Caucasus, specifically from Chechnya, to Europe has increased this year. In the first six months of 2016, the number of migrants from Russia to Germany rose two-fold compared to the same period in 2015, and over 80 percent of those migrants came from Chechnya. Nearly 5,300 Russian citizens applied for political asylum in Germany from January to June 2016, and over 4,400 of them identified themselves as Chechens. The numbers were lower than in record-breaking 2013, when...

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

Circassians Divided Over Turkish Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath

July 25, 2016

Many from Turkey’s North Caucasian diaspora supported President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the failed July 15 coup. At least some North Caucasians, however, have doubts about extending their support to the Turkish president. The Circassian activists are divided over how much Circassians should be involved in Turkey’s political struggle. People originally from Chechnya, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria, who now reside in Istanbul’s Başakşehir district, told the Kavkazsky Uzel news agency that...

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

Chechens in Syria May Quit Islamic State After Death of Umar Shishani

July 23, 2016

People in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge have been going quietly, one by one, to Tengiz Batirashvili, the younger brother of Umar Shishani (Batirashvili), to express their condolences in connection with Umar Shishani’s death. Unlike his brothers Umar and Tamaz, Tengiz Batirashvili did not go to the Middle East, opting instead to remain home in Georgia (Ick.ge, July 16).

The burial rites in connection with Umar Shishani are unusual because people from across the valley are not gathering for a funeral,...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Non-Chechen Candidates from Moscow Plans to Run for Seats Representing the North Caucasus in Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

July 22, 2016

On September 18, 2016, Chechnya along with the rest of Russia will vote in the elections to the Russian State Duma. Chechens will also elect the governor of their republic, where the only plausible candidate is Ramzan Kadyrov. The three alternative candidates for Chechnya’s governor – Sultan Demilkhanov of the Just Russia party, Idris Usmanov of the Party of Businessmen, and Gairsolt Bataev – have no possibility of winning even 1 percent of the votes. That same day, Chechens will also elect the...

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Rights Activists: Police Zeal in Prosecuting Suspected Rebels Violates Laws and Common Sense

July 20, 2016

Rights activists of Kabardino-Balkaria have challenged official estimates of the number of militants from the republic believed to be fighting in Syria. In April, Kabardino-Balkaria’s Deputy Interior Minister Kazbek Tatuev stated that 130 residents of the republic, including 28 women, were fighting in the Middle East. He also said that 96 of the Kabardino-Balkarian militants fighting in the Middle East were under 30, and that 20 of the militants had been killed since the start of the conflict...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Rights Activists: Police Zeal in Prosecuting Suspected Rebels Violates Laws and Common Sense

July 20, 2016

Rights activists of Kabardino-Balkaria have challenged official estimates of the number of militants from the republic believed to be fighting in Syria. In April, Kabardino-Balkaria’s Deputy Interior Minister Kazbek Tatuev stated that 130 residents of the republic, including 28 women, were fighting in the Middle East. He also said that 96 of the Kabardino-Balkarian militants fighting in the Middle East were under 30, and that 20 of the militants had been killed since the start of the conflict...

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

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Major Mudslide Forces Consideration of Alternative Transportation Routes Across Great Caucasus Ridge

July 18, 2016

On June 23, the Terek River flooded and destroyed part of the Georgian Military Highway (Voyenno-Gruzinskaya doroga). The highway, which connects Russia to Georgia and Armenia, was closed. The flood caused mudslides and destroyed...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Major Mudslide Forces Consideration of Alternative Transportation Routes Across Great Caucasus Ridge

July 18, 2016

On June 23, the Terek River flooded and destroyed part of the Georgian Military Highway (Voyenno-Gruzinskaya doroga). The highway, which connects Russia to Georgia and Armenia, was closed. The flood caused mudslides and destroyed...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, North Caucasus Analysis, Transit, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , South Caucasus , Georgia, Armenia

Russian Security Services Target Muslim Cleric

July 15, 2016

Police in Moscow this week arrested the imam of one of the city’s mosques, Makhmud Velitov. The authorities accused the cleric of “public justification of terrorism” as described in Article 205.2, Part 1 of the Russian Criminal...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Russian Security Services Target Muslim Cleric

July 15, 2016

Police in Moscow this week arrested the imam of one of the city’s mosques, Makhmud Velitov. The authorities accused the cleric of “public justification of terrorism” as described in Article 205.2, Part 1 of the Russian Criminal...

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

Russia’s National Antiterrorist Committee Reports Special Operation in Dagestan

July 14, 2016

Russia’s National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) reported that during a special operation in Dagestan’s Karabudakhkent district on July 7–8, “as a result of operational and combat activities, the forces of the FSB [Federal...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

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