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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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Moscow Dismisses Western Sanctions, as Fighting in Donbas Intensifies

July 31, 2014 05:16 PM

This week, the United States and the European Union imposed long-awaited and feared punitive economic sanctions aimed at sectors of the Russian economy and designed to change President Vladimir Putin’s policies on Ukraine. But in Moscow, they are seen as lopsided and largely ineffective. The Russian stock exchange and the ruble rebounded sharply after experts and investors evaluated the true extent of the announced measures. The access of several major Russian state-controlled banks (VTB, Bank Moskvi and Rossekhozbank) to Western money markets will be limited, but the Russian Central Bank has...


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Asymmetric Ties and a Balancing Act

July 31, 2014

The geopolitical perspective that Belarus is being squeezed between Russia and the European Union remains relevant. New information continues to reveal modest but noticeable attempts to improve Belarus’s relations with the West (see EDM, July 23) as well as the ambivalent role of Russia, Belarus’s most important ally and sponsor.

On Belarus’s western flank, the most notable activity has involved...

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

Ingushetia’s Yevkurov Appears to Back Blood Revenge Against Militants’ Relatives

July 31, 2014

One of the favorite activities of the governors of the North Caucasian republics is to frequently count the number of rebels in their respective republics. Every year they lower the figure for the number of rebels in their region and highlight for Moscow their personal role in “weakening” the rebels.

This time, the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, conducted a census of the militants in...

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

Georgian Prime Minister Reshuffles the Cabinet to Divert the Blame

July 30, 2014

On July 21, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced the first major cabinet reshuffle since the Georgian Dream (GD) coalition came to power in October 2012. The shake-up affected seven ministers: two were moved from one cabinet post to another, while the other five lost their positions. Overall, seven agencies: the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia

Russian Power Vertical Fails to Deliver in Dagestan

July 30, 2014

A series of mass arrests of practicing Muslims was carried out in Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala and other cities in the republic in July. At the time, a Muslim parishioner described to Kavkazsky Uzel what was happening: “When a Muslim exits a mosque, the police are waiting for him. They force the person into their car. Then the Muslims are taken to the police station to check their documents,...

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

Tremors in the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’s’ Military and Political Hierarchy (Part Two)

July 30, 2014

 

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On the ground in Ukraine’s east, the most significant Russia-backed separatist field commanders continue operating autonomously from Igor Girkin/Strelkov—the self-proclaimed military leader of the pro-Russia rebel forces and “defense minister” of the “Donetsk People’s Republic [“DPR”].” They basically “coordinate,” taking orders from him...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Tremors in the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’s’ Military and Political Hierarchy (Part One)

July 30, 2014

On July 28, Russian state television presented Vladimir Antyufeyev as “acting chairman of the council of ministers of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR prime minister],” and featured an interview with Antyufeyev from Donetsk (Rossiya 1 TV, July 28).

Earlier on that day, Antyufeyev himself told local media that he was moving up from his “deputy prime minister’s” post to that of “first deputy...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vlad’s Corner, Home Page, Featured, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

US Downsizes Military Ties With Central Asia

July 29, 2014

In June 2014, Central Asian media (centrasia.ru, June 19; avesta.tj, kursiv.kz, June 20) widely republished a June 18 article by EurasiaNet that analyzed the United States Defense Department’s latest biannual report to Congress regarding the implementation of its Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities program in the first half of FY2014. The report asserts that US military and security aid...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Military/Security, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan , Kazakhstan , Tajikistan

Eurasian Union Can Live With Armenian Occupation of Azerbaijani Lands, Moscow Expert Says

July 29, 2014

Many commentators in Moscow, Baku and Ankara have expressed the hope that the inclusion of countries in the South Caucasus in Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union (EaEU) will lead to the resolution of the Karabakh dispute. But a Russian expert says that the inclusion of Armenia into the Eurasian Union “will not violate the existing status quo around Nagorno-Karabakh. More than that, it will...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Armenia, Russia

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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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Tremors in the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’s’ Military and Political Hierarchy (Part Two)

July 30, 2014 05:39 PM

 

Read Part One here.

    

On the ground in Ukraine’s east, the most significant Russia-backed separatist field commanders continue operating autonomously from Igor...


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