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Ukraine’s Security Challenges in the East and Military Reform

July 15, 2015 02:00 PM

 

On July 27, 2015, The Jamestown Foundation hosted former Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense, Admiral Ihor Kabanenko, and Vice President of Kyiv-based high-technology firm KM Core, Bohdan Kupych....


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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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Circassians in Adygea Fiercely Oppose Cossack Patrols

September 2, 2015

The Cossack organization of Adygea is pushing for the introduction of Cossack patrols in the republic like those in neighboring Krasnodar region. Circassians in Adygea, however, are against the move, fearing the Cossacks will gain disproportionate power in the republic. “When a Cossack patrol steps onto the territory of Adygea, it will be the start of a catastrophe without an end,” said Zaurbiy Chundyshko, chairman of the Circassian organization Adyge Khase in Maikop, Adygea’s capital...

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

Political Tensions Rise in Dagestan as Municipal Elections Approach

August 31, 2015

Dagestan remains one of the few Russian regions in which local political life still exists despite all of Moscow’s efforts to eliminate it. Tensions are running high in the republic as 23 parties gear up for municipal elections in September. As the largest and most ethnically diverse republic of the North Caucasus, Dagestan has 52 administrative units, including 42 rural districts and 10 cities. In some cases, the boundaries of administrative units coincide with the boundaries of ethnic groups,...

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

After Loss of Three Senior Commanders, Is the Caucasus Emirate on the Ropes?

August 14, 2015

The forces trying to prolong the life of the Caucasus Emirate (CE) have suffered a major setback. This third blow in nearly six months may put an end to this organization in the North Caucasus.

At the end of 2014, a wave of changes swept the militants of the North Caucasus, as the well-known commanders of the Caucasus Emirate left the organization and pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS) (Lezgi-yar.ru, January 1). Having recognized Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as their leader, the...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

After Loss of Three Senior Commanders, Is the Caucasus Emirate on the Ropes?

August 14, 2015

The forces trying to prolong the life of the Caucasus Emirate (CE) have suffered a major setback. This third blow in nearly six months may put an end to this organization in the North Caucasus.

At the end of 2014, a wave of changes swept the militants of the North Caucasus, as the well-known commanders of the Caucasus Emirate left the organization and pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS) (Lezgi-yar.ru, January 1). Having recognized Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as their leader, the...

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

Two Chechen Battalions Are Fighting in Ukraine on Kyiv’s Side

August 13, 2015

It did not come as much of a surprise when the leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, acknowledged that pro-Russian Chechens were involved in the conflict in Ukraine. This was something that everybody knew, but no Russian official had previously confirmed. In an interview with the state news agency RIA Novosti, Kadyrov stated: “All Chechen volunteers who fought for the militia of Donbas have returned. There are no more Chechens there” (RIA Novosti, July 31). In his usual ironic way, Kadyrov said...

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

Two Chechen Battalions Are Fighting in Ukraine on Kyiv’s Side

August 13, 2015

It did not come as much of a surprise when the leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, acknowledged that pro-Russian Chechens were involved in the conflict in Ukraine. This was something that everybody knew, but no Russian official had previously confirmed. In an interview with the state news agency RIA Novosti, Kadyrov stated: “All Chechen volunteers who fought for the militia of Donbas have returned. There are no more Chechens there” (RIA Novosti, July 31). In his usual ironic way, Kadyrov said...

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China Makes Inroads Into Strategically Located North Caucasus Republic

August 12, 2015

On July 27, Ingushetia’s governor, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, met members of two Chinese delegations in the republic’s capital, Magas. Chinese investors have reportedly expressed interest in some of the republic’s old oil fields that...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Economics, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , China and the Asia-Pacific, China

China Makes Inroads Into Strategically Located North Caucasus Republic

August 12, 2015

On July 27, Ingushetia’s governor, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, met members of two Chinese delegations in the republic’s capital, Magas. Chinese investors have reportedly expressed interest in some of the republic’s old oil fields that...

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Arrests of Dagestani Officials Signal Republic’s Leadership May Soon Be Replaced

August 10, 2015

Russian authorities have unexpectedly continued a series of arrests of Dagestani officials. On August 2, the Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested the head of Buinaksk district, Daniyal Shihsaidov, after which the security...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Arrests of Dagestani Officials Signal Republic’s Leadership May Soon Be Replaced

August 10, 2015

Russian authorities have unexpectedly continued a series of arrests of Dagestani officials. On August 2, the Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested the head of Buinaksk district, Daniyal Shihsaidov, after which the security...

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

Moscow Launches Operations Against Suspected Pro-IS forces in Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria

August 7, 2015

The militant underground movement in the North Caucasus suffered large losses in Chechnya and Kabardino-Balkaria at the start of August 2015. On August 2, special forces of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the military and the...

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