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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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Chisinau Says Pro-Moscow Provocations Ahead

September 16, 2014 04:35 PM

Mihai Balan, director of Moldova’s Intelligence and Security Service (SIS), says the organization has evidence that Moscow is planning to stage provocations in his country in the coming weeks, in advance of the Moldovan November parliamentary elections. Russia will utilize not only traditional sources of Transnistria in the north and Gagauzia in the southeast, he argues, but Moscow also intends to put in play “hundreds of NGOs [non-governmental organizations]” and political parties that receive financing and direction from the Russian government. The goals of these actions, he says, are to...

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Russia, NATO Continue to Hold Countervailing Military Exercises in and Around Ukraine

September 16, 2014

In the wake of worsening Russian-Western relations over Ukraine, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is holding Rapid Trident military exercises, on September 16–26, in Ukraine near Lviv. According to European Command (EUCOM) spokesman Gregory Hicks, the drills will bring together about 1,300 troops from 15 countries, including Ukraine, NATO members Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, the United...

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Putin Orders Largest Snap Inspection Exercise of the Year

September 16, 2014

On September 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “snap inspection” of the Armed Forces in Eastern Military District (MD). The motif of the “snap inspection” has been popularized by the defense minister, Army-General Sergei Shoigu, since early 2013 and used to great effect during the Ukraine crisis as an additional tool to maintain Moscow’s pressure on the Ukrainian government and to...

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Between Uncle Sam and ‘Uncle Vova’

September 15, 2014

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has somewhat softened his rhetoric about the supposed crucial role of the United States in sparking the Ukrainian crisis (see EDM, September 9). On September 9, during his visit to the Minsk Industrial Leather Association, he said that “the root causes of the situation in Ukraine have nothing to do with Americans or Europeans but with Ukrainians alone. These causes are...

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Head of Dagestan Faces Criticism From Moscow

September 15, 2014

September 8 marked a year since Ramazan Abdulatipov became governor of Dagestan. Abdulatipov was officially appointed governor of the region in September 2013, even though he had been the acting interim head of the republic since January 2013. Despite Moscow’s approval of Abdulatipov and the sweeping changes he heralded with his anti-corruption and modernization campaigns, the political situation...

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

The Pause in the Ukraine War Is Not Putin’s Victory

September 15, 2014

The tragic battles around Donetsk and Luhansk (collectively known as the Donbas region) have taken a pause, and as civilians try to rebuild a semblance of normal life, leaders are figuring out how to now move forward. In his first 100 days, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has shown the ability to absorb hard blows, but now he needs to find both resolve to rebuild confidence in his...

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The North Caucasus Insurgency: One Year Without Doku Umarov

September 12, 2014

The armed resistance in the North Caucasus is transforming and adapting to the new conditions under the Caucasus Emirate’s new emir. September 7 marked exactly one year since the death of the insurgency’s former leader, Doku Umarov (Kavkavsky Uzel, March 18). Umarov was poisoned by food prepared by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and channeled through the Ingush jamaat (Dailymotion, July...

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

Ukraine May Harm Itself by Slapping Sanctions on Russia

September 12, 2014

On September 10, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed into law a bill on sanctions against Russia (, September 10). The law was published in official newspapers on September 11, which gave Poroshenko legal grounds to, as soon as September 12, slap sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea in March, arming pro-Russia militants in the eastern Donbas region since about the same...

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The Rationale Behind Putin’s Visit to Mongolia Amid the Ukrainian Crisis

September 12, 2014

While on a several-day visit to the Russian Far East (see Jamestown Blog on Russia and Eurasia, September 9), Russian President Vladimir Putin spent less than six hours in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on September 3. He took this trip amidst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and just one day before the 2014 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Wales. While Western media outlets commented on...

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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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Armistice in Ukraine Leaves Part of Donbas Under Russian Control (Part Two)

September 11, 2014 05:11 PM

On September 5, Ukraine, Russia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and leaders of the Moscow-backed separatist “governments” signed an armistice agreement in Minsk. The...

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