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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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Russian Investigators Have Difficulty Accessing Nemtsov Murder Suspects in Chechnya

April 13, 2015 01:54 PM

Six weeks after the assassination of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin in Moscow, authorities have failed to present a coherent explanation for the crime. As one observer has pointed out: “It looks like the Kremlin has quickly cooled to the investigation. It is understandable since in [President Vladimir] Putin’s eyes, the crime has been solved and he already knows who organized the murder, when and why. For him, the case has been closed and that means we are...


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Caucasus Emirate Amir Killed in Dagestan

April 24, 2015

Observers who have followed the evolution of Russia’s campaign against the Islamic armed resistance in the North Caucasus over the past 16 years probably noticed that Moscow has no strategy in the region, but only a set of chaotic reactions. Apart from special operations, the Russian government does not seem to pursue any other way to reduce tensions in the region apart from launching special operations against specific militants. By trumpeting every killing of a militant as a grandiose...

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Caucasus Emirate Amir Killed in Dagestan

April 24, 2015

Observers who have followed the evolution of Russia’s campaign against the Islamic armed resistance in the North Caucasus over the past 16 years probably noticed that Moscow has no strategy in the region, but only a set of chaotic reactions. Apart from special operations, the Russian government does not seem to pursue any other way to reduce tensions in the region apart from launching special operations against specific militants. By trumpeting every killing of a militant as a grandiose...

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

Fight Between Authorities and Islamist Militants Intensifies in Kabardino-Balkaria

April 23, 2015

Against the backdrop of the simmering conflict in Kabardino-Balkaria, President Vladimir Putin replaced the interior minister of the republic, Sergei Vasiliev, with a police major-general, Igor Romashkin. Vasiliev had been in office since 2010. The new Kabardino-Balkarian interior minister served as deputy director of the Russian Ministry of Interior’s directorate in the North Caucasus Federal District (Kavkazsky Uzel, April 9). Since Vasiliev was not promoted after his dismissal, it likely...

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Fight Between Authorities and Islamist Militants Intensifies in Kabardino-Balkaria

April 23, 2015

Against the backdrop of the simmering conflict in Kabardino-Balkaria, President Vladimir Putin replaced the interior minister of the republic, Sergei Vasiliev, with a police major-general, Igor Romashkin. Vasiliev had been in office since 2010. The new Kabardino-Balkarian interior minister served as deputy director of the Russian Ministry of Interior’s directorate in the North Caucasus Federal District (Kavkazsky Uzel, April 9). Since Vasiliev was not promoted after his dismissal, it likely...

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

Politically Independent Cossacks Warned About Becoming Labeled ‘US Agents’

April 22, 2015

Mikhail Vederinkov, the presidential plenipotentiary for the North Caucasus Federal District, told a meeting of senior Cossack officials that they must clear any candidates for the position of ataman (chieftain) with him in advance or face charges that they are agents of the US Department of State (Gorodskoitelegraf.ru, April 14). Vederinkov said that “we have information” about Cossack-Washington links and will use it unless he is obeyed. This charge has infuriated the Cossacks and threatens...

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Moscow May be Unimpressed by Cossacks’ Performance as Protectors of Russian Interests in North Caucasus

April 22, 2015

The process of electing the Terek Cossack ataman (chieftain) has been quite public and scandalous this year. Moscow’s envoy to the North Caucasus, Sergei Melikov, outlined the views of the government on the future of the Cossacks. He said the entire structure of the currently highly fractured Terek Cossack forces should be “reformatted” to produce a unified Terek Cossack Military. Melikov said he would support a Cossack chieftain candidate who “is not affiliated with any structures, has no...

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Moscow May be Unimpressed by Cossacks’ Performance as Protectors of Russian Interests in North Caucasus

April 22, 2015

The process of electing the Terek Cossack ataman (chieftain) has been quite public and scandalous this year. Moscow’s envoy to the North Caucasus, Sergei Melikov, outlined the views of the government on the future of the...

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

Russia Fears Possible Tectonic Shifts in the North Caucasus

April 20, 2015

Russian experts have written a series of articles on the future of the North Caucasus in a new age of uncertainty in the Russian Federation. They have attempted to determine under what conditions the current political regime in...

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

Russia Fears Possible Tectonic Shifts in the North Caucasus

April 20, 2015

 Russian experts have written a series of articles on the future of the North Caucasus in a new age of uncertainty in the Russian Federation. They have attempted to determine under what conditions the current political...

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Allure of Islamic State’s Media Machine Attracts New Generation of Chechen Recruits

April 17, 2015

Emotions ran high in the Chechen community once again with the news that two school children from Pankisi, Georgia, went to Syria to fight, presumably alongside the Islamic State organization (see EDM, April 16). Earlier in...

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

Allure of Islamic State’s Media Machine Attracts New Generation of Chechen Recruits

April 17, 2015

Emotions ran high in the Chechen community once again with the news that two school children from Pankisi, Georgia, went to Syria to fight, presumably alongside the Islamic State organization (see EDM, April 16). Earlier in...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

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