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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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Under Two Flags: Chechen Fighters in Eastern Ukraine

September 18, 2014

Persistent rumors have existed for some time about the involvement of Chechens in pro-Russian military groups fighting in eastern Ukraine (see EDM, July 18). A significant portion of the information about Chechens fighting in Ukraine was unverified; indeed, it sometimes seemed the Ukrainian army was fighting not the Russian army, but a Chechen army. A human rights-oriented website in Russia also spread misinformation that dozens of corpses of Chechens killed in Ukraine had arrived back in...

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

Turkish Businesses Seek to Open North Caucasus to the Outside World

September 17, 2014

On September 7, representatives of the Turkish government-owned company Caykur met with North Ossetia’s Prime Minister Sergei Takoev to discuss an investment project in the Russian republic. Caykur applied for a swath of land in North Ossetia on which to build a tea packing plant (osradio.ru, September 8). Even though the Turkish company’s plans are still under consideration, if they proceed as planned, it will be the first investment by a major foreign investor in North Ossetia. Caykur made...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia, Turkey, North Caucasus Analysis

Head of Dagestan Faces Criticism From Moscow

September 15, 2014

September 8 marked a year since Ramazan Abdulatipov became governor of Dagestan. Abdulatipov was officially appointed governor of the region in September 2013, even though he had been the acting interim head of the republic since January 2013. Despite Moscow’s approval of Abdulatipov and the sweeping changes he heralded with his anti-corruption and modernization campaigns, the political situation in the republic has remained extremely unstable, and various actors have challenged the governor’s...

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

The North Caucasus Insurgency: One Year Without Doku Umarov

September 12, 2014

The armed resistance in the North Caucasus is transforming and adapting to the new conditions under the Caucasus Emirate’s new emir. September 7 marked exactly one year since the death of the insurgency’s former leader, Doku Umarov (Kavkavsky Uzel, March 18). Umarov was poisoned by food prepared by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and channeled through the Ingush jamaat (Dailymotion, July 20 ; see EDM, July 24). Although Umarov’s encounter with the Ingush jamaat was accidental, it proved...

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

Russia Is Seriously Concerned About Threat Posed by Islamic State

September 11, 2014

Russian observers reacted quite strongly to an Internet video released by the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that is operating in Iraq and Syria as well as Lebanese border areas, in which militants are threatening to launch a war in the Caucasus. The video was first reported by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Al-Arabia TV channel (alarabiya.net, September 2).

The video, which lasts only 1 minute and 42 seconds, displays a group of...

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

Cossacks Claim Right to Patrol Streets of Historical Circassian Foes in Adygea

September 10, 2014

At the end of July, the governor of Adygea, Aslan Tkhakushinov, and the chief of the Kuban Cossack Forces, Nikolai Doluda, unexpectedly announced that the Cossacks would start conducting public safety patrols in the republic. The Kuban Cossack Forces are based in Krasnodar region and adjacent areas. Understanding the controversy the announcement would cause, the Cossacks’ public relations service commented: “In finding a solution to such an important question, we should be cautious: on the one...

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

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War With Ukraine Pulls Best Russian Military Units From North Caucasus

September 8, 2014

The Ukrainian crisis has overshadowed the continuing low-level insurgency in Russia’s North Caucasus. Besides shifting public attention, the conflict in Ukraine is evidently shifting Russian forces from the volatile region...

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

Dagestan Remains the Epicenter of the North Caucasus Insurgency

September 5, 2014

August 2014 turned out to be an ordinary month for the North Caucasus as there was no change in the fighting between the government and the insurgency. The insurgents staged attacks in Dagestan, Chechens fought in the ranks of...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Dagestan Remains the Epicenter of the North Caucasus Insurgency

September 5, 2014

August 2014 turned out to be an ordinary month for the North Caucasus as there was no change in the fighting between the government and the insurgency. The insurgents staged attacks in Dagestan, Chechens fought in the ranks of...

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

Recruits From Chechnya and Central Asia Bolster Ranks of Islamic State

September 4, 2014

The proclamation of the Islamic State on the territory under the control of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s armed groups in Syria and Iraq illuminates the degree of radicalization of young Muslims who live in Russia and European...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Recruits From Chechnya and Central Asia Bolster Ranks of Islamic State

September 4, 2014

The proclamation of the Islamic State on the territory under the control of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s armed groups in Syria and Iraq illuminates the degree of radicalization of young Muslims who live in Russia and European...

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

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