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January 20, 2015 10:41 AM

The Jamestown Foundation’s Fifth Annual China Defense and Security Conference

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Kremlin Seeks to Use Cossacks, but Prevent Them From Becoming Too Powerful

January 7, 2015 04:42 PM

Russian experts say that the Cossack organizations in the North Caucasus are increasingly split and mired in conflicts with each other. The reasons usually given for the internal conflicts among the Cossacks is the government’s inability to organize them, or their own inability to organize themselves. A closer look, however, reveals that both government manipulation of the Cossack organizations and rampant corruption prevent them from developing into a potent political force.

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Moscow Becomes Increasingly Worried About Russian Nationals Fighting With Islamic State

January 29, 2015

Russia has finally become concerned about its nationals fighting in Syria against its ally, Bashar al-Assad, and has begun targeting fighters returning from abroad. The authorities’ actions sometimes take an outrageous turn, such as when they recently accused men who had been in Egypt on a business trip for several weeks of involvement in the insurgency in Syria and Iraq. It is unclear how the Russian authorities arrived at the conclusion that a person who had visited Egypt for four weeks...

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

Authorities Crack Down on Tatarstan Activists

January 28, 2015

On December 28, 2014, authorities in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, detained Tatar rights activist Rafis Kashapov upon his return from Turkey, where he had reportedly received medical treatment and held meetings with local activists. The authorities ordered the activist detained for two months for “fueling inter-ethnic strife.” Kashapov heads the Tatar Civil Center in Naberezhnye Chelny, which is known for defending the national identity of Tatars, as well as protecting the language...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Middle Volga

Ethnic Conflict in Dagestan Could Internationalize Rift With Azerbaijanis

January 26, 2015

On January 7, unidentified assailants vandalized the tomb of Seid Mir-Gafar-aga in Derbent, Dagestan (see EDM, January 13, 15). The tomb is a place of worship for ethnic Azerbaijanis and the act of vandalism sparked tensions between the Azerbaijani community and the rest of the republic. The leaders of Dagestan’s Azerbaijani community reportedly intervened to prevent mass protests. Some local residents blamed Salafis, who are known as supporting a “pure” form of Islam, for the attack on the...

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

Western Sanctions on Russia to Have Delayed Impact on North Caucasus

January 23, 2015

President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union message (delivered before Congress on January 20) that US economic sanctions have had a devastating impact on the Russian economy (Tvrain.ru, January 21). In reality, only certain parts of the economy of Russia have been affected. Overall, perhaps it may be too early to talk about the damage inflicted by the sanctions, especially if one examines not the central part of Russia or its oil-rich regions, but the periphery. In fact, the North...

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

Chechens in Europe Subjected to Ethnic Profiling After Paris Attacks

January 22, 2015

Chechens who emigrated to Europe are not in an enviable situation today, as any terrorist threat around the world invariably prompts the security services to investigate them closely. France’s security services attempted to connect the January 7 terrorist attack in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was carried out by French citizens of Algerian descent (Meduza.io, January 7), to the Chechens.

It was already clear the day of the attack in Paris that the assailants were not...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Europe, Western Europe

Kremlin Renews Bid to Quietly Dissolve North Caucasus Republics

January 21, 2015

In December 2014, Russian legislators quietly passed new legislation that allows Moscow to remove part of the region from under the control of that region’s government in order “to speed up socio-economic development” in the North Caucasus republics. As a Dagestani analyst Rasul Kadiev points out, the legislation allows the republics of the North Caucasus to be broken out de facto even though they will continue to exist on paper for some time. The legislation appears to be aimed at boosting the...

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Rift Between Supporters of Caucasus Emirate and IS Deepens in North Caucasus

January 16, 2015

The most talked about subject in Kabardino-Balkaria so far in 2015 is the prison sentences passed handed down to the militants who participated in the insurrection in the republican capital in 2005. On October 13 of that year,...

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Rift Between Supporters of Caucasus Emirate and IS Deepens in North Caucasus

January 16, 2015

The most talked about subject in Kabardino-Balkaria so far in 2015 is the prison sentences passed handed down to the militants who participated in the insurrection in the republican capital in 2005. On October 13 of that year,...

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

Will the Islamic State Overplay Its Hand in the North Caucasus?

January 15, 2015

It was an uneasy start to 2015 in the North Caucasus. On the very first day of the year, government forces clashed with militants in Mekkensky village, located in the lowlands of northern Chechnya’s Naur district. Two militants...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Will the Islamic State Overplay Its Hand in the North Caucasus?

January 15, 2015

It was an uneasy start to 2015 in the North Caucasus. On the very first day of the year, government forces clashed with militants in Mekkensky village, located in the lowlands of northern Chechnya’s Naur district. Two militants...

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

Redeployment of Russian Forces to Ukraine Leads to Drop in Violence in North Caucasus

January 14, 2015

Despite a noticeable decline in the intensity of violence in the North Caucasus, Russian experts on the region are convinced the situation is set to become worse rather than improve. The Kavkazsky Uzel website estimated that 290...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

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