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As Geneva Fails, Violence Escalates and Russian Troops Are on the Move

April 24, 2014 08:59 PM

The agreement to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis, signed at a meeting last week in Geneva by top foreign policy executives of Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, failed to decrease tensions and prevent further escalation (see EDM, April 17). The armed pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk refused to disarm or de-occupy buildings as agreed in Geneva. Whereas, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Gnezdilov, told reporters: “We will de-occupy the regional administration building only after the...

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The Ukrainian Crisis and Lukashenka’s Rating

April 24, 2014

According to the March 2014 national survey by the Independent Institute for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS), the most reputable Belarusian polling firm funded by the West and registered in Lithuania, the electoral rating of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has climbed five percentage points since December 2013 and reached 39.8 percent. This many people would vote for Lukashenka if...

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Joining Islamic Conference Could Help Kyiv Defend Crimean Tatars

April 24, 2014

Mustafa Cemilev, a member of the Ukrainian parliament and leader of the Crimean Tatar movement, says that Kyiv will seek membership in the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC—formerly called the Organization of the Islamic Conference), a move that could help Ukraine rally support in the Muslim world for the recovery of Crimea. That seems especially likely now that the Russian occupying...

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Mongolia Hosts Brief Visit From US Defense Secretary

April 23, 2014

The last stop of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on his ten-day trip to Hawaii and Asia was to landlocked Mongolia. His short visit on April 10 featured charming photo-ops of his unique gift from the Mongolian government—a buff-colored horse that he named “Shamrock.” Although his position warranted this traditional gift from the Mongolian perspective, this honor, presented in the auspicious...

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Russian Military Says It Will Lift Restrictions on Drafting North Caucasians

April 23, 2014

On March 31, a Russian Joint Staff official, Lieutenant General Vasiliy Tonkoshkurov, made a surprise statement about the country’s conscription campaign at a press conference on the spring 2014 military draft campaign in Russia. During the event Tonkoshkurov announced that residents of the North Caucasus would start being drafted into the Russian military along with everybody else. “Dagestan,...

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

Black Cats in a Dark Room: Moscow’s Denials of Military Involvement in Eastern Ukraine

April 23, 2014

Denials by Russia’s political-military leadership concerning alleged military involvement in eastern Ukraine are unsurprising and bear a resemblance to the official line on Crimea, until President Vladimir Putin recently confirmed their use. However, certain aspects of these official denials may shed some light on Moscow’s wider strategy in the Ukraine crisis. In each case, both in Crimea and in...

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The Olympic Truce Between Russia and Georgia

April 18, 2014

The chief of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), Alexander Bortnikov, stated at an April 9 meeting of the Russian security services and law enforcement agencies that the FSB thwarted a terrorist attack during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. “The prevention of the attack was possible thanks to the FSB’s cooperation with the security services of the United States, France, Germany, Austria...

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Victory Over North Caucasus Insurgency Remains Elusive for Moscow

April 18, 2014

The Russian authorities have admitted that the situation involving the insurgency in the North Caucasus has no clear positive outlook for the government. The Main Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Interior in the North Caucasus Federal District confirmed this assessment in a report on its counter-insurgency campaign in the region in the first quarter of 2014. According to the report, 36...

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Further Rapprochement in Russo-Chinese Relations? Opportunities Versus Roadblocks

April 18, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit China for a summit in May. In advance of that meeting, Russian sources are again claiming that an agreement on a gas pipeline will be reached between Gazprom and its Chinese partners. Allegedly, both sides have agreed to the pricing formula and the volume of deliveries, though the actual price has yet to be decided. Russia will apparently...

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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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Pro-Russia Paramilitaries Seize Ground in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of International Negotiations

April 16, 2014 08:26 PM

Pro-Russia armed groups fanned out during April 11–14 across Donetsk oblast, capturing the seats of authority in town after town: Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Makiyivka, Mariupol, Horlivka, Khartsyzk,...

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