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Are Georgian-Ukrainian Bilateral Relations Deteriorating?

March 30, 2015

On March 26, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili declared that he was postponing his state visit to Ukraine because he was too busy dealing with Georgia’s domestic affairs. Garibashvili took pains to emphasize that the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, Georgia, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Putin’s Conveniently Imperfect Memory

March 30, 2015

The Kremlin press service announced last week that President Vladimir Putin would not celebrate the 15th anniversary of his first election, which occurred on March 26, 2000 (RBC.ru, March 26). Indeed, many murky circumstances...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Russia

History Widens the Divide Between the North Caucasus and the Rest of Russia

March 30, 2015

A struggle over history books appears to be unfolding in the North Caucasus. Moscow’s envoy to the region attacked North Caucasus universities for “falsifying history” at a meeting of governors of the North Caucasus Federal...

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

Common Currency for the Eurasian Economic Union: Testing the Ground?

March 27, 2015

On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin, while on a visit to Astana, Kazakhstan, said that Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan—the three main founding members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and formerly Eurasian Customs...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy

Why Is Russia Deploying Nuclear Weapons to Crimea?

March 27, 2015

Recently, there has been an uptick in Russian efforts to defend the placement of nuclear-capable weapons, if not actual nuclear weapons, on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed one year ago. Notably,...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Military/Security, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia

Kadyrov Takes Chechen Special Forces Training to New Heights

March 27, 2015

Chechen special services operating under the auspices of Ramzan Kadyrov and trained by an ex-major of the Russian security services’ Alpha group, Daniil Martynov, keep expanding their activities to new areas. Martynov helped...

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

Kadyrov Takes Chechen Special Forces Training to New Heights

March 27, 2015

Chechen special services operating under the auspices of Ramzan Kadyrov and trained by an ex-major of the Russian security services’ Alpha group, Daniil Martynov, keep expanding their activities to new areas. Martynov helped...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Security Operation in Dagestan Apparently Kills Rebels and Bystanders Alike

March 26, 2015

During the past 16 years of battling militants in the North Caucasus, Russia’s security services and police have generally avoided taking prisoners among the insurgents. This tendency was recently displayed once again in an...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis

Central Asians Fighting in Ukraine May Lead to Tensions With Russia

March 26, 2015

On March 17, the Russian and Kyrgyzstani services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) published a long interview with a citizen of Kyrgyzstan identified as Manas (not his real name), who said he had fought alongside the...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan , Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Security Operation in Dagestan Apparently Kills Rebels and Bystanders Alike

March 26, 2015

During the past 16 years of battling militants in the North Caucasus, Russia’s security services and police have generally avoided taking prisoners among the insurgents. This tendency was recently displayed once again in an...

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

The Kremlin’s Game of Threats

March 26, 2015

Last week (March 19), speaking at an annual conference of the Union of Russian Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)—Russia’s main business lobbying group—President Vladimir Putin promoted a previously announced financial...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, Russia, Economics

Armenia Poised to Make Pivotal Decision About Further Cooperation With European Union

March 25, 2015

European Union officials hope that among the outcomes of the upcoming May 2015 Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Riga will be a new and more flexible cooperation framework for redefining the EU’s relations with Armenia and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, Armenia, Europe

China Seeks Massive Investments in Georgia

March 25, 2015

Until now, Georgia’s economic situation has been most clearly defined by its movement closer to Europe thanks to last year’s signing of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreement with the European Union (Slon.ru, July...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, Georgia, China, China and the Asia-Pacific

Soviet-Style Rallies in the North Caucasus and Beyond Mark Crimea Annexation Anniversary

March 25, 2015

On March 18, Russia marked the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. The extent of the celebrations in southern Russia varied dramatically, according to Kavkazsky Uzel news agency reporters who were on the scene. Twenty...

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

Soviet-Style Rallies in the North Caucasus and Beyond Mark Crimea Annexation Anniversary

March 25, 2015

On March 18, Russia marked the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. The extent of the celebrations in southern Russia varied dramatically, according to Kavkazsky Uzel news agency reporters who were on the scene. Twenty...

Category: North Caucasus Analysis, Domestic/Social, Military/Security

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