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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Repercussions for Moldova and the South Caucasus

June 16, 2014 06:00 AM

The Jamestown Foundation invites you to attend a conference exploring the profound effect the Russia-Ukraine conflict has had on Moldova and the South Caucasus. Our panelists will examine current...


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Ukrainian Refugees Unwelcome in Tatarstan, Pro-Kremlin Analyst Says

July 16, 2014 03:50 PM

The continuing tensions in Ukraine have resulted in over 21,000 refugees from eastern Ukraine receiving temporary shelter in Russia, according to Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations. The Central, Southern and North Caucasian federal districts received the majority of the refugees from Ukraine (gazeta.ru, July 12).

The total number of refugees from Ukraine is estimated at over 100,000 people, some of whom have even ended up in places like Dagestan—the most violent territory of Russia....


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Ossetian Politicians Reap Political Benefits from Moscow for Backing Ukraine Conflict

September 2, 2014

On August 18, the Ekho Kavkaza news service published an interview with two Ossetian militants who are fighting on the Russian side in Ukraine. The militants preferred to be identified by their nicknames—Mamai and Volk (Wolf). They were interviewed at a café on the mountain highway that connects North Ossetia and South Ossetia (ekhokavkaza.com, August 18).

The militants detailed the circumstances surrounding the Ossetian volunteers fighting on the side of Moscow-backed separatists in eastern...

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

Russian Leadership Still Thinks It Can Defeat North Caucasus Insurgency by Building Ski Resorts

August 15, 2014

Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov, who is also chairman of the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee (NAK) and has chaired the Council of Heads of Security Agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries since 2008, has made another triumphant statement. He declared that as a result of the steps taken by the Russian security services, the number of terrorist activities in Russia in 2014 was cut nearly by half compared to the previous year...

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

Violence in Dagestan Shows No Sign of Diminishing

August 14, 2014

With the approach of the 15th anniversary of the Islamic militants’ incursion into Dagestan in 1999, it appears that the militants have only grown stronger since then, and their activities have become a daily routine in the republic.

August in Dagestan began with a bombing aimed at a favorite target of the militants—the Center for Combating Extremism. According to investigators, on the morning of August 1, unidentified individuals in a black, VAZ Priora car approached the Center for Combating...

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

Karachay Activist Compares Plight of Karachays to That of Crimean Tatars

August 13, 2014

Hasan Khalkechev, a Karachay activist and member of the Council of Turkic peoples, criticized the authorities of Karachaevo-Cherkessia for taking over Karachay civil organizations and stalling political and economic progress in the republic. Like neighboring Kabardino-Balkaria, the authorities in Karachaevo-Cherkessia, instead of fighting the opposition, created a pro-government civil movement that effectively put an end to genuine civil and political activities in the republic. As a result,...

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

Ingushetia’s Governor Wants to Restrict Chechen Officials’ Movements in Republic

August 11, 2014

On August 1, Chechen and Ingush police clashed on the administrative border between the two republics. A heated argument between the two groups turned violent and one of the Chechen police officers reportedly fired his gun, injuring his own colleague. According to the Ingush side, an armed group of Chechens accompanying Chechnya’s general prosecutor arrived at the Ingush border checkpoint Volga-20, which is 5 kilometers away from the Ingush-Chechen administrative border. The Chechens did not...

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Rebels in Chechnya Regroup in Rare Meeting of Field Commanders

August 8, 2014

A high level of secrecy was the defining feature of the Chechen militants under the command of Doku Umarov. Even news of the split within the Chechen insurgency’s ranks was transmitted mainly by the neighboring jamaats, rather than by the Chechens. This situation has radically changed under the Chechen militants’ new head, Emir Hamzat (Aslan Batyukaev), who became leader after Umarov’s death in 2013 (Kavkaz Center, July 20).

That the unusually high level activity of the Chechen jamaat in the...

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Rebels in Chechnya Regroup in Rare Meeting of Field Commanders

August 8, 2014

A high level of secrecy was the defining feature of the Chechen militants under the command of Doku Umarov. Even news of the split within the Chechen insurgency’s ranks was transmitted mainly by the neighboring jamaats, rather...

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

Journalist and Rights Activist Timur Kuashev Killed in Kabardino-Balkaria

August 7, 2014

Several hundred young people attended the funeral of their friend and colleague Timur Kuashev, who was found dead under strange circumstances on the outskirts of Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, on August 1. Kuashev...

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Journalist and Rights Activist Timur Kuashev Killed in Kabardino-Balkaria

August 7, 2014

Several hundred young people attended the funeral of their friend and colleague Timur Kuashev, who was found dead under strange circumstances on the outskirts of Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, on August 1. Kuashev...

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

Russian Official Proposes Cutting Financial Aid to the North Caucasus

August 6, 2014

On July 10, Tatyana Golikova, chairperson of the Audit Chamber, Russia’s independent state budgetary watchdog agency, spoke about the country’s highly subsidized regions at a government meeting in Moscow. The Audit Chamber...

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Russian Economist Denounces Yevkurov’s Record in Ingushetia

August 4, 2014

Nikolai Petrov, the well-known economist from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, has scathingly criticized the glowing reports made by Ingushetia’s Governor Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. In an article, published by the Vzglyad website on...

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