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Ukraine Grants More Powers to Localities in Russian-Controlled Territory (Part One)

September 19, 2014 04:55 PM

On September 16, the Ukrainian parliament approved a “Law on the special procedure of local self-administration in individual districts in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces” (Russian version’s terminology: poryadok, samo-upravlenie, raiony). Those two provinces of Ukraine are now, de facto, partitioned into Russian-controlled and Ukrainian-controlled zones. The law applies temporarily to Ukraine’s territory controlled by Russian military and proxy forces. The September 5 ceasefire protocol had prescribed for Ukraine to confer a special status on that territory by law (see EDM, September...


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Croatia’s Retaking of Serbska Krajina During Yugoslav War: An Example for Liberating Ukrainian Donbas?

September 19, 2014

As Ukrainian forces use the recently signed ceasefire to pause, regroup and rearm after suffering heavy losses in the past several months, officials in Kyiv are a long way from accepting the current status quo in the east as yet another frozen conflict (see EDM, September 17). With the Ukrainian military industry now swinging into full throttle and producing more armored equipment and...

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Chechen Fighters Make Waves in Syria

September 19, 2014

Chechens have been quite active in the ranks of the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the past two to three years. Chechens have formed several groups that made waves in a country that is alien to them, both culturally and linguistically, as well as far away from their homeland (see EDM, January 23).

From the second half of 2013 through the first half of 2014, it seemed...

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

Ukraine Grants More Powers to Localities in Russian-Controlled Territory (Part Two)

September 19, 2014

Ukraine’s law on the “special procedure of local self-administration in individual districts in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces” (Ukraiynska Pravda, September 16; see Part One of this article) seeks to retain at least some means of influence and avenues of dialogue between Kyiv and local authorities in the “Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) area,” i.e., the Russian-controlled territory. It is an...

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New Georgian Constitution Deepens Rift Between the President and the Prime Minister

September 18, 2014

On September 11, an apparently frustrated Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili announced that his visit to the United States to attend and address the annual session of the United Nations in New York City was deliberately thwarted by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and his office. Instead, only Garibashvili would attend and address the UN General Assembly (Imedi TV, September 11)....

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Under Two Flags: Chechen Fighters in Eastern Ukraine

September 18, 2014

Persistent rumors have existed for some time about the involvement of Chechens in pro-Russian military groups fighting in eastern Ukraine (see EDM, July 18). A significant portion of the information about Chechens fighting in Ukraine was unverified; indeed, it sometimes seemed the Ukrainian army was fighting not the Russian army, but a Chechen army. A human rights-oriented website in Russia also...

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

Yevtushenkov’s Arrest: A Stern Warning to All the Wealthy and Powerful

September 18, 2014

The Russian business community was shocked by the arrest this week (September 16) of one of Russia’s richest industrialists—billionaire-tycoon Vladimir Yevtushenkov (65), accused of money laundering. In 2009, Yevtushenkov acquired Bashneft, a major oil and petrochemical company. Prosecutors allege Bashneft was illegally privatized by Ural Rakhimov (52)—the son of longtime (from 1993 to 2010)...

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Turkish Businesses Seek to Open North Caucasus to the Outside World

September 17, 2014

On September 7, representatives of the Turkish government-owned company Caykur met with North Ossetia’s Prime Minister Sergei Takoev to discuss an investment project in the Russian republic. Caykur applied for a swath of land in North Ossetia on which to build a tea packing plant (osradio.ru, September 8). Even though the Turkish company’s plans are still under consideration, if they proceed as...

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Ukrainian Economy in Dire Straits, Being Destroyed by War

September 17, 2014

If turmoil in Donbas, Ukraine’s industrial heartland comprising the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, continues, next year will be the third year without economic growth for the country. This is especially detrimental for an emerging economy that has not yet overcome the devastating effects of the 2008–2009 global financial crisis. The situation would have been even worse, but for international...

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Vladimir Socor is a senior fellow of The Jamestown Foundation and regular writer for Eurasia Daily Monitor.

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Ukraine Grants More Powers to Localities in Russian-Controlled Territory (Part Two)

September 19, 2014 04:59 PM

Ukraine’s law on the “special procedure of local self-administration in individual districts in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces” (Ukraiynska Pravda, September 16; see Part One of this article)...


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