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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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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 three times that number (Kavpolit.com, February 15, 2014). However, the proliferation of mosques in the region has turned into a problem for the authorities: indeed, neither the civil authorities nor the security services are able to control so many mosques. Mosques began...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , 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 Bessmertny Polk (Immortal Regiment), which featured people marching with portraits of World War II veterans who, according to Russian media reports, were their relatives. However, the sincerity of these marches was undermined by reports that the portraits of veterans were...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , 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 Salafist part of the Muslim community, this approach has been gradually scrapped during the past few years. Experts warn this could have serious repercussions for Dagestan’s long-term stability.

On May 8, residents of the city of Buinaksk reported that parishioners of a...

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

Counter-Terrorism Operations Take Place in Dagestan Virtually Non-Stop

May 15, 2015

Dagestan is the only part of the North Caucasus today that is experiencing ceaseless counter-terrorism operations (KTO). The security services announce KTOs in various areas of the republic, and these sometimes continue for months. During an active KTO regime, the authorities restrict the movements of citizens within a village, city, district or even several districts at the same time, as recently happened in the Novolaksky, Khasavyurt and Kizilyurt districts, which border Chechnya and...

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

Will Abu Usman Gimrinsky Become the Dagestani Insurgency’s New Amir?

May 14, 2015

For the first time since the death of the Caucasus Emirate’s last leader, Abu Muhammad (Aliaskhab Kebekov), near the city of Buinaksk, on April 19 (Vdagestan.com, April 20), one of his possible successors, Abu Usman Gimrinsky (Magomed Alievich Suleimanov), issued a statement. Amir Abu Usman is the qadi (Sharia judge) of the Caucasus Emirate’s Dagestani Velayat and at the same time the leader of the Mountainous Sector of Dagestan.

The 39-year-old amir comes from the village of Gimry, in...

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

Analysts Say Unprovoked Pressure on Siberian Muslims Could Radicalize Them

May 13, 2015

Russia’s Muslim community has been unsettled by the recent destruction of a mosque in the northern Russian town of Novy Urengoy. Local Muslims began worshiping at the mosque in 1996, after repairing the decaying building. Maksim Shevchenko, a well-known pro-Kremlin journalist who specializes in minority issues in Russia, wrote with indignation: “If the authorities in the country destroy mosques instead of performing routine operative work battling terrorism, this means only one thing—the...

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

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Moscow Signals Terek Cossacks Have Been Ineffective Tool for Controlling North Caucasus

May 11, 2015

On April 25, after months of public scandals and brawls, the Terek Cossacks elected a new ataman (chieftain). The Cossacks confirmed the only candidate for the position, Alexander Zhuravsky, as the new head of the Terek Cossack...

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

Chechen Involvement in Middle East Fighting a Growing Concern for Russian and European Governments

May 8, 2015

After each death of a Chechen in Syria or Iraq, the involvement of Chechens in Middle Eastern conflicts becomes a hot topic of discussion in the Russian media. The recent death of a high-profile Chechens from the Northern Front...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Chechen Involvement in Middle East Fighting a Growing Concern for Russian and European Governments

May 8, 2015

After each death of a Chechen in Syria or Iraq, the involvement of Chechens in Middle Eastern conflicts becomes a hot topic of discussion in the Russian media. The recent death of a high-profile Chechens from the Northern Front...

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

Who Is Training Dagestan’s Future Islamic Scholars?

May 7, 2015

Dagestan is a special region of Russia in that it is an outpost of Islamic radicalism. Islamic institutions, madrasas and maktabs (Islamic elementary schools in mosques) exist in large numbers in the republic. Even though the...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Who Is Training Dagestan’s Future Islamic Scholars?

May 7, 2015

Dagestan is a special region of Russia in that it is an outpost of Islamic radicalism. Islamic institutions, madrasas and maktabs (Islamic elementary schools in mosques) exist in large numbers in the republic. Even though the...

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

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