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September 12, 2016 04:47 PM

Tenth Annual Terrorism Conference

Save the Date! Wednesday, December 14th

The National Press ClubGrand Ballroom 529 14th St. NW, 13th FloorWashington, DC 20045

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After a Delay, Russia Delivers New Types of Weapons to Armenia

September 26, 2016 04:19 PM

During preparations for a military parade to mark the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence on September 21, Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile launchers (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) appeared on the streets of Yerevan. This development became one of the most discussed issues in Armenia for the next few days.

Several media reports about the parade rehearsal asserted that the vehicles that appeared in the streets were Iskander-Ms; however, that type of weapon, with a range of 500 kilometers, could not be exported unless Russia decided to discard the Missile Technology...

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Moscow Supports Creation of Single Agricultural Cossack Enterprise in Stavropol Region

September 27, 2016

In the past several years, Moscow has reinvigorated its efforts to unite the plethora of Cossack organizations in southern Russia. One of the most important issues dividing various groups of Cossacks has been their affiliation with the government. Some Cossack communities belong to so-called “registered” (reestrovye) and others to “public” (obshchestvennye) organizations. The former are...

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

The ‘Prussian Curse’ on Kaliningrad Governors Remains Unbroken

September 27, 2016

On July 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin relieved the governor of Kaliningrad Oblast, Nikolay Tsukanov, of his duties (, July 29). Tsukanov’s temporary replacement, Major-General Evgeny Zinichev, used to head the local branch of the Federal Security Service (FSB) (, July 28). Later, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov confirmed Zinichev had previously also served as a...

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Is Putin Planning a ‘Hybrid’ Deportation of Crimean Tatars and North Caucasians?

September 27, 2016

Reportedly, the Kremlin is mulling an idea to relocate 500,000–1,000,000 people from the southern portions of the Russian Federation to the Far East and Siberia. This prospect has sparked fears among some non-Russians. Specifically, certain regional minorities, including Crimean Tatars from the Russian-occupied Ukrainian peninsula, fear President Vladimir Putin may use this program to carry out a...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Europe, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Far East/Siberia

Belarus and Russia Experience New Bout of Tensions

September 26, 2016

In recent years, there has been no shortage of bad blood between Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and the Russian Kremlin. For example, in February 2004, Lukashenka referred to the stoppage of Russian natural gas flows into Belarus, in retaliation for Belarus’s insistence on lower prices, as “terrorism at the highest level.” And in June 2009, following a milk war—i.e., a series of...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Economics, Europe, Belarus, Russia

Russian Regional Elections: Complete Predictability Can Become Unpredictable

September 26, 2016

The September 18 Russian elections (see EDM, September 19) were not only for the State Duma. In this “single voting day,” Russians also elected 7 governors and 39 regional legislative assemblies.

Governors in today’s Russia are formally elected by a direct vote, but this system is not fully free (see EDM, March 25). Competitive and free gubernatorial elections in Russia lasted from 1996 to...

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SOCAR’s Complicated DESFA Deal Faces New Setbacks

September 22, 2016

Rovnag Abdullayev, the head of Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR), told reporters on September 5 that his company is waiting for an explanation from the Greek government for its violation of the originally agreed-upon privatization terms for Greece’s Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) (, September 6). In 2013, SOCAR won a tender to acquire a 66 percent share of DESFA, which...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, Europe, Balkans, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan

Chechnya Hosts International Islamic Conference

September 22, 2016

It has become common practice for the authorities to hold large international Islamic conferences in Chechnya. The latest such conference took place on August 25–27, 2016, in Grozny. Over 100 religious leaders from 30 countries took part in the gathering, including Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, India, South Africa and Azerbaijan. Notably, however, a delegation from Turkey was...

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Russian Military Presence in Syria Increasing With Carrier Deploying to Eastern Mediterranean

September 22, 2016

It took several month of intermittent talks between the United States and Russia and many multi-hour marathon sessions between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to hammer out the Syrian ceasefire agreement that went into effect on September 12. But this latest accord collapsed within days. Sufficient humanitarian aid to relieve besieged Syrian civilians—a...

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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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NATO’s New Force Posture in the Baltic Region: Pluses and Minuses (Part Two)

September 6, 2016 08:47 PM


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It was a summit of modest expectations and modest results for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Warsaw on July 8–9. These results are of an...

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