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Ninth Annual Terrorism Conference The War in Syria, Islamic State and the Changing Landscape of Asymmetric Threats

December 8, 2015 08:30 AM

Ninth Annual Terrorism Conference: The War in Syria, Islamic State and the Changing Landscape of Asymmetric Threats

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 8:30 A.M.–4:15 P.M.

The University Club of...


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Investigative Report Suggests Russian Security Services Pushing North Caucasus Militants to Flee to Middle East

August 3, 2015 04:53 PM

Russia’s policy toward the Islamic State (IS) group in the Middle East is controversial. On the one hand, involvement in IS activities officially became a crime in Russia in February 2015 (Rossiyskaya Gazeta, February 27). On the other hand, Russia does not seem to have taken the appropriate steps to stem the outflow of volunteer fighters to the Middle East. Given the powers of the Russian state to control the movement of its citizens, there are few if any indications that the government is...


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Russian Defense Ministry Holds More Exercises in Dagestan

February 11, 2016

Following the military exercises conducted in Dagestan last month by the snipers of the Southern Military District motorized infantry, during which troops learned speed shooting at the Dalny shooting range near the city of Buinaksk (Arms-expo.ru, January 17), a new round of military exercises was held on January 27, in the city of Kaspiisk. During the drills, which were held at the Russian Caspian Fleet’s Skorpion facility, 200 marines practiced air dropping military equipment. A week later,...

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

Georgian President, US Ambassador Deny Russian Claim That Terrorists Are in Pankisi Gorge

February 4, 2016

Speaking at a press conference reviewing the year 2015, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov unexpectedly revived a question thought to have been closed long ago. “We are receiving news that members of ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—the former name of the Islamic State] are using that remote area [the Pankisi Gorge] to train, rest and replenish their supplies,” Lavrov stated. Russia was forced to drop its visa-free regime with Georgia “largely because the terrorist threat did not...

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

Russian Opposition and Chechens Living in Europe Condemn Ramzan Kadyrov

January 29, 2016

Ramzan Kadyrov and his Russian critics have squabbled for the last two weeks. Most of those who criticized Kadyrov are either members of the Russian political opposition or rights activists who are also opposed to President Vladimir Putin. Kadyrov regards all opposition to the Russian president as pro-American and anti-Russian. Speaking to journalists in Grozny, on January 12, Kadyrov called the Russian opposition a “fifth column,” saying they are enemies of the country who should be “tried in...

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Insurgents and Security Forces Continue to Battle in Dagestan

January 28, 2016

Since the start of the year, military exercises have taken place in both Chechnya and Dagestan. News reports emphasize that the exercises have been taking place in the mountains. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, motorized infantry snipers of the Southern Military District who are deployed in Dagestan held speed-shooting drills within the framework of individual training at the Dalny test site (Riadagestan.ru, January 15). Snipers will hold exercises using SVD and SVD-S sniper rifles...

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

Insurgents and Security Forces Continue to Battle in Dagestan

January 28, 2016

Since the start of the year, military exercises have taken place in both Chechnya and Dagestan. News reports emphasize that the exercises have been taking place in the mountains. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, motorized infantry snipers of the Southern Military District who are deployed in Dagestan held speed-shooting drills within the framework of individual training at the Dalny test site (Riadagestan.ru, January 15). Snipers will hold exercises using SVD and SVD-S sniper rifles...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Karachaevo-Cherkessia Faces Economic Uncertainty

January 27, 2016

On January 19, President Vladimir Putin met with the governor of Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Rashid Temrezov, in Moscow. Temrezov reported that the republic reduced its dependence on the Russian federal budget in 2015, and that tax collection rates and the republican economy overall were better last year than in 2014 and 2013. New businesses and enterprises are opening in Karachaevo-Cherkessia, he said, while investors are proceeding with their investment plans in the republic (Kremlin, January...

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Russian Economist Says North Caucasus Elites Set to Regain Powers They Ceded to Moscow

January 25, 2016

With Russia’s financial situation becoming more precarious, the country’s regions are likely to gain more power, according to the Russian economist Denis Sokolov. “If the year 2015 was the year of the zachistka (mop-up operation)...

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Insurgency in the Northwest Caucasus Remains Active

January 22, 2016

A strange armed clash that took place in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, in mid-January had unexpected results for government forces. The authorities introduced a counterterrorist operation regime in the city, after...

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Salafists Join Ingushetia’s Government in Opposing Republican Mufti

January 21, 2016

Since the conquest of the North Caucasus in the 19th century, Russian politicians have generally failed to understand the essence of Islam and repeatedly tried to create a pro-Russian Muslim clergy that would represent the...

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Salafists Join Ingushetia’s Government in Opposing Republican Mufti

January 21, 2016

Since the conquest of the North Caucasus in the 19th century, Russian politicians have generally failed to understand the essence of Islam and repeatedly tried to create a pro-Russian Muslim clergy that would represent the...

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

Putin Aide Surkov Pressures Abkhazia Into Joining Russian Sanctions Against Turkey

January 20, 2016

On January 12, the government of Abkhazia published a statement that paves the way for the breakaway Georgian region to join Russian sanctions against Turkey. The move further reduces Abkhazia’s political autonomy and pushes it...

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