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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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Widening Azerbaijani Investment in Dagestan Sparks Resentment Among Lezgins

July 21, 2014

Earlier this month, the well-known Dagestani weekly newspaper, Novoe Delo, attacked the mayor of the city of Derbent for what it regarded as a servile attitude toward neighboring Azerbaijan. Journalist Ramazan Rajabov wrote: “Against all the protests and clamor by the local Lezgin population, the mayor of Derbent, Imam Yaraliev, approved the renaming of Sovietskaya Street—now it has been renamed after Haidar Aliyev. The question could be asked why it was necessary and why he went against his...

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

Chechen Experience in Urban Combat Could Be of Vital Use to Ukraine

July 18, 2014

Russia is facing a new problem and this concerns the new front that the Chechens have launched outside the North Caucasus. As a result of the brutal suppression of the Chechen armed resistance, only three small groups are left in the republic: the group led by Hamzat, who is also the emir of all the Chechen rebels (checheninfo.com, April 10); the group of Aslanbek Vadalov; and the group that remained after the destruction of the Gakaev brothers, Hussein and Muslim (youtube.com, January 24,...

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

Kadyrov Officials Torn Between Commemorating 1944 Deportations and Pleasing Moscow

July 17, 2014

In Chechnya, yet another problem has been added to the set of existing ones. The Memorial human rights center has designated Ruslan Kutaev as a political prisoner on April 19 (memo.ru, April 19), and earlier this month (July 2014), Amnesty International (amnesty.org) and Human Rights Watch (hrw.org, July 9) came out in support of this decision.

Kutaev is the president of the Assembly of the Peoples of the Caucasus and a member of the supreme political council of the Alliance of Greens and...

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

Ukrainian Refugees Unwelcome in Tatarstan, Pro-Kremlin Analyst Says

July 16, 2014

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....

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

Ukrainian Lawmaker Publishes Proposal to Recognize Circassian ‘Genocide’

July 14, 2014

Oleg Lyashko, the outspoken deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, published on the parliament’s official website his legislative proposal to recognize the 19th century Circassian “genocide” (Verkhovna Rada Ukraini, July 1). The proposal cites, by way of justification provided by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide from 1948, “criminal acts of the oppressive Tsarist regime of the former Russian Empire,” historical justice,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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