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Moscow Is Ready to Supply Iran With Powerful S-300 Missiles

April 16, 2015 04:37 PM

This week (April 13), President Vladimir Putin signed an ukaz (presidential decree) to allow the export of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Putin’s decision overruled a previous ukaz signed by then-president Dmitry Medvedev, on September 22, 2010, which incorporated into Russian law United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 imposing, among other things, a limited arms embargo on Iran for continuing uranium enrichment. In 2007, Tehran signed a contract to buy five S-300PMU-1 anti-aircraft missile “complexes” for some $800 million, with some 40 missile launchers, an array of...


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Will Turkey Choose the European or Eurasian Energy Union?

April 17, 2015

The sixth meeting of the World Forum on Energy Regulation is scheduled to be held on May 25–28, in Istanbul, and is being organized by the office of the prime minister of the Turkish Republic. The competitive and dynamically expanding nature of the energy sector in Eurasia has been boosting Turkey’s regional importance as it prepares to take on the role of a strategically important transit and...

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

Belarus Comes Under Criticism From Both Sides

April 17, 2015

A worsening economy, a strengthening national identity, a demographic recovery, and growing Russian criticism of Belarus’s sense of nationhood apart from Russia continue to dominate the news emanating from Belarus. In February 2015, registered economic output was 3 percent below that in February 2014; throughout the first two months of the year, exports shrank by 29.4 percent and imports by 30.9...

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

Allure of Islamic State’s Media Machine Attracts New Generation of Chechen Recruits

April 17, 2015

Emotions ran high in the Chechen community once again with the news that two school children from Pankisi, Georgia, went to Syria to fight, presumably alongside the Islamic State organization (see EDM, April 16). Earlier in April, 16-year-old Muslim Kushtanashvili and 18-year-old Ramzan Bagakashvili went to Syria from the Pankisi Gorge (Ekhokavkaza.mobi, April 9). One of them was in the 10th...

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

More of Georgia’s Muslims Try to Join Islamic State

April 16, 2015

On April 2, two high school boys from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, populated by Muslim Chechens (known as Kists in Georgia), disappeared and later contacted their parents, notifying them that they were in Turkey. It is widely believed that the teenagers are heading for Syria, in order to join the Islamic State (IS; formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria—ISIS). Some unverified reports...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Syria

Tide of Support for Islamic State in the North Caucasus Causes Alarm in Moscow

April 16, 2015

Russia watchers can hardly fail to notice that Moscow often reacts to events in the North Caucasus after a significant time lag. Several amirs of the Caucasus Emirate pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State back in November–December 2014. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), however, recently made a statement about this development as if it had just happened. “Some field commanders...

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

Russian MTS Returns to Uzbekistan: Implications for Bilateral Relations

April 15, 2015

In December 2014, Russian telecommunications company Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) resumed its business in Uzbekistan after a two-and-half-year absence. In 2012, Uzbekistan’s authorities had accused the company’s local subsidiary, Uzdunrobita (also known as MTS-Uzbekistan), of pursuing illicit financial schemes and illegally exploiting more than 250 base stations in the country. The return of MTS to...

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China Strengthens Clout in Kazakhstan Amid Russian Weakness

April 15, 2015

On March 26–28, Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Karim Massimov paid a working visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), first to discuss bilateral issues in Beijing and then to attend the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) conference in the province of Hainan. Founded in 1997, this non-governmental organization is modeled after the famous World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and focuses its...

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Land Reform in Dagestan Promises to Be a Rough Ride

April 15, 2015

The outspoken governor of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, has announced that land reform in the republic is imminent. At a recent agricultural forum in the village of Averyanovka in the republic’s Kizlyar district, Abulatipov said he had told his administration to prepare all the necessary documents for land reform in Dagestan within three months. The essence of land reform in Dagestan is...

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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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‘National-Cultural’ Enclaves: Moscow’s New Game in Ukrainian-Moldovan Borderland

April 13, 2015 03:50 PM

Russia demands a “special status” for certain territories in Ukraine and Moldova as a device to promote territorial secession processes. Moscow encourages local Russophile groups to claim a “special...


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