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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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Was Russian Commander in Eastern Ukraine Involved in Crimes Against Civilians in Chechnya?

May 28, 2014 03:43 PM

Russia’s official position on the current conflict in eastern Ukraine has been seen as especially hypocritical, given its own treatment of secessionist efforts of Chechnya. While Moscow supports and promotes ethnic-Russian separatism in Ukraine, in the North Caucasus it brutally suppressed persistent attempts of the Chechens to secede from the Russian Federation in the 1990s and 2000s. At a May 24 press conference with the foreign media, President Vladimir Putin reiterated his support for the...


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Authorities in Dagestan Fail to Achieve Tangible Results in Combatting Extremism

July 11, 2014

For the past 15 years, bloodshed has been commonplace in the North Caucasus and illegal actions by the regional authorities have not been considered criminal. And during that whole period, regional officials have found ways to use official statistics to cast the situation there in a favorable light. In the latest example in the game of twisting numbers, the government recently supplied figures related to the fight against the region’s Islamist insurgency for the last 10 years, even though...

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Russian Government Seeks to Crowd Minority Languages Out

July 11, 2014

On July 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the presidential council for interethnic relations, which he began by stating that the focus of the meeting would be improving his government’s interethnic policies. “It is important for youth to understand the significance of the nationalities’ policy,” he said. “Diversity is the strength and the advantage of our country, which has absorbed various traditions, cultures and ethnic groups for centuries. Through this mutual...

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New Caucasus Emirate Leader Takes Hard Line Stance Against Suicide Bombing

July 11, 2014

Last month, the newly appointed leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Abu Muhammad, explained why Muslims should not support the head of the al-Qaeda breakaway group—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—but instead provide support to al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri (Izlesene.com, June 23). The leader of the North Caucasus militants has now put forward a new set of initiatives.

Abu Muhammad’s latest statement, which was made in a video posted online on...

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Ukrainian Refugees Arrival in North Caucasus May Raise Tensions in Region

July 11, 2014

As the crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations deepens, Ukrainian refugees are turning up in unlikely locations, such as the North Caucasus. An estimated 200 refugees from eastern Ukraine, who went to North Ossetia, have been put up in local resorts and more are expected to arrive as fighting continues. Refugees are also being used in the Russian propaganda war against Ukraine as well. The Rossiya state TV channel, for example, gave this explanation for why Ukrainian refugees cannot go home: “The...

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Statement by New Leader of Caucasus Emirate Creates Rift Among Chechen Groups Operating in Syria

July 11, 2014

From the start of the second Russian-Chechen war in 1999, everybody has been trying to find connections between the Chechens and al-Qaeda (rg.ru, May 24, 2000). That effort suited Moscow, since the Russian authorities wanted to prove to the world that they were fighting not Chechen militants, but international terrorism. This also helped Russia explain to the West why several thousand militants were able to resist an army that scares the entire world. As a result of this propaganda warfare, the...

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Impact of Sanctions Likely Causes Moscow to Halt North Caucasus Tourism Projects

July 11, 2014

Moscow’s much-advertised grand project in the North Caucasus since 2010, the creation of a ski tourism industry, has ceased to exist. In a speech to the Federation Council on June 18, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin said the government was suspending several projects within the tourism development program known as North Caucasus Resorts. Dagestani businessman Akhmed Bilalov, who was the program’s first CEO, was removed from his position after three years for unsatisfactory...

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Russian Legislators Move to Undermine Status of Minority Languages

July 11, 2014

Russia’s State Duma is expected to pass a law on how languages are taught in the country’s state schools. The proposed changes may have a significant impact on the ethnic republics within the Russian Federation. Intentionally...

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Circassian Group Seeks Government Funds to Counter Other Circassian Groups

July 11, 2014

On June 24, Circassian activist Andzor Kabard exposed the International Circassian Association (ICA) for having applied for Russian government funding to challenge other Circassian organizations. In revealing this fact, Kabard...

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FSB Veterans Unhappy about New Special Forces Training Center in Chechnya

June 26, 2014

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov stated recently that a new training center for special forces will be built on the territory of the Chechen Republic. Russian forces are expected to use the facility for training (rg.ru, June 21)....

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FSB Veterans Unhappy about New Special Forces Training Center in Chechnya

June 26, 2014

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov stated recently that a new training center for special forces will be built on the territory of the Chechen Republic. Russian forces are expected to use the facility for training (rg.ru, June 21)....

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Kremlin Pushes Dagestani Billionaires to Invest in Dagestan

June 25, 2014

The return of controversial billionaire Suleiman Kerimov to Dagestan was this month’s big news in the republic. International Airport Makhachkala, a company affiliated with Kerimov, acquired a majority stake in the Makhachkala...

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